Therapy for Children, Teens and Adults
- Therapy for children and teens: Overview
- Therapists for children and teens: Schedule an appointment
- Therapy for adults in Los Altos: Bay Area
- Therapists for adults: Schedule an appointment
Therapy for Children
Children can face a range of difficult problems in their lives that might include sadness, anxiety, academic stress and family conflicts. They need to learn how to understand, control and share their emotions appropriately. They also may struggle to control their behavior and meet the expectations of their parents and teachers. Our child psychologists specialize in supportive therapy for children to help them work through these issues and make better choices in their lives. A child therapist can be a trusted mentor who helps children grow, mature and overcome obstacles.
Therapy for Adolescents
Adolescence can be a difficult stage in life. Adolescents face increased academic and social pressures just at a time when they are often less open to parental advice. A licensed psychologist can provide an adolescent with needed emotional support in an honest, non-judgmental professional setting. Therapy provides an opportunity for adolescents to work through difficult feelings and learn how to get their needs met. Some adolescents just need a little help to get back on track, and others have more severe mental health issues, such as depression, substance abuse and eating disorders.
Therapy for Adults
Psychotherapy for adults is a collaborative and goal-oriented process and encourages work in between sessions with the psychotherapist. In cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), we look closely at the relationship between thoughts, behaviors, feelings and physiological states. These four aspects of the self are intricately related, and small changes in one area lead to changes in other areas. In particular, we attempt to increase positive behaviors and challenge irrational and unproductive thought patterns to create a greater sense of well-being.
Psychological Testing & Therapy: Bay Area
- Psychological testing overview: Bay Area
- Psychological testing: Meet our licensed psychologists
- We attend school meetings throughout the Bay Area
Psychological Testing and Education Services: Bay Area
Whether a child is inattentive, anxious, sad or struggling to learn, parents may feel unsure of the best ways to help. Through psychological testing and educational support, we guide parents in a compassionate way to a better understanding of the issues and effective solutions.
Since 2000, parents have put their trust in the licensed psychologists at The Pratt Center for psychological assessments of their children. We highlight areas of strength and talent while documenting any less developed skills. We complete psychological assessments of intelligence, academic skills and learning disabilities. We also evaluate anxiety, depression and social skills. Psychological testing can document issues with attention, memory and processing speed.
Psychological testing can assist parents in school placement and clarify the need for educational accommodations and special education services. In completing a psychological assessment, our licensed psychologists spend 18 to 24 hours to gain a comprehensive understanding of your child. We are financially independent of schools, and our psychologists are qualified to give diagnoses, including learning disabilities, ADHD, depression, anxiety, Aspergers and other conditions. We generally have psychological assessment reports ready within one or two weeks of when testing is completed. Our recommendations are thorough, practical and easily understood.
Reviews from Former Psychological Assessment Clients
These reviews about our psychological assessments were submitted anonymously to our web site, or they were posted on a public review sites. Consistent with the APA ethics code, we never solicit testimonials from current psychological testing clients.
"Dr. Rebecca MurrayMetzger was amazing with my daughter. She was very responsive on email, patient with my 5 year old and answered all of our questions. I was uncertain about testing, but Dr. MurrayMetzger's explanation of the results, along with her knowledge of local schools greatly assisted us in selecting the best options for her learning style. I strongly recommend her to anyone looking for IQ testing and/or a student evaluation."
"Dr. Pratt’s evaluation was a true turning point for our child, who had been having difficulty for years, but we didn't understand why until Dr. Pratt's accurate diagnosis and suggested treatment, which proved to be very effective."
"Dr. Pratt did a very through evaluation that resulted in excellent insights into our son. Dr. Pratt patiently answered all of our questions and was very helpful. He made our son feel very comfortable through the testing process. I would highly recommend Dr. Pratt."
"We have been extremely happy with all of the services we have received at The Pratt Center. Dr. Pratt was a thorough, insightful and responsive evaluator for our son, and he served as a critical connection between us and our son’s school. He was also incredibly helpful and supportive during a family crisis, going above and beyond what we expected in order to help us through it. It is hard for us to imagine what we would have done without him in that situation! We are also really happy with our son’s current clinician, Dr. Christina Walker. She is knowledgeable, kind, and maintains very good communication with us (the parents). We feel that our family is in good hands, not just in the present, but for the long-term."
"I thought our time with Dr. Pratt was extremely helpful! I am grateful that we were able to take advantage of his services. It shed some much needed light on our daughter and how she thinks, processes, and feels about herself. Dr. Pratt was professional and very personable. I have already recommended his services to others. Thank you."
"We were quite pleased with the professionalism and thoroughness that the Dr. Pratt brought to the assessment process. It is clear that Dr. Pratt is experienced and knowledgeable in his field of expertise. He gives clear and balanced assessments which combine rigor with compassion."
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