We provide the following services.
- Comprehensive Psychological Assessments and Psychological Testing
Individual therapy is a joint venture between you and a therapist (or counselor, or psychologist… we have a range of titles) who is specifically trained to help you identify, understand and navigate your experience. We often begin by attending to a specific problem or set of circumstances that has caused distress. At some level, this involves exploring your emotional world. We think of emotions as a compass; they are designed to help us navigate the world. One of our strengths at Alcorn & Allison is helping people attend to, make sense out of, and utilize their emotions as they face into adversity.
Individual therapy is catered to your individual needs, however the foundation always begins with a core sense of trust and genuine connection with your therapist. As therapy is a vulnerable and uniquely personal endeavor, finding the right therapist to connect with is key. Check out our staff page and you can read about all of our trained clinicians.
We work individually with children, adolescents and adults. The topics, problem areas and focus of individual therapy are as unique as the individual we are working along with in treatment. See a list of some of our specialty areas and contact us to learn more and take the next step toward self enrichment.
Most couples enter a therapist’s office when they feel their relationship is approaching or has reached a point of crisis. Communication tends to get stuck in a painful cycle and people who once felt close now are struggling to connect. Our goal as therapists is to help people evaluate their relational barriers clearly, build upon their strengths, and enhance their ability to communicate effectively. The process of helping people break disruptive patterns and finding ways of reconnecting is incredibly gratifying work.
Couples counseling can help turn a tumultuous time into an opportunity for tremendous healing and growth. The couples therapist can be experienced as a neutral guide which helps uncover new understanding, make important changes and provide tools to effectively cope and work together. To learn more about the theoretical model we utilize here at A&A click here.
If you are at a crisis time in your relationship, or are interested in expanding on healthy relationship patterns and preventing pitfalls, please contact us to learn more about couples treatment.
We feel fortunate to have had so many opportunities over the years to walk with families as they cope with adversity. It is profoundly important work, and we feel honored when parents choose us to be that secure base from which they set out to strengthen the connections in their family. The pace and pitfalls of daily life can create tremendous obstacles for kids and their parents. Their ability to stay close and connected to one another is frequently tested. We have tried to create a place where every member of a family feels safe to look at the obstacles confronting them and empowered to hold on to the relationships they value most. At Alcorn & Allison, we do more than just de-escalate family conflict… though that’s often a big part of our work. We seek to help families reconnect.
Family therapy looks different for every family unit. In each session, our trained therapists will provide a structured and safe environment in which to explore and attend to each individual’s needs. If you believe your family could benefit from deepened understanding and mutual reconnection, please contact us to learn more about our family therapists and services.
Psychological testing is a comprehensive treatment procedure used to answer questions related to emotional and cognitive functioning for children, adolescents, and adults. The process begins with a “referral question” proposed by a therapist, a teacher, parents, or client. The first meeting involves a clinical interview, followed by the administration of objective, projective, and cognitive tests. After the administration, the data is integrated with important client history for the written report and feedback session. Testing results allows for medication and treatment plan adjustments. In addition to identifying problematic patterns, psychological testing can point out individual strengths of the client.
Whereas cognitive functioning is often part of a test battery for questions related to emotional functioning, it serves a separate purpose for questions pertaining to processing deficits and learning disabilities. This procedure often includes the use of continuous performance testing, used to assess visual and auditory processing under high and low demand situations. Intellectual testing and, if necessary, achievement testing shed light on verbal and perceptual strengths and weaknesses, as well as potential discrepancies between aptitude and achievement. The findings can be used by schools to discuss accommodations related to a Section 504 Plan or an Individual Education Plan.
Testing is often covered by BCBS insurance. However, we offer sliding scale for clients without adequate coverage. Please contact Chad Alcorn, Psy.D. for more questions at ext. 12
Children have unique behavioral and emotional needs within the therapeutic environment. Child therapists utilize special, age-appropriate techniques within therapy. Therapy with a young child is a combination of structure and creativity. It allows the therapist to help the young child make meaning of their experience and empower them to cope with their feelings.
An essential component to treatment with young children is collaboration with the family system. Goals are established and managed in partnership with the parent or caregiver. Ultimately, the therapist engages the family system to best understand the child and in turn can enhance the family’s understanding of their little one and offer unique ways in which to support his/her healthy growth.
There are many issues your young child may be facing which we can expertly address:
- Childhood Depression
- Childhood Anxiety
- Low Self Esteem
- Separation Anxiety
- Behavioral Problems
- Sensory Processing Issues
- Emotional Regulation Issues
- Temper Tantrums
- School Concerns
- Sleep Disruptions
- Infant Mental Health
- Typical and Atypical Child Development
- Sexuaized Behavior
- Attachment and Bonding
- Adoptive Family Issues
- Peer Relationships
- Parent Coaching/Caregiver Support
- Withdrawal Behaviors
Contact us today for more information about our services for young children.
Adolescence is an important time of self development and individuation. It can be a time of experimentation and vulnerability to their own emotional system. At times, a teenager’s world can be cryptic and closed off from caregivers. This may leave a parent to be wondering if their teen is experiencing “normal” adolescent mood shifts and behaviors, or if they should be worried about their child’s wellbeing.
Here are some signs that your teen may need extra support:
- Withdrawn or isolated from family and friends
- Withdrawn or isolated from family and friends
- Childhood Anxiety
- Disruptions in sleeping patterns
- Use of alcohol or drugs
- Physical symptoms such as headaches or stomach aches
- Self-Harm or suicidal thinking
- Changes in appetite
- Reporting they feel overwhelmed, stressed
Teenagers entering counseling for the first time may be apprehensive or uncomfortable. This is normal. Our therapists are prepared to meet the significant and distinct emotional and behavioral demands of teenagers in addition to lending support to potentially stressed parents. It can be difficult for a parent to know how to engage their teenager in counseling. We are here to help guide the process.