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Austin Child Psychologist

Austin Anxiety and OCD Specialists

Austin Anxiety and OCD Specialists provide compassionate, goal-oriented, evidence-based treatment. There may be many reasons that a child or adolescent may benefit  from psychological support from a child psychologist in Austin. At times, genetic vulnerability to emotional distress may play a role, life circumstances such as the loss of a loved one, family violence and conflict, sports injury,illness, and the experience of stress in any form may impair a child’s ability to function to his or her fullest potential.

While the reasons for therapy may at times be clear and at other times may be confusing, we know that nowadays children are faced with significantly more stressors in contrast to past generations.

Do you want to learn how to make positive changes?

The mental health and wellness communities have learned that children who are experiencing emotional and behavioral challenges tend to do better when they have someone outside of their families with whom they can feel comfortable and can trust to share their experiences. Parents can provide their children with the gift of a safe and caring therapeutic relationship that can foster healing, teach skills, and increase resiliency to bolster children’s ability to cope with life’s challenges.

Some behaviors you may want to consult a child psychologist about

  1. If your preschooler doesn’t seem to enjoy playing, has severe tantrums, has a poor appetite, or is excessively clingy.
  2. If your 5-12 year old doesn’t seem to care or has lost confidence, has physical complaints without a medical cause, has difficulty concentrating, is “grumpy,” and has lost interest in fun activities.
  3. If your teenager is isolated, has a “bad attitude,” worries about peers and sports, demonstrates significant changes in sleep and eating patterns, and is engaging in risky behaviors.

Exploring these behaviors may put your mind at rest and help your child get back on track to healthy development.

Dr. Misti Nicholson is a clinical psychologist specializing in assessment and child and adolescent therapy. Dr. Scatigno strongly believes in treating her clients and their families with compassion, care, and respect while challenging them to grow and make positive changes in their lives.

Dr. Nicholson creates a warm and judgment free relationship in which clients can feel safe and comfortable, learn new skills, and develop new patterns of relating to others.

Most importantly, Dr. Nicholson believes that child therapy can be fun and rewarding and may even include play and art techniques for younger clients, as these modalities may be a more natural means of self expression in contrast to traditional talk therapy that adults utilize.

Commonly treated conditions include:

  • Separation Anxiety
  • Health Anxiety
  • Social Anxiety
  • Test Anxiety
  • Blood-Injection-Injury Phobia
  • Generalized Anxiety
  • PSTD (Posttraumatic Stress)
  • OCD (Obsessive Compulsive)

What is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive behavioral therapy is based on an integration of cognitive (initially developed by Aaron Beck) and behavioral theories. This theory explains a person’s experiences as occurring in a tri-directional dimension of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors (picture a triangle). It is theorized that a person’s core beliefs of him/herself, others, the world, and the future is based on early life experiences. In an optimal environment, a person learns that he/she is competent and lovable, that others are dependable, the world is safe, and the future is bright. Unfortunatetly, this is not always the case and unhealthy schemas can develop. Stressful life events can trigger negative “schemas” also known as core beliefs. CBT can help a person understand the ways they process information and learn skills to adjust their thoughts, feeling, and behaviors, to help them function better. Exposure/ response prevention is part of CBT in which clients create a hierarchy of feared stimuli and learn how to master feelings of fear and anxiety. People learn how to face and overcome their fears and worries and learn to tolerate uncertainty. CBT has been extensively researched and found to be effective for adult and child depression, anxiety, attention deficit, personality, and substance abuse disorders.

Mindfulness teaches you how to have a different relationship with your thoughts and how to observe and notice your thoughts, rather than react to them.

Does CBT work for kids?

Yes, CBT including relaxation training has been adapted to treat children as young as preschool ages and DBT has been adapted for adolescents. These both incorporate the use of workbooks, games, and activities to make the skill building and therapy enjoyable and age-appropriate.

  • Location Austin
  • Slogan Austin Anxiety and OCD Specialists
  • Listing categories Business, Medical & Healthcare

  • Address Austin Anxiety and OCD Specialists
    205 Wild Basin Rd S #3 Suite 202
    Austin, TX, 78746