Michelle M. Forrester, PhD, PC - Services for Young Children & Families
Services Offered
 
  • Group Therapy – A unique group therapy approach for children ages 2 to 8 years that emphasizes social skills and self-regulation.  Training and support for parents/caregivers is included as part of the group therapy program.  Please see "Social Skills Groups" tab for more information.
 
  • Developmental Evaluation – A comprehensive assessment of a child’s development using standardized measures including adaptive, cognitive, and achievement measures.  Referrals are often made to assess learning issues, ADHD, Autism, or other developmental concerns.
 
  • Individual Play Therapy – Children express themselves through play.  It is the natural language of children.  Play therapy provides a safe environment for children to manage trauma and stress, learn effective coping strategies, and to remove obstacles to their development.

  • Boys Club / Girls ClubThese clubs cover a variety of topics that are unique to kids this age such as playground politics, friendships, pro-social behavior, self-esteem, bullying, body image, anxiety, and managing difficult situations at school.  Parents do not participate in this group but will receive information regularly from the group leader.

  • Mindfulness GroupThis group provides children with more coping skills and build their capacity for self-regulation.  A variety of topics are covered including: understanding what mindfulness is, learning to calm the body using breathing techniques, noticing the world around you using your senses, and connecting to others, as well as practicing gratefulness and thoughtful kindness.  This group will assist children in gaining skills for more focused attention (this is a great group for children with ADHD). 

  • Anxiety/CBT GroupThis a group for children with anxiety that focuses on a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy skill set for managing anxiety symptoms.
 
  • Parent/Child Therapy – Parents receive in-vivo guidance in their play interactions with their child.  Emphasis on fostering a parent-child relationship that promotes communication, intimacy, and self-esteem.
 
  • Consultation with School and Daycare Programs – On-site visits to observe a child in their familiar environment.  Teacher training is also available to schools/daycare centers.
 
  • Parent Training (Coaching) – A non-therapy service that gives parents specific guidance with regard to parenting issues.
 
  • Screening Evaluation – Testing required for admission to many area private schools (WPPSI-IV).
 
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) – Dr. Forrester provides EMDR, a treatment of choice for trauma.  Please call for more information.  Information is also available via the EMDR Institute.
 
  • Post-Adoption Group – Multi-Family groups for individuals/couples post-adoption.  Emphasis is on providing education and support as well as guidance in nurturing attachment between the child and family.
 
  • Adoption Education – A non-therapy service that provides education and guidance for parents on adoption related issues.
 
  • Divorce Support Group for Children – A small group environment designed to assist children in managing the stress and turmoil often associated with the separation/divorce of their parents.  Note: Dr. Forrester does not do custody evaluations and does not make recommendations regarding custody or visitation.
 
  • Adoption Support Group for Children – A small group environment designed to assist children in managing complex emotions and learn options for handling intrusive questions.
 
  • Student / Intern Services – Dr. Forrester provides training to students in mental health related fields.  Students/Interns provide services to clients at a reduced rate and are supervised by Dr. Forrester.  These services cannot be charged to insurance yet are offered at a substantial discount.
 
 
9601 Katy Freeway, Suite 175 Houston, TX  77024
Phone:  713-598-3559
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