Providing compassionate care for youth, adolescents, and their families

For Patients and Families

OUR ANXIETY CLINIC

CLINIC SERVICES

Evidence-based child anxiety psychotherapy interventions cover exposure-based CBT for GAD, separation anxiety, specific phobias, selective mutism, and panic disorder, as well as exposure-response prevention (ERP) for the treatment of OCD and specialized interventions such as habit reversal training (HRT) for trichotillomania, and comprehensive behavioral intervention for tics (CBIT). In addition, the ELSPAP Clinic provides evidence-based treatment for children exposed to trauma, including, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) and cue-centered treatment (CCT), an evidence-based treatment program designed by Dr. Carrion to treat children with repeated trauma exposure.

Specialized programs for preschool-aged children with disruptive behavioral difficulties (young children (0-5) with histories of trauma and other emotional and behavioral difficulties), include cognitive behavioral play therapy and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).

Psychopharmacological services are also provided within our clinic, often as an adjunct to psychotherapy.

TRAUMA PROGRAM

Our treatment programs are designed to support children and their families. If you are interested in learning more about the programs listed below or other patient services we provide, please contact our patient intake coordinator.

Stanford Cue Centered Therapy (CCT)

CCT combines a variety of different approaches to help youth exposed to chronic trauma. CCT helps children develop insight into their traumatic responses and empowers them with skills that enable them to manage their emotions and experiences.

What to Expect

CCT is generally 15 sessions long with the flexibility of adding additional sessions to help the child understand the treatment concepts. Each weekly session is 45 minutes.

Practicing the skills learned is an important part of treatment. Take-home assignments are provided, and caregivers are enlisted as coaches to help the child practice these skills outside the therapy setting.

CCT primarily focuses on individual treatment of the child with 3-4 joint sessions with the child and caregiver together.

Initial Sessions

During the first few sessions we will assess your child’s symptoms and determine if this treatment is appropriate to address your child’s needs. You and your child will also be asked to complete some self-report questionnaires to assist with the assessment.
 

Parent Skills Training

This treatment program is based on Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), a scientifically-supported approach for 2- to 7-year-old children exhibiting significant disruptive behaviors, such as throwing toys and refusing to follow parent direction. PCIT supports the development of a healthy parent-child relationship and empowers parents to use consistent, predictable, effective parenting strategies.  

What to expect

Treatment generally consists of 12 to 20 weekly, hour-long sessions. Early sessions provide parents with an introduction to tecniques used. Subsequent sessions involve live coaching of parent-child interactions. Through a one-way mirror and an audio transmitter worn in the parent's ear, the therapist gives ongoing coaching, advice, and encouragement while the parent interacts with his or child. New skills are thus practiced, reviewed, and mastered in the office. Home practice sessions of 5 to l5 minutes daily are a critical part of the treatment. Therapists review parents’ experiences of home-practice at each treatment session and help troubleshoot any difficulties.

What do parents learn in the sessions?

Parents learn to increase their positive attention when their child's behavior is appropriate and to use differential attention to reduce minor negative behaviors. Parents also learn a specific time-out procedure to use when their child does not comply with a command or demonstrates other rule-breaking behaviors (e.g., back talking, hitting a sibling).

 

Young Child Trauma

We offer specialized programs for young children (age 0-5) struggling with histories of trauma and other emotional and behavioral difficulties, including disruptive behaviors:  

★ Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy

★ Behavioral Parent Training/Parent Management Training (PMT)

Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about Cue- Centered Therapy, please contact Hilit Kletter at hkletter@stanford.edu


PATIENT INFORMATION

The Anxiety Clinic offers a variety of services including an initial consultation and second-opinion consultation and treatment.

Becoming a Patient

  • Please call   staff info  (650) 723-5522 and press option #1
  • Ask to recieve a call back from an intake coordinator
  • A coordinator will call you to schedule an appt.
  • If you would like to have an anxiety outcomes diagnostic consultation, please cick here>>.

Current Patient

As a current patient, we encourage you to access WELCOME packet and policies here, CLINIC WELCOME

RESOURCES

For a complete list of resources and reading lists please visit our Clinic Resource Page>>