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Psychological Services

Child, Teen & Family Therapy

Behavior Specialist

Parenting Support

Psychoeducational Testing 

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Services Provided

Let me help guide you, your child & your family through the difficult challenges that life can bring.



I provide individual therapy/counseling for children, teens, and young adults who are experiencing a variety of emotional or social difficulties due to academic problems, difficulties with peers, self-confidence issues, or recent changes in their lives (e.g., a family move, a school change, transition to college, or adjusting to the challenges of home-based online learning as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. I specialize in learning disorders and treating anxiety, depression, self-injurious behavior, and social and behavior issues.  I tailor intervention strategies to meet the individual needs and the developmental levels of each client. 

I offer 
psychoeducational consultation services to students of all ages to assist with study skills, motivation, time management, and to help mitigate school related stress.  

Knowing that a strong and balanced family is a source of healing and security for children of all ages, providing support to help your family develop adaptive and effective ways to be together is an emphasis of my practice. I offer family therapy and counseling for many different kinds of families: blended, single parent, traditional, foster/adoptive, and families where children are being raised by grandparents or extended family members. However, at this time, due to COVID-19, sessions are web-based only.  The advantage of having virtual sessions is that all family members, no matter where they are located, can participate.    

I believe that a strong family begins with the parent(s) and therefore, "parent work" remains the cornerstone of my treatment philosophy. I provide parenting support and education.  I can teach you skills that can help you develop a more positive relationship with your child through improving communication.    I also work with separated and divorced parents to help with co-parenting issues. In this role, I assist children and their parents make the adjustment to new schedules and living arrangements. I also help parents develop an action plan to address home and school issues that may arise as the direct result of children living in two different homes. 

And finally, as a behavior specialist, I work closely with parents who need guidance in managing their child's tantrums, oppositional, defiant, and attention seeking behaviors. I educate and empower parents about ways to bring about positive change in their parenting skills.
 

Individual Counseling and Therapy for Children and Families

  • Depression & Anxiety (related to academic, social issues, or recent changes & loss)
  • Fears, Phobias, and Panic Attacks
  • Self-esteem and Self-confidence
  • Separation Anxiety
  • School Refusal, School Phobia & Selective Mutism
  • Stress management
  • Perfectionism & obsessive compulsive behavior
  • Self-injurious behavior
  • Oppositional or defiant behavior
  • Aggression & anger management
  • Motivational issues
  • Electronic game addiction
  • Social problems (difficulty making and keeping friends)
  • Life Transition & Coaching for young adults & parents
  • Divorce and Grief Counseling
  • Body Image Issues
  • Bullying
  • Sibling rivalry & conflict resolution
  • Parent child relationship conflicts
  • Reducing tension and negativity within family
  • Improving communication
  • Establishing appropriate boundaries, structure, and consistency in the home
  • Increasing positive family interaction


      Behavior Intervention: As a Behavior Specialist, I can help you **...

  • Reduce tantrums, aggression, and whining
  • Reduce oppositional defiant behaviors in children and teens
  • Increase compliant behavior
  • Reduce attention getting and demanding behaviors
  • Assist with bedtime issues
  • Reduce avoidance behaviors
  • Reduce homework battles
  • Identify underlying issues leading to behavior problems
  • Manage sibing rivalry more effectively
  • Manage your stress levels
  • Bring about lasting changes in behavior 

      Parenting Support & Education

  • Improve Parent-to-Parent communication
  • Develop strategies to work as a "parent team"
  • Develop more effective communication skills with your child
  • Improve the Parent/Child Relationship
  • Develop effective parenting strategies
  • Get more enjoyment and reinforcement out of your relationship with your child
  • Co-parenting assistance in divorce and separation
  • Build skills and confidence as a parent

     
Please contact me with your questions or to schedule an appointment by clicking on this link contact me.
You can also call me directly at (805) 795-1238 or email me @ info.drmelissagondek.com.

I offer a free initial phone consultation prior to your first visit. 


** The benefits and degree of success dervied from therapy including behavior intervention and parent coaching cannot be guaranteed and depend on several factors including but not limited to:  a person's motivation to make changes, regular attendance at counseling sessions, consistency, and follow-through.

 

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