Children's Therapy

The children in therapy at ICFT  have many great qualities, but still something is not working. Parents have tried, the child has tried, and still there is frustration, disappointment, or worry. Having your child assessed and treated by a trained therapist can make all the difference.

Experts in Child and Family Therapy: Every therapist at ICFT has an advanced degree in family therapy and is specifically trained to work with children and their families. Every therapist at ICFT is licensed by the State of Ohio to assess, diagnose, and provide therapy to children and their families. Every therapist at ICFT provides expert coaching so parents and children learn new skills in order to enjoy their current stage of life and be better prepared for the next.

Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning: Every child at ICFT is assessed to determine the best course of treatment. The assessment process always begins with an initial 2 hour parents-only session. After the parents-only session, we typically meet to assess your child for 1-3 hours depending on your child’s age and complexity of the current struggles. The assessment process concludes with a parents-only session. During this session, we will discuss the results of all assessments, collaborate with you on your child’s diagnosis, and explain our recommended next steps. 

Collaboration with Schools, Physicians, and more Intensive Treatment: After assessing your child, we may recommend that you seek additional support. For example, it might be helpful to collaborate with your child’s school to discuss a support plan, with your child’s pediatrician or a psychiatrist for medication, or maybe a more intensive treatment facility is indicated. If we make a recommendation for additional support, a parent session will be scheduled to help navigate these paths. ICFT therapists are very experienced in working with schools, in providing psychopharmacological education to parents, and in collaborating with more intensive treatment facilities until your child can "step down" to being treated at ICFT.  

Parental Involvement: As much as it is clinically appropriate, we want parents to be involved and included in your child’s therapy. We will work with you to determine the best way to keep you an active part of your child’s treatment. If you would like to learn new ways of helping your child and you want to contribute towards your child’s success, seeking therapy from ICFT might make sense for you. 

ICFT helps children and families struggling with:

  • Behavioral problems
  • Academic Struggles
  • Social Skills Deficits
  • Friendship Issues
  • Managing Electronics/Social Media
  • Anger/Irritability
  • Sadness/Depression
  • Worries/Anxiety/Stress
  • ADHD and ADD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Separation and Divorce Issues

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