Who We Treat
We see the following age groups for both psychiatric and therapy treatment:
Toddlers/preschool-aged children (under 5's)
School-aged children (6-12)
Young Adults (18-25)
Toddlers and preschool aged children may face mental health difficulties due to a variety of factors ranging from medical and developmental disorders to exposure to home stressors or trauma. Mental health problems for children under 5 may be evidenced by poor weight gain, delayed development, aggressive behavior, or sleep problems. Young children with mental health or social-emotional concerns may be difficult to console or they may express fear and distress in new or novel situations. Symptoms of depression and anxiety can begin to surface as early as infancy. Interventions geared to children under 5 typically do not include the individual child, but actively involves the parent or caregiver.
Children and adolescents experience problems at home or at school for many reasons. They may be highly anxious and have difficulty separating from a parent. They may refuse to go to school or talk at school even when they are able to speak freely in other settings. They may find it difficult to find or keep friends, resulting in a feeling of social isolation. Other children struggle with following the routine and rules of a school day. They may present as inattentive or distractable in the classroom, or they may have difficulty sitting still and move through their day as if powered by a motor, always on the go. Some children present as disruptive or defiant at school, ignoring or refusing to follow school rules, at times engaging in aggressive behavior towards themselves or others. Some children may exhibit these behaviors at school and in the home or community; other children may act out in some settings but not others.
Older adolescents and young adults may grapple with identity issues. They may be experiencing anxiety related to school or career challenges, or they may struggle with navigating peer or parent-child relationships.
The impact of home stressors that children and adolescents are dealing with, such as the birth or death of a sibling, a geographical move, a change of school or other family strain may be acted out in the school or community setting as well as the home.
Adults seek treatment for a variety of behavioral or emotional concerns. Island Psychiatry utilizes a variety of approaches to help address and resolve the issues that are interfering with living a full life.
The Unified-Specialties approach of Island Psychiatry includes a collaborative treatment team of mental health professionals from different disciplines under one roof. This biopsychosocial approach leads to a comprehensive mental health plan for children, adolescents and adults that provides the support and assistance needed to help them grow and develop.
In individual therapy, a child, adolescent or adult meets with a trained therapist in a safe, caring environment to explore feelings and behaviors and to work through challenges. Island Psychiatry utilizes a variety of approaches, including psychotherapy, CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy), Interpersonal, Motivational Interviewing and Social Cognition Therapy.
The purpose of couples therapy is to restore a better level of functioning in couples who experience distress in their relationship. There may be a variety of reasons for this distress, including poor communication between partners, incompatibility, or mental health concerns, among others. A couples therapist treats the relationship between two people rather than focusing on the individual. The goal is to gain insight into the relationship and resolve conflict.
Often during our work with children and adolescents, we realize how stressful the situation may befor the entire family. Family therapy can help families effectively deal with the stressor. Through family therapy, a family can also learn to be a strong support for its member who is going through the treatment.
In group therapy, people with similar concerns or diagnoses meet in a group - often ranging from 5 to 10 people - to explore and discuss concerns and experiences. Groups are led by a facilitator who will guide the discussion while providing information and support. Benefits of group therapy include meeting other people in similar situations or with similar difficulties and providing opportunities to share personal stories and struggles in a safe atmosphere with others.