CBIT is an established therapy that teaches people to change their behavior over time and tic less. Research on CBIT has been done with children and adults with Tourette syndrome. CBIT is now considered a first line treatment. It typically consists of two 90 minute sessions, and several 45 minute sessions over a 10-week period.The patient then returns for booster sessions once three months after treatment ends and again for a final session after 6 months of treatment to ensure maintenance of treatment gains. Dr. Rimler also has a free library available to her patients with Tourette resources, including guides for educators and people in the community.
Habit Reversal Therapy is an evidence-based highly effective behavioral therapy for people with unwanted repetitive behaviors or habits. For patients with OCD, I have some virtual reality programs I use to help conduct habit reversal treatment.
Exposure Therapy is a technique in behavior therapy to treat anxiety disorders. Exposure therapy involves exposing the target patient to the anxiety source or its context without the intention to cause any danger. Doing so is thought to help them overcome their anxiety or distress. I often incorporate my virtual reality program to help expose patients to realistic scenarios they are facing.
Education and counseling is provided to families who have a loved one with mental illness and may be at risk for a psychiatric hospitalization.
DBT Skills is a specific type of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy developed in the late 1980’s by psychologist Marsha M. Linehan to help better treat borderline personality disorder. Since its development, it has also been used for the treatment of other kinds of mental health disorders.
Individual/parent sessions when your children are struggling with severe tantrums, anxiety or behavioral issues.
Psious virtual reality is used to conduct relaxation and exposure therapy for patients with phobias and who would benefit from social practice (in vivo) for individuals struggling with specific challenges i.e handling bullies, communicating with an authority figure, social anxiety, and many more challenges you may face.
Mightier Pro is another tool incorporated into my practice. It is a Harvard backed video game program for children that helps reduce tantrums, according to their recent research. The program helps to teach emotion regulation skills that can be generalized to at home and in school settings.
GoZen is incorporated into children’s sessions to help provide education and serve as therapeutic tool. This is a positive psychology program that utilizes an animated video series to model skills to better manage different types of anxiety and stressors. Parents will also have access to various child summits, which provide a great deal of insights and practical tools.
Centervention’s game-based behavior intervention that help students in elementary and middle school practice and improve social and emotional skills. Dr. Rimler will provide you with your unique password, which will allow you ongoing access to a game that is geared toward your child’s grade level.
Informed by the philosophy of positive visualization, See It, Be It teaches adolescents that they have the power to make positive changes in their life.
Dr. Rimler has extensive group therapy experience, having run an intensive hospital-based group therapy program.
The following are benefits of group therapy:
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The Secret Life of Moms
You have been waiting for your kids to go to school for months (maybe even years), but the time has finally come and you are struggling to find meaning in your life and maybe you’re a lot lonelier than expected. This group is for anyone who would like some extra support to help you re-define yourself as a person outside of your children.
Misadventures in Parenting
Parenting is probably the hardest thing you will ever have to do! I am not just a psychologist with an expertise in parent training, but also a mom to 4 children. The struggle is real! This group will help you focus on practical strategies to implement to help you get a better grip on how to approach your children. This group is geared toward parents of children ages 3- 8.
This program is geared toward adults who are struggling with anxiety and depression. The tools you garner from this treatment are incredibly practical. Come as you are-even on the days you feel like you cannot face the world. Sweats and pajamas are totally acceptable attire to the group. The most important thing you can do is show up.
Down Not Out
Adolescent anxiety and depression is a very significant epidemic. This group will provide strategies to better manage the stressful events that are unique to high school students. The Coping CAT program will be adapted for group.
Out of the Shallow
This is a group for 6-8th grade students who are struggling to find their way. The group will focus on key strategies needed to form friendships, handle school stressors, and symptoms of anxiety. Strategies from the well-researched Coping CAT curriculum will be used.
Club (The first participating group will name this club!)
You can find a young kid’s social skills group anywhere you look, but there are very few services for middle school students. Many kids struggle to navigate the social and academic expectations of middle school.
This is a social skills group for middle school students. This group is for kids who have ADHD, TS, learning challenges, executive function disorders and for those who are not formally diagnosed, but need help socializing. This is a 90 minute group that will focus on teaching skills and then practicing them through team building exercises, non-competitive games, and creative projects. This is an open group meaning you can enroll at any time. Most groups are time limited, but this one will not have an end date because Dr. Rimler feels that developing social skills is an ongoing process and that many kids require a lot more than 12 weeks to attain these skills. Monthly parenting sessions will also be offered either privately or in group format to help generalize the gains made in group. All group members will be given free access to online social skills games and the Mighter Program.
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