Children's Health Specialties


Pediatric Counseling

Beaumont Children's Hospital's staff of PhD clinical psychologists, limited license psychologists, licensed clinical social workers and board-certified behavior analysts specialize in pediatric counseling. Through various pediatric counseling techniques, Beaumont specialists can help children overcome problematic behaviors within the context of family and peers. After the initial intake, therapists establish a treatment plan with specific goals that will be monitored as therapy progresses.

Pediatric counseling helps children address:

  • Adjustment problems
  • Adoption
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD)
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Depression
  • Encopresis/Enuresis
  • Family conflict
  • Fears and phobias
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Learning disorders
  • Oppositional/defiant behavior
  • Peer group relationships
  • Selective mutism
  • Self-esteem concerns
  • Social skills deficit

Pediatric Counseling Techniques

Pediatric counselors use Applied Behavior Analysis, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy to decrease or eliminate problem behaviors, motivate positive interactions, and teach effective parenting techniques.

  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a pediatric counseling technique that focuses on modifying behavior to decrease or eliminate aggression, self-injury and other undesirable actions. ABA can also be used to teach skills such as functional communication, self-help, play and social interactions. Therapists motivate children and adolescents to learn, and teach caregivers how to implement individualized treatment plans.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a pediatric counseling technique that works to positively influence emotions and enhance adjustment by modifying everyday thoughts and behaviors. CBT is well-suited for conditions including anxiety, depression, phobias, selective mutism and adjustment disorders.
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) offers short-term pediatric counseling to improve parent-child relationships for children who exhibit non-compliance, hyperactivity, destructive behavior, inattention and low self-esteem. Parents learn effective discipline techniques through direct coaching sessions, and implement the techniques under therapist supervision. PCIT is consistently found to demonstrate significant improvements in child behavior.

Staff members can also:

  • Consult with schools, preschools and day-care centers
  • Counsel children with hearing loss
  • Work with parents
  • Facilitate social skills training groups
  • Assist with toilet training

To schedule an intake appointment, call the Center for Human Development at 248-691-4744, option #4
TDD/Videophone 248-691-8188