Services & Treatment Options
St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute offers a variety of treatment options for children, adolescents, and their families to ensure a comprehensive treatment program is constructed for each unique individual. Our treatment facility offers family therapy, therapy for children, behavioral training, and much more to help get individuals on the path to a healthier and happier home, work, and/or school life. Some of the treatment options we offer include:
- Behavioral Training
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy
- Comprehensive Evaluations and Consultative Services
- Family Based Intervention for Disordered Eating (FBT or Maudsley Method)
- Family Therapy
- Intensive Outpatient Therapy
- Nutrition Counseling
- Other Treatments
- Outpatient Therapy
- Parent Education and Training
- Psychiatric Evaluation, Medication Management, & Medication Therapy (Pharmcotherapy)
- Psychological Testing/Psycho-Educational Assessment
In order to receive help, the first step is to contact our Intake Coordinator.
For our Macklind office, call 314-289-9411 or 877-245-2688.
For our West County office, call 636-532-9188.
For our Belleville, Illinois office, call 618-825-0051.
Comprehensive Evaluations and Consultative Services
A licensed clinician, who is an experienced diagnostician, will meet with individuals and families for a diagnostic evaluation. The goal of the evaluation is to conduct a thorough assessment of symptoms and behaviors as well as any co-occurring conditions. Clients may be asked to complete questionnaires and family members are encouraged to participate in the evaluation process. Based on the evaluation, the clinician will discuss treatment options with the client and family that best represent the client’s individual needs. The clinician will then coordinate services with other members of the treatment team if indicated, which may include family therapy, nutritional counseling, psychiatric evaluation and medical management.
Outpatient Therapy: Most of the time treatment in conducted on an outpatient basis. The youth will meet regularly with a therapist. Treatment will typically include a combination of individual therapy and family therapy. In individual therapy, the youth meets alone with the therapist. In family therapy, the youth and members of his or her family will consult with the therapist about how to achieve the agreed upon treatment goals.
Sometimes individuals need more intensive treatment than weekly outpatient treatment, but may not be so impaired that they need to be in the hospital. This can be a very effective and less expensive way to treat more severe disorders. The Institute is able to offer more intensive treatment for youth with anxiety disorders and eating disorders. For youth with eating disorders, an Eating Disorders Intensive Outpatient Program is available which offers three hours of treatment six days a week. Usually the youth has two psychotherapy sessions a week, including family therapy.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
The cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) approach to treatment is based on the belief that how one thinks, feels and acts are interconnected. If you start to think differently about yourself, your relationships to others and how things will be in the future, then you will also begin to act and feel differently as well. Many youth who are having trouble in their lives have significant beliefs about themselves, such as thinking they cannot do things well when actually they perform at a very high level. Or a child may believe he or she will not be accepted by peers even though he or she may have many friends.
In CBT, the youth and their parents learn new skills that will help them cope with difficult situations. The skills include calming oneself when angry or nervous, problem-solving, correcting mistaken beliefs and learning to get along with peers and adults. Parents learn how to encourage healthy behavior by their children. Parents become better at providing consistent consequences for negative behavior and praising positive behavior.
After parents and children learn new, effective coping skills, the therapist helps them practice these new skills in the real world. An important part of therapy is maintaining the new skills in increasingly challenging circumstances until the actions become automatic.
Family therapy refers to treatment that involves two or more family members. Sometimes the focus of family therapy is to help a family member recover from a psychological disorder. The family along with the affected member will be educated about the disorder and learn new coping skills. It may be necessary for family members to respond differently to the child or to handle situations differently. In some cases, the family may need to address issues that affect all of them. Such issues could include going through a divorce or experiencing the loss of a family member. Sometimes, families can fall into unhealthy patterns of behavior that can be hard to change. A therapist can be very helpful in facilitating discussion of difficult issues and establishing better ways of relating among family members.
Parent Education & Training
(Child-Management Training for Families with Children ages Toddler to Adolescent)
Our experience shows that children begin to show a pattern of misbehavior that can cause them serious problems at school and at home. They can become verbally and physically aggressive, disobey adults and have extreme temper tantrums. After careful assessment, it sometimes becomes apparent that the child’s behavior will improve if the adults in his or her life can become more effective at managing the child’s behavior. Child Management Training helps parents discipline their children effectively and consistently while encouraging appropriate behavior and at the same time learning to have fun together.
Psychiatric Evaluation, Medication Management, & Medication Therapy (Pharmcotherapy)
St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute believes effective treatment begins with a careful assessment of the needs and strengths of the individual, as well as understanding the individual’s family and social environment. Our goal is to gain an appreciation for the unique characteristics of the child in order to design an individualized treatment plan.
Comprehensive Psychological Assessment and Testing
Psychoeducational testing is often requested to determine whether there is a learning disability or an attention problem (e.g., ADHD) that is interfering with performance at school or in the workplace. Psychoeducational testing usually involves administration of a test of intellectual ability and an achievement test. It is also likely to include questionnaires to be completed by the individual or by those who know the client, such as teachers or family members. Sometimes, when ADHD is being considered as a diagnosis, a computerized test is used. Other tests assessing specific abilities, such as reading, math or writing may also be given. The strategy is to collect enough information to provide a valid assessment, but no more than is necessary.
Psychological testing is more focused on emotional and psychological factors that may be interfering in the life of an individual. Testing is often done to formalize diagnoses of anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder and psychotic disorders. A more comprehensive picture of the individual may be needed in order to assist in devising a treatment plan. Testing often entails obtaining information from a variety of sources including personality questionnaires, projective tests, clinical interviews and behavioral observations. Some individuals may choose to be tested for both educational and psychological difficulties simultaneously. Individuals must be at least 6 years of age to be evaluated.
Either type of testing involves an initial one-hour consultation, which includes a clinical interview, to clarify the questions that will be addressed. At the conclusion of the consultation, the examiner can estimate how many hours will be needed for formal testing, scoring of test measures and writing the report. The cost of testing is largely determined by the amount of time it will take to do the testing, including the administration of the measures and the interpretation of the results. The psychologist conducting the testing is able to provide this information at the consultation.
In some cases, other types of psychotherapy may be beneficial. A child’s therapist may also recommend that certain family members seek individual therapy so that he or she is better equipped to support the child’s progress. Support groups and group therapy are also available, which provide the child with moral support and the opportunity to interact with a group of people who all are dealing with similar issues.
If you are ready to seek behavioral health treatment for your child, teen, or family or would like more information, please contact us now.