Child, Adolescent, and Family Therapy

Child, Teen and Family Therapy

Ages 5+

“Children (and teens) are resilient. With the right support, they can overcome any challenge.”

~ Dr. Bruce D. Perry

Our child and family team is committed to providing personalized and compassionate services to children, teenagers, and families. We take pride in tailoring our care to meet the unique needs of each child and family.

As a team, we are especially dedicated to offering the highest quality treatment options for children and families who have been through trauma and loss.

The Catalyst Center is proud to be neurodiversity-inclusive and LGBTQIA+ affirming.

Specialities

  • Somatic Trauma Recovery for Children and Families, including Pedatric EMDR and Brainspotting
  • Parent Traumatic Incident Recovery
  • Major Illnesses and Life-Limiting Conditions
  • Major Childhood Transitions (moving, divorce, etc.)
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Grief and Loss
  • Adoption
  • Medical Trauma
  • Child Abuse
  • Perinatal & Infant Mental Health
Pediatric EMDR

EMDR is an evidence-based practice initially developed by Francine Shapiro in 1987 as an intervention to overcome the psychologically devastating effects of trauma. EMDR with kids (Pediatric EMDR) follows the same 8-phase protocol as EMDR does for adults, with the main differences being what it looks like and how we talk about it with kids and parents. The ultimate goal is for the child to develop new positive cognitions, neural pathways, and a sense of empowerment as they integrate their trauma into their life narrative.

Learn more about EMDR with children in Libby Korrell, LCSW’s blog post. 

 

Child Therapy

 

Our child and family team is passionate about helping children and their families recover from significant losses, traumatic events, and medical challenges. We work with children to help them process trauma, grief, and loss via experiential and play-based therapies. These somatic therapies are designed to meet children at their level and use their “language” of play. Some of our techniques include:

 

  • EMDR (18 mos +): A research-validated treatment for trauma with over 25 years of research supporting its efficacy.
  • Brainspotting: A therapeutic approach deriving from EMDR that is used for treating trauma, improving performance, and overcoming psychological roadblocks.
  • Synergetic Play Therapy (3-10): A research-informed model of play therapy that blends nervous system regulation and attachment principles with the therapeutic power of play.
  • Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT): Using the therapeutic power of play (including sand tray) to help children process in a way they feel safe and empowered.
  • Theraplay: A didactic model where the therapist guides the parent and child through play.
  • Parent Coaching: Supporting parents through how to help their children post a traumatic event.
  • Nervous System Regulation: Using cutting-edge techniques to help children feel calmer and more regulated (offerings include the Safe and Sound Protocol, Kids yoga, and neurofeedback)
  • Perinatal & Infant Mental Health: Supporting new parents and their infants through the first few years.
Teen Therapy

 

 

Adolescence is a complex developmental period that brings many new stressors and challenges. Our highly-trained adolescent and teen team is well-versed in therapy techniques, including family therapy, talk therapy, EMDR, and brainspotting.

 

Topics we commonly address:

  • Trauma recovery
  • Friendships, dating, and healthy relationships
  • Identity development
  • Healthy boundaries
  • Neurodivergence
  • Gender and sexual orientation identity development
Brainspotting

Trauma therapists trained in Brainspotting often use this intervention to tap into the body’s innate ability to heal itself by accessing the deeper parts of the brain that hold emotional experiences, particularly those within the subcortical regions that are not easily accessed through traditional talk therapy.

For children who have experienced trauma, Brainspotting can be especially beneficial. It provides a non-invasive, gentle way for them to process their experiences without the need for extensive verbal communication, which can be challenging depending on the child’s age, developmental level, or the nature of their trauma. This technique can help children regulate their nervous system and reduce symptoms of anxiety, fear, and other trauma-related reactions. By facilitating the processing of trauma in a safe and supportive environment, Brainspotting can aid in the restoration of a sense of calm and balance in a child’s nervous system, promoting healing and resilience. This approach can be particularly empowering for children, offering them a way to engage in their healing process actively and creatively.

Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback Brain Training

Neurofeedback Brain Training is a 100% noninvasive, drug-free brain training system. It can help regulate your child or teen’s central nervous system, reducing stress and improving children’s and teens’ natural abilities to cope with stress and manage transitions. Neurofeedback is also a beneficial therapeutic intervention for ADHD, trauma, anxiety, and children who experience intense emotions. 

 

Child and Teen Psychological Assessment

Meet Our Assessment Team

Collaborative therapeutic assessment is a brief, intensive process to identify emotional, learning, and/or attentional conditions. Psychological assessment provides a clear, data-driven picture of what may contribute to your child’s difficulties. Feedback from your clinician and a final report provides clear guidance to help your child thrive at home and school. 

 

Our team provides assessment for:

    • ADHD 
    • Autism Spectrum
    • Giftedness and/or Learning Disability
    • Diagnostic Clarification for emotional/behavioral concerns

We collaborate closely with parents, referring providers, and school personnel to understand your child and provide valuable recommendations.

Meet Our Child Team Therapists

Accepting new children and families

Libby Korell, MSW, LCSW

Libby Korell, LCSW is passionate about her work helping people heal from complex, multilayered traumatic histories. She has special expertise in helping children and families coping with life limiting illness, abuse, major trauma and loss. She works with children, adults and parents in a caring, direct, and warm manner. She is highly adept at working with pregnant moms, postpartum families, and adults (ages 20 and up) struggling with depression, anxiety, or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder...

Hannah Pitts, MSW, LCSW

Hannah Pitts is passionate about her work with children, new mothers and parents, and complex, multilayered traumatic histories. Hannah has provided trauma-informed care to children, teens, and adults for nearly a decade. She works with all ages to provide sound care for all of her clients in a compassionate, non-judgmental environment. Hannah works with the whole family around medical issues, trauma, grief and loss, adoption, and blended families. She is trained in EMDR and Brainspotting...

Meet our Child and Adolescent Assessment Team

Collaborative therapeutic assessment is a brief, intensive process to identify emotional, learning, and/or attentional conditions. Psychological assessment provides a clear, data-driven picture of what may contribute to your child’s difficulties. Feedback from your clinician and a final report provides clear guidance to help your child thrive at home and school. 

Our team provides assessment for:

  • ADHD 
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Giftedness and/or Learning Disability
  • Diagnostic Clarification for emotional/behavioral concerns

We collaborate closely with parents, referring providers, and school personnel to understand your child and provide valuable recommendations.

Accepting New Assessment Cases

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Sarah Long, PsyD, LCP

Dr. Sarah Long is a gifted psychologist with over a decade of experience helping people to heal from the impacts of traumatic events and recover from eating disorders. Dr. Long leads the Eating Disorder team at Catalyst, provides EMDR, Psychedelic Assisted Therapy. Dr. Long also uses her expertise in Collaborative Therapeutic Assessment to evaluate complex Eating Disorder cases and provide guidance for treatment...

Joey Tadie, PhD, LCP

Dr. Joey Tadie is a talented psychologist with a gift for connecting with people. He is trained in EMDR and psychedelic-assisted therapy. He brings his high-energy, encouraging style to his work with clients dealing with depression, relationship problems, and trauma. He has special expertise in exploring spirituality and religion in therapy...

Erin Jacklin, PsyD, LCP

Dr. Erin Jacklin, CEO and founder of The Catalyst Center is passionate about psychedelic assisted therapy, assessing and celebrating neurodiversity, and depth supervision. A longtime meditator and keen observer of human patterns of behavior, Erin blends a calm centered presence with her deep knowledge base. She is not currenting taking new weekly therapy clients, but remains available for supervision, assessment, psychedelic assisted therapy, and business consulting...

CJ Clinkscales, PsyD

Dr. CJ Clinkscales is an intuitive clinician who has a gift for connecting deeply with clients. He brings a depth psychology perspective to his work in therapy, with adults and couples. He uses his skills in EMDR and psychedelic-assisted therapy to support deep, lasting healing. CJ is an LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist who works with individuals (16-70 years old) and couples, specializing in his work with teens and young adults. He creates a space for you to be your most authentic self as you delve into the challenges you might be facing and works collaboratively with you to individualize treatment for your needs...

Chelsea Campbell, PsyD, LCP

Dr. Chelsea Campbell is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Assessment Coordinator at Catalyst. She brings a direct but caring approach to her work with couples and individuals. She has special expertise in working with athletes, high achievers, and couples communication. Working with Chelsea in therapy or assessment will help you identify and build on your strengths. She is easy to talk to and deeply knowledgeable...

AJ Grovert, PsyD, LCP

Dr. AJ Grovert is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with expertise in EMDR, perinatal mental health, psychological assessment and psychedelic-assisted therapy. She has significant experience and passion for working with Jewish clients, LGBTQ+ communities, female veterans, and those recovering from religious traumas. She has been in practice for over 10 years and specializes in a number of areas such as trauma, perinatal mental health, anxiety, and emerging adulthood...

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EMDR with Children

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR is an evidence-based practice initially developed by Francine Shapiro in 1987 as an intervention to overcome the psychologically devastating effects of trauma. EMDR with kids follows the same 8-phase protocol as EMDR does for adults, with the main differences being what it looks...
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