Clinical Services

Taking a Scientific Approach to Treatment

At the CAMAT program, the majority of our research focuses on a type of psychotherapy for children and adolescents with “emotional disorders” like anxiety, depression, and/or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) called the Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Children and Adolescents (UP-C and UP-A) that includes elements of both traditional cognitive behavior therapy and newer behavior therapy elements, such as mindfulness skills.  In some cases, we provide other types of exposure or habit reversal therapies for children and adolescents. You may be wondering what these types of behavior therapies are and how they can help you or your child. Therapies like the UP-C and UP-A are short-term treatment approaches that provide skills and experiences to youth that may help to reduce unwanted fear, anxiety, OCD and depression symptoms.

The UP-C and UP-A includes education about the various emotions a child may be experiencing (such as fear, anxiety, sadness or anger), help with identifying problematic thoughts they may be having and, primarily, support for changing the behaviors children are engaging in when feeling intense or uncomfortable emotions.  For example, some youth with fear or anxiety may avoid things or places that make them feel afraid or anxious.  While this kind of avoidance may be helpful in some instances (i.e., when facing a truly dangerous situation), many of these behaviors are not necessary and over time may actually lead a child to feel even more fearful or anxious.

In addition, parents are often greatly involved in supporting their child or teen during the course of our therapies, acting as a helper and coach during the treatment process. Working together with youth and their families, the CAMAT program uses these treatment models to help children and teens better manage situations that are maintaining their emotional disorders and assist them in leading happier and healthier lives.

Types of Treatment at CAMAT

Weekly Treatment

The CAMAT program offers weekly individual psychotherapy sessions as part of research studies and on a fee-for-service basis.  These sessions typically occur one time per week for 45 to 60 minutes.

Group Treatment

The CAMAT program often provides group treatment as part of their research on youth with an emotional disorder, including any fear, anxiety, OCD or depression-related concern. Treatments are offered in small groups with several clinicians, and meet weekly or bi-weekly for about 10-15 sessions. Cognitive behavioral treatment is provided in a fun, creative, environment and includes parent involvement over the course of therapy. Groups typically begin in September and February. If you are interested in learning more, please read more about our research.

Intensive Treatment

The CAMAT program also offers intensive treatment options for particular conditions including Specific Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Panic Disorder.  Intensive Treatment typically means the client participates in multiple sessions per day, for several days in a row, depending on the type of presenting problem.  Such services may be an appropriate option for individuals who do not have access to weekly cognitive behavioral treatments in their hometowns, or for individuals who seek a more rapid resolution of symptoms. Intensive treatments are typically offered to adolescents, but may be available to younger children on a limited basis.