At Milestones Psychology, we provide evidence-based assessment and treatment in an intimate and playful environment where families develop warm and supportive relationships with a collaborative team of clinicians. We are leading clinicians and specialists, who are also parents, family members, and friends. Our team understands the importance of making the process of receiving comprehensive quality care for your family as seamless as possible.
Our focus is on the “whole child.” We chose the name “Milestones” because we know that challenges, transitions and achievements are a part of every individual’s personal growth. We help children, teens, college students and families to identify strategies and build upon their strengths, so that they are empowered to grow and reach new milestones.
As a group of multidisciplinary clinicians, we enjoy collaborating as a team, to provide the highest standard of care. A number of our staff have held high level positions in schools in NYC, including rigorous mainstream schools as well as specialized education settings. We know the ins-and-outs of working with school staff and have strong collaborative relationships with many of them. We also communicate regularly with pediatricians, educators, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and other clinicians in NYC and around the world.
Families are diverse, and we encourage all types of families, from all backgrounds to feel confident in seeking our services. Whether you have a question to answer, are in need of testing, or individual, family or parenting support, we have a program to fit your needs.
What we do
A neuropsychological evaluation combines a comprehensive set of norm-based assessments, questionnaire data, interviews and qualitative observations of the child culminating in a thorough picture of individual strengths and areas of challenge. Common referral questions are related to concerns about learning, attention, memory, language, motor skills, or social-emotional development. Data results reflect how strengths and challenges impact a student's academic and day-to-day life. Results are shared through a parent feedback and a comprehensive report. We often meet with parents and educators to help make decisions about appropriate school placement, the need for services and supports, and specific strategies to help your child succeed. At Milestones, we frequently complete student feedbacks so they learn about their strengths and recommendations we have directly from us.
Parent training is utilized to help bolster skills needed to manage challenging child behaviors, and to provide strategies that help support families in their day-to-day home life. Parent training at Milestones is custom tailored to meet your family's specific needs. We are goals-oriented in our approach and utilize evidence-based techniques to maximize our time together. Our focus is on building skills, providing strategies and empowering you to facilitate the improvement you are seeking in your day-to-day life. Sessions are provided in the office, at home, or in the community, based on the referral question.
School-based consultation is a collaborative process between clinicians, parents, and educators to promote child success in the classroom. Through school-based consultation, custom interventions are established and monitored to address behavior, promote skill development and facilitate learning.
Evidence-Based Treatment (EBT)
Evidence-Based Treatments are founded on principles of science and research shows them to be highly effective. There are a number of different interventions, each designed to help build a specific skill set. See the list of treatments below.
Evidence-Based Practitioner (EBP)
A clinician who uses treatments that are based on scientific evidence. An EBP will take the time to assess which treatment will be most effective for each individual child and will keep the 'whole' child in mind. Selecting a clinician who is an EBP is more important than the degree they may have.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a skills-based intervention that focuses on how a person's cognitions, emotions, and behaviors impact each other. This is an EBT for older children, adolescents and adults. When children are younger, interventions emphasize goals for and treatment with parents.
Behavioral Therapy (BT)
Behavioral therapy focuses on how behaviors become reinforced in daily life, and how to learn or re-learn behaviors that are developmentally appropriate. This is an EBT for individuals across the lifespan, including early childhood.
Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents (IPT and IPT-A)
Brief time-limited therapy that focuses on the manner in which interpersonal relationships influence an individual's mood. IPT-A is an adaptation developed for adolescents to decrease depressive symptoms and improve social functioning in interpersonal dynamics most common to teenagers.
Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
PCIT is an evidence based treatment for young children who have emotional and behavior challenges. The treatment includes parents and children, and targets a change in parent-child interaction patterns.
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
A Behavioral Therapy that targets overcoming fears and internal stress responses to specific situations. It focuses on developing distress tolerance and building confidence through graduated and systematic exposure to situations that cause distress.
Habit Reversal (HR)
A multi-component Behavioral Therapy that targets intrusive or bothersome repetitive behaviors through awareness training, development of competing responses, building motivation and generalization of skills.
Behavioral Parent Management Training (BPMT)
A behavioral training intervention that teaches caregivers effective methods to improve a child's behavior and tendency to comply with directions.
Milestones clinicians have worked both in schools and in private practice settings, giving us a unique understanding of the importance of building a collaborative relationship between school-based and private practice therapists. We offer schools a variety of interactive trainings that help teachers stay current on evidence-based practices, classroom strategies and important research developments in the field of education and psychology.
Parents are increasingly looking to their schools to provide them with opportunities to attend discussions facilitated by leading experts in the fields of psychology and education. The Milestones team creates individualized workshops based on the needs of your parent body in an effort to support the work of your staff and help further educate parents, grandparents, nannies and other important individuals who play a crucial role in the success of your students. Our workshops are designed to provide a healthy and productive forum that educates, enlightens and empowers parents. Our workshops help parents stay current on evidence-based practices, best parenting practices, and important research developments in the field of psychology.