COLLEEN HAMILTON, PSY.D.

Dr. Colleen Hamilton has a passion for working with teenagers and their families. Her background includes working with adolescents with a variety of presentations, including: behavior difficulties; social skills problems; depression; general, school, social and test anxiety; AD/HD; ASD; learning disabilities; trauma; self-image and self-esteem, identity development, and the spectrum of adolescent issues. For teens dealing with trauma she utilizes her specialized training in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy. In addition, Dr. Hamilton has worked with special needs (i.e., autism spectrum and emotional-behavioral disturbance) and at-risk teens (i.e., teens involved in delinquent behaviors). Her experience with teenagers also includes career development for older teens. In her individual therapy with adolescents she demonstrates respect for the teen while guiding them in the development of new skills, behaviors and/or in mood regulation. Adolescence can be a hard transition for both teenagers and parents, and Dr. Hamilton can help the family navigate this time in family therapy. Dr. Hamilton utilizes various approaches such as psycho-education and improved listening and expression to help foster communication between teenagers and parents. She has assisted teens and parents in creating structure and a daily routine, teaching problem solving skills, conflict resolution skills, boundary setting, how to support a member with a mental illness, how to have a healthy argument, and how to have fun as a family. With over 15 years of experience specializing in kids and families, she has a wide array of tools to help teens and families.