Initial Phone Consultation Dr. Stewart provides free initial phone consultations to speak about your situation and help you determine whether she is a good fit for you or your family member. Concierge Psychology In today's fast-paced world, many individuals and families are looking for specialized care that does not require taking time out of busy schedules for office visits, or for whom traditional in-office appointments do not provide a preferred level of discretion. Dr. Stewart provides concierge therapy via in-home or videoconference sessions for certain conditions. Please contact the office for more information.
Intake Assessment The initial appointment for therapy involves an in-person meeting in Dr. Stewart's Fort Lauderdale office, or virtually. During this first meeting, Dr. Stewart will ask many questions to get to know you (or your child), learn about the issues you are facing, help you determine your goals, and assess your current strengths. Clients have ample opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback. At the end of the intake appointment, Dr. Stewart will provide you with some initial impressions and suggestions for a comprehensive treatment plan. Your input in this process is essential and these initial meetings tend to be very collaborative in nature.
Individual Therapy Individual therapy is the appropriate treatment modality for many different presenting problems and involves one-on-one meetings with a therapist. While such meetings may take place in the office, they may also take place in your home, office, or school. Family members or significant others may be included in these sessions, if appropriate or desired. Sessions typically occur once per week, initially, and may decrease in frequency over time as you begin to accomplish your goals.
Intensive Treatment Research has shown that intensive treatment can be beneficial for certain conditions including OCD, Social Anxiety, and Panic Disorder. Intensive treatment involves more frequent meetings with the therapist, and these sessions are typically of longer duration than individual therapy sessions. These sessions may also be conducted in your home, school, or other settings around South Florida, if appropriate. Intensive treatment may be a good option for those people who do not have access to specialized Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) therapists in their area.
Parenting Tips & Techniques Dr. Stewart frequently works with parents of young children, adolescents, and young adults to help them become "the parents they want to be". Dr. Stewart helps parents identify their parenting goals, such as fostering children's independence, flexibility, and responsibility. She helps parents learn to balance empathy and support with creating structure, boundaries, and appropriate consequences. These sessions can be particularly helpful when a child is struggling with anxiety, OCD, or behavioral problems, or when parents differ in their parenting styles.
Couples Therapy Dr. Stewart frequently sees couples in treatment who are experiencing relationship conflicts. Couples therapy can be an effective tool to help improve communication, decrease conflict, and increase relationship satisfaction.
Family Therapy Family therapy can be effective in helping families experiencing adjustment issues (i.e., separation, divorce). It can also be used to help strengthen family relationships and clarify roles and boundaries within a family.
Psychological and Psychoeducational Assessments Dr. Stewart is not currently providing psychological or psychoeducational assessments. She is happy to provide you with referrals to colleagues who specialize in these types of evaluations.