December 28, 2015


Diagnostic Assessment

The first appointments with a psychologist at Anchor Psychological Services will be focused on getting to know you and clarifying the nature of issues that you, your family, and/or your loved one are facing. Initial discussions will explore how you are functioning in different areas of your life and on the history and frequency of challenges you are experiencing. There will be an emphasis on understanding both strengths and challenges in your life. This process may include completing measures and/or having your psychologist consult with other professionals or important people in your life. If these meetings lead to a diagnosis, this diagnosis will be explained to you. At the completion of the assessment process (usually 1-2 sessions), each individual psychologist will share with you how she understands the issues. Together you and your psychologist will formulate a plan by developing treatment goals and discussing the approaches to be used to achieve those goals.

Consultation and Treatment
Youth and Families

At Anchor Psychological Services we believe strongly in the power of families. Children and youth who are struggling have the best outcomes, when parents/caregivers are involved in the treatment process. We empower families with skills to help their children and youth overcome their mental health issues and/or life challenges. Treatment for youth usually includes a combination of individual sessions for the youth, parent sessions and family sessions. Parent consultations are also available, if you wish the appropriateness of services for your child and/or to work on specific skills to support your child.

We offer evidence-based treatment for a wide range of issues affecting youth and families, such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood issues
  • Adjustment Issues
  • Disruptive behaviors
  • Eating, weight and body image issues
  • Perfectionism
  • Stress
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Family conflict
  • Dealing with divorce, separation, co-parenting
  • Dealing with loss and other life stressors
  • Identity issues
  • Substance use
  • Abuse and trauma
  • Parent-child relationship problems
  • General Parenting
  • Self-esteem

When working with youth and families we use an integrative approach. This means that we draw from a variety of evidence-based treatments and create an individualized plan that best meets the needs of each youth and family. Psychologists at Anchor Psychological Services are specialized in:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Family Therapy (link to EFFT page)
  • Dialetical Behavior Therapy
  • Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Solution Focused Family Therapy
  • Compassion Focused Therapy