Welcome to Therapy Partners of the Peninsula
Therapy Partners of the Peninsula works with children, adolescents, families, and adults at all different stages in their lives. We use an integrative model for the treatment of mental health issues drawing on evidenced-based treatments as well as best practices in the field of psychology.
We understand how important it is for you to find someone you can trust and work closely with when facing difficult transitions and challenging times. To ensure a good fit between client and clinician, we provide a free initial consultation so that both client and therapist can feel confident about working together.
We look forward to meeting you.
Psycho-educational, psycho-diagnostic testing for children and adults including intelligence, achievement, personality, attention, executive functioning, and sensory processing.
Adolescence is a time of increased stress for both children and their parents. We can help in navigating the many challenges adolescence brings including relational and/or mental health issues.
We provide skills training and coaching for parents dealing with frequently encountered challenges that often result from parent-child conflict.
Grief, Loss & Bereavement
We aim to help clients cope with grief and mourning following death or loss, or with major life changes that trigger feelings of grief (e.g., divorce). Grief and depression go hand-in-hand, with depression being considered a normal part of the grief process. Lingering depression, however, can greatly impact functioning and deepen without treatment. We are well-equipped to provide treatment for depression and anxiety.
Family based therapy utilizing the Maudsley method, an intensive outpatient treatment where parents play an active and positive role in order to: Help restore their child’s weight to normal levels expected given their adolescent’s age and height; hand the control over eating back to the adolescent, and; encourage normal adolescent development through an in-depth discussion of these crucial developmental issues as they pertain to their child.
Behavioral Difficulties & ADHD
We aim to help clients cope with grief and mourning following death or loss, or with major life changes that trigger feelings of grief (e.g., divorce). Grief and depression go hand-in-hand, with depression being considered a normal part of the grief process. Lingering depression, however, can greatly impact functioning and deepen without treatment. We are well-equipped to provide treatment for depression and anxiety. – Our goals with couples are: to increase respect, affection, and closeness, break through and resolve conflict when they feel stuck, generate greater understanding between partners and keep conflict discussions productive. – Family based therapy utilizing the Maudsley method, an intensive outpatient treatment where parents play an active and positive role in order to: Help restore their child’s weight to normal levels expected given their adolescent’s age and height; hand the control over eating back to the adolescent, and; encourage normal adolescent development through an in-depth discussion of these crucial developmental issues as they pertain to their child. – One of the best treatments for ADD/ADHD is The Barkley Model. This specific treatment focuses on helping individuals apply the knowledge they already have at the appropriate times, rather than on teaching specific knowledge and skills. The methods of behavior modification are particularly well suited to achieving these ends. Many techniques exist within this form of treatment that can be applied to those with children and adults with EF deficits.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is a psychosocial treatment model designed to treat posttraumatic stress and related emotional and behavioral problems in children and adolescents. Initially developed to address the psychological trauma associated with child sexual abuse, the model has been adapted for use with children who have a wide array of traumatic experiences, including domestic violence, traumatic loss, and the multiple psychological traumas experienced by some children.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a one-on-one form of psychotherapy that is designed to reduce trauma-related stress, anxiety, and depression symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and to improve overall mental health functioning.
Early Childhood Mental Health (0-5), Attachment & Dyadic Therapy
Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is an intervention model for children aged 0-5. The treatment is based in attachment theory but also integrates psychodynamic, developmental, trauma, social learning, and cognitive behavioral theories. Therapeutic sessions include the child and parent or primary caregiver. The primary goal of CPP is to support and strengthen the relationship between a child and his or her caregiver as a vehicle for restoring the child’s cognitive, behavioral, and social functioning.
One of the reasons family therapy can be difficult is that families often appear as collections of individuals who affect each other in powerful but unpredictable ways. Structural family therapy offers a framework that brings order and meaning to those transactions. The main goal in family therapy is to alter any dysfunctional patterns of interaction in order to encourage growth in individuals, subsystems, and the family as a whole. It increases productive communication along with support within the family as well as the individual responsibility and self-reliance of the family members and the subsystems.
Our goals with couples are: to increase respect, affection, and closeness, break through and resolve conflict when they feel stuck, generate greater understanding between partners and keep conflict discussions productive.
Divorce & Co-Parenting Therapy
Divorce is a stressful transition that produces vulnerability to mental health issues for both parents and children. If handled incorrectly, a child’s otherwise healthy development can be circumvented. Co-parenting therapy is a more child-focused approach to resolving parenting disputes after separation and divorce. It is needed to reduce harm to children and ensure their well-being. Rather than accepting that high conflict is inevitable in divorced families, our goal is to reduce the conflict. Shared parenting provides an incentive for parental cooperation, negotiation, mediation, and the development of parenting plans. A key strategy is keeping parents focused on their children’s needs, and enhancing parents’ attunement to their children’s needs. The main therapeutic task in high conflict families is to help divorcing parents separate their previous marital hostilities from their ongoing parenting responsibilities.
Art therapy facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem.
A traumatic event can involve a single experience or an enduring or repeating event or events that completely overwhelm an individual’s ability to cope or integrate the ideas and emotions involved with that experience. The sense of being overwhelmed can be delayed by weeks, years or even decades. Often trauma victims subconsciously organize much of their lives around repetitive patterns of reliving and warding off traumatic memories, reminders, and affects.
Cognitive Behavioral Treatments for Adults: Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE)
We combine elements of CPT and PE. The goals are to promote processing of the trauma memory, to reduce distress and avoidance evoked by the trauma reminders, and to help clients gain an understanding of and modify the meaning attributed to their traumatic event.
Meet Our Partners
Dr. Amanda Castro
Dr. Amanda Castro is licensed by the state of California as a clinical psychologist. She received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her doctorate of psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies.
Dr. Castro completed an APA-accredited clinical internship at Children’s Institute in Los Angeles and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at UCSF’s Child Trauma Research Program. She has worked extensively with both children and adults with a wide variety of presenting problems and mental health issues. Her approach to therapy is integrative drawing on psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, attachment, and family systems models.
Dr. Castro views a child as being embedded within their family system and, therefore, works jointly with children/adolescents and their parents with the goal of improving both child and family functioning. She provides child and family therapy, dyadic therapy for young children, as well as individual therapy for adults.
Dr. Castro is bilingual in Spanish and is able to provide therapeutic services to Spanish-speaking clients.
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Dr. Jennifer Harrison
Dr. Jennifer Harrison is licensed by the state of California as a clinical psychologist. She holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology, studied clinical psychology at Columbia University and received her Master of Arts in Art Therapy from New York University. She has Diplomate distinction at the National Center for Crisis Management and with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. Dr. Harrison is a Board Certified, Registered Art Therapist.
Dr. Harrison has worked in a variety of settings including, hospitals, community mental health clinics, and school-based settings with children, families and individuals with complex presenting problems such as: trauma exposure, aggressive behavior, difficulties with affect regulation, attention problems, academic failure, eating disorders and impaired interpersonal relationships.
Dr. Harrison takes and evidence-based approach to treatment and utilizes such interventions as EMDR, TF-CBT and Art Therapy. Additionally, she provides psychological testing for children, adolescents, and adults.
Psy.D. D.A.A.E.T.S., A.T.R-BC
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