UF Health Medical Psychology is co-located with UF Health Child Psychiatry at the Springhill Health Center.
At UF Health Medical Psychology, treatment options are aimed at helping children and adolescents with behavioral and mood disorders. Our team of experienced psychologists, therapists and nurse practitioners works together to formulate the best treatment plan for all patients. Unlike their colleagues at UF Health Child Psychiatry, the UF Health Medical Psychology team members do not prescribe medication, provide medical management or crisis intervention for emergency situations. Instead, they work together with the psychiatrist to provide comprehensive care that may include individual, group and family therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, exposure and response prevention and/or parent-child interaction therapy.
Our knowledgeable clinical team is able to offer a variety of services, including second opinions, school advocacy, psycho-educational testing and psychotherapy.
Parent-child interaction therapy
The treatment team at UF Health Medical Psychology specializes in parent-child interaction therapy, or PCIT. PCIT is a short-term treatment program for young children and caregivers. Through weekly therapy sessions, parents and/or caregivers learn new strategies and skills for improving their child’s behavior. During these visits, parents practice new skills with their child while the therapist observes and provides feedback.
- Improved child behavior
- Effective discipline
- Reduction in caregiver stress
- Better relationship between caregiver and child
PCIT is ideal for children ages 3 to 7 who have any of the following concerns:
- Disruptive behaviors (tantrums, not listening, not following rules, aggression, destructive)
- Separation from parental figures
- History of trauma or undue stress
- Anxiety or depression
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Exposure to drugs or alcohol
- Chronic illness
For more information about PCIT, or to schedule your first appointment, call 352.265.4357 today.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Program
Obsessive-compulsive disorder affects over 2 million individuals in the United States. The UF Health Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Program offers intensive treatment featuring cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, which has been shown to reduce symptoms by at least 50 percent. CBT exposes triggers and teaches people to resist compulsions, with 85 percent of patients experiencing positive results. People are taught to respond to anxious thoughts in an adaptive and realistic manner.
The OCD Program at UF Health Medical Psychology offers intensive outpatient and weekly CBT treatments with pharmacological treatment coordinated as needed. Over an average of three weeks, patients meet with their designated therapists and receive assignments that encourage therapeutic exercises. The care team continues to work with the children and families even after the program ends by collaborating with other health care providers and caretakers.
For more information about our OCD treatment options, call 352.265.4357.
Eating Disorders Program
At UF Health Psychiatry, our team of eating disorders experts provides evidence-based outpatient treatment for adolescents and young adults with eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder and avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder. The eating disorder treatment program is ideal for people with eating disorders who are medically stable but require more structure than can be provided in a standard outpatient setting. The program is also appropriate for individuals stepping down from a higher level of care, including inpatient residential or partial hospitalization.
- Medical management
- Nutritional counseling
- Individual therapy
- Family therapy
- Group therapy
People in the eating disorder treatment program may participate in a number of different types of therapy, including:
- Process groups: These sessions provide opportunities to develop interpersonal skills, practice expression of emotions and receive peer support in a therapeutic environment.
- Dialectical behavior therapy: People gain skills for coping with distress, regulating emotions and building healthy interpersonal relationships.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy: Techniques are used to help people challenge distorted thought patterns that reinforce symptoms of eating disorders, depression and anxiety.
- Art therapy: During art therapy, people are invited to identify, express and transform underlying emotions, which may be difficult to communicate verbally, through the use of art materials and imagery.
- Exposure and response prevention: This type of therapy is used in a supportive environment to reduce food-based anxiety. Exposures are tailored to the individual.
- Nutrition education: People learn about their nutritional needs and challenge myths about food, weight, size and metabolism.
For more information about our Eating Disorder Program, call 352.265.4357. You can also visit specific condition pages by clicking on links to the right.
Conditions & Services
- Adolescent depression
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Behavior - unusual or strange
- Binge eating disorder
- Depression - overview
- Eating disorders - resources
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Major depression
- Major depression with psychotic features
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Postpartum depression
- Separation anxiety in children
- Social anxiety disorder
- Stress and your health
To obtain a copy of your medical records from UF Health Medical Psychology - Springhill Health Center, please contact 352-265-HELP (4357).
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