How Can I Help My Struggling Child?
At the Catalyst Center we practice Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment, a well-researched, individualized approach to assessment that has been shown to be beneficial to those who participate in it. We use assessment as an opportunity for brief treatment geared towards answering your questions and planning your next steps towards living the life you desire. Check out this weekly blog series highlighting The Catalyst Center's approach to assessment and what types of testing we can do for you.
Emotional and Behavioral Issues
Sometimes a child is struggling at home, at school, or with friendships and we aren't sure why. It isn't uncommon for people who don't know better to pin labels on a kid who is struggling such as "lazy" or "ADD" or "undisciplined." In our extensive experience, when a child is struggling, there is always a reason why. Understanding that "why" is the key to discovering how to help your child find his or her path towards a healthy and successful life.
A well-done assessment will give you a clear and accurate picture of your child's strengths and challenges emotionally, socially, and academically. This information can demystify why they are struggling even when you try everything you can think of to help. With the assessment results, we are able to tailor a detailed plan just for your child with concrete suggestions and recommendations to help you get unstuck as a parent, and help your child get on a happy and successful path.
Learning Disabilities and ADHD
We excel at assessing children who may have Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or a Learning Disability. We use a comprehensive, collaborative approach to assessment that focuses on identifying your child’s strengths, and offering research-based recommendations and finding realistic solutions for their challenges.
An incredibly important part of a good ADHD or Learning Disability evaluation is ruling out other mental health issues or emotional conditions that can mimic the symptoms of ADHD or Learning Disabilities. We take accurate diagnosis very seriously, and are careful to provide a comprehensive assessment that looks at your child's emotional functioning as well has his or her attention and learning abilities to make sure that we are making helpful recommendations and accurately identifying the "source" behind the problem behaviors.
Giftedness and “Twice Exceptional Children"
People who are highly intelligent are not immune to learning disabilities and ADHD. Often gifted students with learning disabilities or ADHD are missed because their high intelligence allows them to cope better in academics than many of their peers. People who are both highly intelligent and have a learning disability are often referred to as "twice exceptional." If you feel you or your child may be in this category, call The Catalyst Center to learn how an assessment could help you learn more about your abilities and discover ways to reach your full potential.
Learn more about our specialty services at The Catalyst Center
One of the areas where the Catalyst Center team has made a name for ourselves in in our work with women and men during their transition into parenthood. We are known for our commitment to excellence in the treatment and prevention of postpartum issues such as Depression, Anxiety, OCD, and Birth Trauma in men and women. Because we know how important a team approach is to effectively preventing and treating postpartum issues, we work closely with Denver area Midwives, OB/GYNs and Doulas and provide free educational materials for any interested birth professionals.
We are known for our excellent therapists and our deep knowledge about how to help children and families create secure bonds, change problem behaviors, and build a healthy and happy family. We excel in our work with parents who want to start their children off in life with the best tools available.
We specialize in helping parents navigate the complexities of raising a family from birth to young adulthood. We help you to work on balancing your individual and couple needs with the needs of your children, understanding your child's brain development and how to use this knowledge to parent more effectively, and guide you through what can be challenging years as your child's needs change as he or she develops into a teenager.
We utilize Directive Play Therapy, Family Therapy, Parent Coaching, Collaborative Therapeutic Assessment, EMDR, and Neurofeedback to help families get out of difficult patterns and find ways to grow and live together more peacefully.
At The Catalyst Center we specialize in helping families who are struggling with a child for whom "parenting as usual" just hasn't helped. We use a multifaceted approach to help your family find peace and stability.
Our approach begins with formal or informal assessment of the whole family to ensure we understanding what is going on and how best to help. We then use parent coaching, directive play therapy, EMDR, and neurofeedback to help shift things in your family for the better.
We believe in the healing power of the genuine connection between therapist and client, and the importance of finding the right fit with a therapist, which is why every potential new client receives a free initial consultation.
During your free thirty-minute initial consultation session with one of our highly-skilled therapists, you will meet with your therapist, go over our new client paperwork, get all of your questions answered, and get to know each other.
We only take on new clients that we are confident we can help, and pride ourselves on helping you to find a great fit with a therapist, even if it isn't here at The Catalyst Center.
Find Directions to Our Offices in Cherry Creek
There is ample free parking just outside our building
We are looking forward to meeting you soon. Here is some helpful information to help make your experience as smooth and easy as possible. Please reach out with any questions at all.
Just call us at 720-675-7123 and press "1" to be connected to Milissa or Dianna who are happy to help.
Before your Appointment
We have provided all of our new client paperwork electronically for your convenience
Please fill out the new client paperwork before your consultation: Either download the PDF file (emailed to you with your appointment confirmation), or arrive 10-15 minutes early for your first appointment and fill out the paperwork in our spa-like waiting room. New client paperwork is conveniently located on the shelf just below the complimentary coffee and tea.
We are located in Suite 520 of Jackson Place on the corner of South Jackson Street and Alameda Blvd300 South Jackson Street, Suite 520, Denver, CO 80209
Coming in for the First Meeting
Park in one of the conveniently located free parking areas (free 2-hour street parking out front, visitor parking behind the building & across the street)
Come in to the beautiful main entrance of the building, take the elevator up to the top floor (5th), turn right, walk down to the end of the hall and into the relaxing waiting room of The Catalyst Center
Make yourself comfortable in our spa-like waiting room & help yourself to our wide selection of complimentary coffees and teas. Take a moment to settle in, listen to the soothing music and relax.
Your therapist will come out to greet you and escort you back to his or her office at your appointment time
Important Information for all New Clients:
- Free Initial Consultation for ALL New Clients
- We Accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Cash & Check. Clients are also often able to use HSA accounts to pay for our services. Clients are responsible for payment at the time of service.
- To ensure Catalyst Center Clients receive the help they need regardless of ability to pay, our Advanced Graduate Student Therapists provide therapy and assessment services for a reduced fee and our Scholarship Program offers discounted rates to individuals and families who meet income eligibility requirements. If you want to be considered for our scholarship program please indicate this when you call to book your free initial consultation.
- Our practice does not directly bill through any insurance plan. However, we provide all of our clients with insurance-ready statements, which can be used to initiate the out-of-network reimbursement process privately through your insurance company if you are eligible to do so.
In the event you need to cancel an appointment, please provide notice to your therapist within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment time to avoid a late cancellation fee.
Many people have questions about Couples Therapy. Here are answers to some of the most common questions we get asked:
Do we have to be in a crisis to benefit from couples therapy?
What happens in a couple’s therapy session?
What if my partner isn't sure about coming to a couple’s therapist?
Should we be seeking individual or couples treatment?
I have really messed up, will our therapist side with my partner?
Partnership does not always work out. We understand that not all couples should stay together. Despite popular opinion, separation and divorce do not have to be an awful experience. You can do a great service to yourself and your children (if you have them) by working to make the divorce process as peaceful as possible for everyone. Therapy is a great space to negotiate the new boundaries and rules, process the loss of the relationship, and move forward with your new lives. Many couples who were not able to have a successful marriage can still collaborative successfully in their divorce process
Infidelity brings extreme pain. For most people the wound is not really as much about the physical or emotional affair as much as it is about the lying and deceit. Therapy provides the safe and neutral space to work through the hurt and understand the issues at hand...
Nurturing your Couple Relationship in New Parenthood
A new baby changes everything. Get support for your partnership during the early stages of parenthood. The patterns you set now tend to last for years. Intervening early is the best way to remain connected in this intense time in your life...