Statement on anti-racism:
Our nation has been plagued by racism for centuries, and the events of the last few months have only highlighted the oppression and injustices that have been imposed on the Black community. When it comes to mental health, our healthcare system has perpetuated disparities in providing culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health care in racial and ethnic minorities. For instance, data show that African Americans often receive poorer quality of care and lack access to culturally competent care. The U.S. mental healthcare system is also less likely to provide guideline-consistent care to African Americans and less likely to include them in research.*
At CABHC, we stand against racism, and we want to do our part in reducing the toll racism takes on the mental health of African Americans and people of color (POC). We want to use our voice in the community to amplify the voices of the Black community in asking that our society as a whole be proactive in fighting racism. We commit to continuing to pay attention to the needs of the diverse communities around us, to learn to be better therapists to our Black and POC clients, and to be vocal against the injustices in our nation.
Black Lives Matter.
*American Psychiatric Association (link)
These quirky children are talented, creative, intelligent, and funny. They’re original thinkers. They’re problem solvers, typically in new and unexpected ways. And they have a hard time with their families, teachers, and peers.
“We’ve been to all these therapists, and you’re the first one who’s ever understood our child.”
Some children just don’t seem to respond to things the way most people do.
They have gigantic freakouts, meltdowns, or shutdowns about things most kids just wouldn’t be bothered by. Or they completely miss things most kids would never fail to notice.
Some kids are just plain different.
They’re easy to love, but hard to raise, hard to teach, hard to discipline.
Traditional methods of teaching, parenting, and discipline
just don’t work with these kids.
(Traditional therapy definitely doesn’t work.
You’ve probably tried that already.)
“The last therapist spent a year playing Uno with him, and talking about movies, and nothing changed.”
We teach children and families skills that lead to success in the other 167 hours of the week. In the other 99.4% of your life.
Your child’s problems don’t exist in our office. They exist at home. At school. At church. At sports practices. The solutions are going to exist out there too. So the therapy hour is a place where we teach skills, practice them, coach them, refine them. Then you take them out where the rubber hits the road.
“The last therapist wouldn't even talk to me in her presence. He said he didn't want to damage the therapeutic relationship.”
We value all our kids, but we don’t usually do individual therapy with them. If human behavior is a product of its environment—and we firmly believe it is—we are not the primary vehicle for change. Families are. Home is. So we work with families, empowering you all to be the agents of real and lasting change.