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STRONG FOUNDATIONS 

THERAPY FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS

We are here to help.

At Strong Foundations, we understand that finding the right mental health provider for yourself, your child, or your family can be a daunting task. Our hope is that the information you will find here about our therapists, and our approach will help you to make a well-informed decision. As a practice, our highest priority is providing supportive, personalized, and effective care to every individual and family. 

Our therapists offer daytime, evening, and weekend hours to accommodate busy schedules. Please call (412) 368-2211 to schedule an appointment or contact us via email: Christine.missonak@sfpgh.com

THERAPY FOR CHILDREN

For children and teens, we provide individual and family therapy. For children 13 years and younger, our therapists meet with parents (without their child) for the first meeting. This allows us to learn about the child’s developmental history, to understand the current difficulty, and to collaboratively develop a provisional treatment plan. For children 14 years and older, we split the first session time so that parents still have opportunity to speak freely without their teen present, and so that teens are involved in the intake process.

 

Regardless of child age, we generally spend the second session meeting  individually with the child to establish rapport, to assess their understanding of their challenge, to create investment in their treatment, and to set treatment goals.

Going forward, session time is divided so children and parents each have time with the therapist to learn new skills each week. We use evidenced-based practices, demonstrated by research to be effective in alleviating distress. We work with children and families using cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral, trauma-focused, and mindfulness techniques. Children and caregivers leave with a clear plan on what strategies to practice together at home, and how these activities link with their overall treatment goals. 

For our pre-school age patients, it is often most helpful to offer therapy with the parent-child dyad. As a result, we offer Parent-Child Interaction Therapy to improve children's self-regulation. More information about this service can be found under the Services & Staff section of our website. 

THERAPY FOR ADULTS

For adults, we provide individual therapy, parent guidance, couples’ counseling (using Gottman methods), and family therapy. For individuals, we are here to help with anxiety or stress, depression, making meaningful social connections, anger management, trauma, grief, and adjustment to changing life circumstances.

 

We treat adults using cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral, trauma-focused, and mindfulness approaches. These have been proven to be effective methods to alleviate distress. You will find your treatment experience to be tailored to your needs and to be built upon your existing strengths. You will gain skills to be aware of your emotions, to manage them effectively, and to improve your relationships. 

PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATIONS

We provide developmental, neuropsychological, and academic evaluations for children and adults. Our testing is in-depth and personally tailored, conducted by our licensed and highly experienced psychologist. Our evaluations provide accurate diagnosis, as well as helpful recommendations for therapy directions and academic or workplace accommodations. If you have concerns about Autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, dyslexia, our evaluations can help.
 Click here to learn more about our Psychological Testing & Evaluations

Ready to get started? Please click on the "Wait List" button below to initiate scheduling for an evaluation. Once you complete the information requested, a staff member will reach out to confirm we received it. Since we schedule a few months in advance, we will also provide an approximate timeline of when scheduling will be available. 

CONTACT STRONG FOUNDATIONS

We love helping our patients develop the tools they need to cope with all of life’s challenges.

All requests will be responded to within 24 business hours.

Reason for contact:

363 Vanadium Rd

Suite 105

Pittsburgh, PA 15243

Phone: 412 368 2211

Fax: 412 279 1418