Children are extremely resilient. However, sometimes one gets "stuck" which is manifested by children through acting out or withdrawal behaviors. Acting out includes, excessive fighting at home or school, oppositionality, arguing back, defying authority, and breaking rules. Withdrawal behaviors might include, feeling depressed, anxious, keeping to self, avoiding social interactions, hypersensitivity to negative feedback, and difficulty separating. When these behaviors interfere with day to day functioning and school success, seeking professional guidance can be beneficial. Each child is unique with his/her/their own set of strengths and weaknesses. Dr. Prasad-Gaur emphasizes individual interests and strengths, mindfulness, and positive thinking to help children and teens work through issues, develop a repertoire of adaptive coping skills, and make behavioral choices that are effective in dealing with a particular situation.
Parents are extremely resourceful in problem solving parenting issues. Yet, there can be times when we feel lost, confused and "worn out" in handling day to day parenting challenges. At such times, consulting with a child psychologist is helpful to gain an understanding and move forward, whether it is through gathering information, gaining insight, problem solving, or extending social support. Our parenting is shaped by how we were parented as well as our current environment. Dr. Prasad-Gaur emphasizes positive, mindful and effective parenting strategies to improve parent-child relationships and address specific challenges at home.
Dr. Prasad-Gaur sees parents as most knowledgeable about their own child, thus, they play a collaborative role in treatment in improving their child's functioning, behaviorally, socially, or emotionally.
Finally, children spend a major part of their day in school, which in conjunction with the child's family helps shape their future. Therefore, in improving a child's social, emotional and cognitive performance, schools play an integral role. As necessary, Dr. Prasad-Gaur gathers information from school teachers and other professionals and offers guidance or recommendations for school accommodations.
While Dr. Prasad-Gaur subscribes to Cognitive-Behavior Treatment (CBT) approaches, her overall treatment is guided by the developmental needs of the child or teen, his/her/their individual strengths, and the presenting concern(s). CBT involves identifying and altering negative patterns of thinking and behaving. The emphasis of much of the work that occurs in therapy sessions revolves around problem-solving, adaptive coping, stress management, and social skills. Dr. Prasad-Gaur incorporates ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) framework, a third-generation CBT approach, which involves changing the relationship one has with one's cognitions, mindful acceptance of difficult thoughts/feelings and engaging in meaningful value-based actions.
Dr. Prasad-Gaur's treatment style in psychotherapy is directive yet supportive, educational and focused on helping your child resolve the current struggle. She can provide information and guidance in understanding, problem solving, and implementing effective strategies to manage the problematic issues your child or teen and you as a parent might be experiencing. Along with sound knowledge of underpinnings of human behavior, Dr. Prasad-Gaur brings warmth, compassion and positive regard to the collaborative relationship based on trust and confidentiality.
Dr. Prasad-Gaur provides therapeutic services in a culturally competent manner. She is sensitive to the cultural influences on one's thoughts, behaviors, interpersonal relationships, and parenting practices. She recognizes and incorporates individual's cultural beliefs in working with youth and families.
The first one to three sessions focus on assessing the youth's presentation of symptoms, current mood, and mental status as well as acquiring a history of the problem(s) along with detailed background information including developmental, medical, social, school and family history.
Upon completion of the assessment phase, Dr. Prasad-Gaur and the client or the parent(s) discuss whether her area of expertise and therapeutic approach offers a suitable match to the child's issues and goals of treatment. If it seems like an appropriate match, she collaboratively works with the child/family to establish and prioritize goals for treatment. Dr. Prasad-Gaur explains how treatment would target these goals. If however, after the initial assessment it is determined that her areas of expertise are not suitable to treating the child's presenting concerns, Dr. Prasad-Gaur will work with the parents to find a suitable provider whose areas of expertise would offer a better match for the child/family's treatment needs.
As treatment proceeds, child's progress is periodically assessed every few sessions. Collaboratively, goals are refined as and when the child's status changes.
Once the goals are achieved, end of treatment begins through discussion of progress, skills acquired, and future signs of relapse that may warrant additional booster sessions with Dr. Prasad-Gaur or treatment with another provider.