Kid and Teen Therapy

Dr. Rankin takes a skills-based approach to teach kids(age 6 to 17) cognitive-behavioral skills to help them emotionally regulate themselves, cope with stress, stay focused and organized, and deal well with family and other social relationships. Kids have therapy “homework” to practice these skills between sessions in their every day life. Dr. Rankin also uses a family systems approach, such that some parenting work with and support of parents can be key to treatment. Dr. Rankin integrates creative and play-based activities into learning emotional and social skills to keep therapy engaging and fun. Learn more about the therapy approach here.

How do we get started? Child Intake Process

Not all treatments fit every situation, person, or diagnosis, so it is important for me to complete a thorough evaluation before jumping into treatment.  I conduct a thorough intake before making any diagnoses or formulating treatment recommendations and a treatment plan. During that time, I will be a consultant to you, and we will not yet be in a therapeutic relationship.   

I use four hour-long appointments to complete an initial evaluation and intake process.  These appointments may occur two times per week for two weeks or once a week for four weeks.    

The initial assessment phase is a time for you to get to know me and to decide if we are a good fit for working together.  If, at the end of the intake process, you and your child would like to continue working with me, then you or your child will become an established patient and we will begin treatment together.    In the event that you do not wish to proceed, I will still be able to provide you with information from our time together that can inform your work with another provider.

If a minor has two parents, both must be present for at least one session;  Mental health concerns are serious and therefore it is appropriate that both parents be on board with treatment.  The order of intake sessions for children and teens is as follows:

Session 1:  Both parents/guardians together to do paperwork, gain background information, and understand parent goals for treatment.  

Between sessions, Dr. Rankin will contact school and other relevant doctors to gain information about child/teen’s functioning. Symptom report forms are completed by the parents, child, and school.

Session 2:  Child/Teen alone to become comfortable and build a relationship.

Session 3:  Child/Teen alone to continue to get to know each other and establish the child/teen’s goals for treatment.

Session 4: Feedback and planning session with both parents and child (either together or separately, depending on the child). Therapist provides diagnostic assessment, feedback about parent and child goals in a treatment plan, and possible additional referrals and recommendations.