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I also have experience with virtual addictions such as video gaming, social networking, and instant messaging. I know how attention and interest can be drawn into and captured by electronic applications. I also know how online multiplayer games can pull one away from IRL (In Real Life) responsibilities. I work with gamers and cosplayers who seek a better interface with IRL.
I do this because I enjoy video gaming and have found a connection with those who like to explore alternate realities.
I have worked with some of the toughest and brightest kids around. I have found that, in children, anxiety and depression are often masked by anger and disorganization. I provide a safe place for children and teenagers to sort out their ideas and feelings. I help them to experiment with different ideas and behaviors which are more adaptive and help them feel more successful in school, in their chosen social environment, and most importantly, in their family.
Oftentimes, children lack the ability to describe their thoughts and feelings to caregivers. I use play therapy to help younger children to express concerns that they would normally not be able to verbalize. I can then help parents to understand the ideas, feelings, and conflicts that children experience but may not be able to directly communicate to their loved ones.
I have a long history of working with children and adults who demonstrate symptoms of ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). I employ systemic and individual methods of ADHD treatment. I work to help children and adults develop adaptive strategies which employ existing strengths and family or community supports along with tools and exercises to help focus and maintain attention.
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I am a highly experienced behaviorist. I can rapidly and effectively assess the functions or reinforcers of negative behavior. I then create a plan which involves the restructuring of events in a family or relationship which result in positive changes in behavior and feelings of success and connection with family and others.
I have expertise with special education programs in public and non-public schools, inclusive of attending individualized education plan (IEP) meetings and assuring compliance with accommodations in schools. I have extensive experience in working with families who are challenged by learning-disabled or gifted children. I have helped many families navigate the special education process.
I help children learn to manage their ideas and the intrusive memories associated with past trauma the way one might control a TV. Imagine being able to "change channels" from a distressing replay of a past event to a more relevant and positive one. I empower people to take control of their minds by consciously managing the ideas, attitudes, and feelings that typically overpower them. By teaching and encouraging mindfulness and grounding I help clients keep active track of the "programs" which typically run in the background of our mental experience and which can result in unwanted or unproductive feelings or behaviors.
As a behavioral specialist, I provide parents with powerful tools that can help them shape the behaviors of their children. It is not uncommon to see a tantrumming, willful child become more compliant and happy as the parents learn to apply environmental structure with reasonable, predictable, and meaningful rewards and consequences for behavior. Behavioral therapy can be a powerful method of shaping outcomes for all family members.
Tim Smyth, PsyD, MFT