Melissa Otero, Psy.D.
Upon contacting Dr. Otero, you and your child will be scheduled for an intake. The intake process usually occurs over the course of 2-3 sessions, each of which is 1 hour. The goal of the intake is to obtain a full developmental history, along with an understanding of your child's strengths and challenges, their emotional and intellectual style, and your parenting style. At the end of the intake process, you will have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Otero to discuss recommendations and create a plan for treatment. There may be times when it is determined that the most appropriate services for your child are found elsewhere. If this is the case, Dr. Otero will work with you to obtain the right services for your child.
Depending on your child's needs, a variety of therapeutic techniques may be used to help your child/adolescent identify their strengths and work through their challenges. These include but are not limited to: play therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), skills training, and insight-oriented therapy. Individual sessions are 50 minutes. Parental commitment and open communication is a crucial component of treatment.
Group psychotherapy is a modality that can be used to address numerous issues. Dr. Otero has led social skills groups, anxiety management groups, mindfulness groups, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy multi-family skills groups. Contact Dr. Otero to inquire about current openings.
Parent training is available for parents who want to learn how to improve their interactions with their child. Common areas of focus include discipline and behavior management, improving communication, and promoting positive social behavior.
Consultation is provided to families, schools, medical professionals, and other professionals who work with children and adolescents.
Dr. Otero does not currently accept insurance, but will assist you in accessing your out-of-network benefits.
A sliding scale is available.