SERVICES

PRIVATE PRACTICE SERVICES

The following list details some of the services provided by Drs. Caryn and Steven Richfield in our private practice located in Plymouth Meeting, PA. Please note that this list is not exclusive and that we provide help to children and adults struggling with a broad spectrum of problems. Call 610-238-4450 or e-mail us at Drcrichfield@aol.com (Caryn) or director@parentcoachcards.com (Steven) for further information. To learn more about Dr. Steven Richfield's approach to helping children and parents, read his library of articles at healthyplace.com.

Assessment/Treatment Of Children/Adolescents With Behavior/Mood Disorders And/Or Academic Difficulties

Populations include those with ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Aspergers Syndrome, Separation Anxiety, Learning Disabilities, Auditory Processing Disorder, Depression and Anxiety

The assessment of children proceeds according to a carefully constructed protocol requiring parent and teacher interviews, rating scales, review of entire educational history, and other necessary data. The feedback session provides a thorough description of findings and recommendations.

Focused individual psychotherapy for youngsters struggling with behavioral and academic difficulties provides tailored guidance to alleviate related life disruptions, e.g. academic underachievement, peer problems, family conflict, etc. Parents and teachers provide critical input to ensure that therapy relates directly to immediate problems. Treatment of younger children often entails a parent’s presence during sessions to extend and reinforce the impact of intervention. Goals are supported by a range of psycho-educational tools, including customized audio coaching tapes, parent journaling and Customized Coaching Cards.

Social skills training entails practical and concrete methods to guide youngsters toward improved self-control, perspective-taking, flexibility, and the range of other friendship building skills critical to life happiness. Video and audio tools, role play, and visual templates are sensitively employed to expand the repertoire of interpersonal skills.

Parent training addresses the behavioral problems commonly seen in children struggling with behavior and academic challenges. Parents are guided toward approaching misbehavior from a nonadversarial “coaching” position in order to aid their children in developing improved self-management skills. The broad range of parent coaching articles is employed to provide further assistance.

Classroom observation and consultation provides school-based services to inform parents and assist teachers. Follow-up feedback about the child’s response to lessons, peer interactions, and other behaviors is provided. Strategies for improved academic and behavioral performance are offered to teachers.

Telephone Consultation/Supervision: For families and therapists who live too far away for face-to-face meetings, telephone based consultation is available. This provides individualized guidance in helping children and guiding therapists using the Coaching Card model.

Assessment/Treatment Of Adults With ADHD

The assessment of adult ADHD consists of structured clinical interviewing, adult ADHD scales, review of available educational history, contacts with other informants, and other relevant data. A feedback session provides a thorough description of findings and recommendations.

Focused individual psychotherapy for adults struggling with ADHD provides practical psycho-educational guidance to enhance occupational performance, marital happiness, and overall life adjustment. Available audio recordings of sessions allow adults to later reinforce skills and compensatory learning.

Couples therapy addresses the common difficulties that ADHD presents in relationships. Problems with communication, trust, empathy, and conflict resolution, among others, are focused upon.

Treatment Of Adults Struggling With A Range Of Challenges

Populations include those struggling with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, relationship difficulties, and anger management. Adults confront emotional struggles at various points in the life cycle. These critical junctures include defining life goals and establishing relationships in young adulthood, getting married or staying single, motherhood, menopause and aging.

Our approach to treating adults combines traditional talking therapy with a variety of skills training materials in audio, video, and written form. The development of a safe, collaborative relationship is blended with the goal of helping adults feel empowered by new insights and coping strategies.