Psychology

10 South Rockburn Street The office of Chrissi Hart, Ph.D.
10 South Rockburn Street
York, PA 17402
Tel: 717 600 8181
Fax: 717 600 0089
Email: chrissihart1@gmail.com

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Welcome! You have probably found me either by searching for a child psychologist, your child’s pediatrician has referred you or a friend has recommended our service.  We are a husband and wife team.  My husband, Dr. Barry Hart sees both adults and children. I specialize in assessing and treating children and trained in the UK  where I worked at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Cambridge and North Lincolnshire. I use a cognitive behavioral approach, teach relaxation, mindfulness meditation and self-hypnosis and biofeedback for stress management.

I have experience of a wide range of childhood problems including anxiety, psychosomatic disorders, depression, ADHD, habit disorders, perfectionism especially in gifted children and psychological testing. Many children that I see suffer from anxiety. As a parent you want  your child to be happy, and free from worries and negative thinking.

When you arrive at our office, the first thing you will notice is that it is a house. Our accomodation is newly converted and is relaxing, comfortable with no worries about parking.

Help for your anxious child

If you are looking for help for your anxious child, you have come to the right place! I have treated hundreds of anxious children since 1981 with cognitive behavioral therapy, a practical treatment based on principles of anxiety reduction and acquisition. CBT is a treatment of choice for anxiety disorders in children. Children learn new ways of responding to anxiety in an average of six sessions. They will learn practical strategies to build optimism, resilience, positive thinking and happiness.

When do you seek help for your child? When anxiety affects your child’s ability to learn, make friends and have fun. It may be excessive or disproportionate to the situation, significantly interferes with your child’s social, emotional or academic development, causes distress and lasts one month or longer.

There are several types of anxiety disorders in children:

  1. Generalized anxiety disorder
  2. Separation anxiety disorder
  3. Social anxiety
  4. Specific phobias
  5. Panic Disorder
  6. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  7. Post traumatic Stress Disorder

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy targets thoughts, feelings and behavior and can be used successfully with children as young as six years old. Treatment is tailored to each individual child and often involves a combination of the following techniques:

  1. Psychoeducation
  2. Somatic management (e.g. relaxation and imagery)
  3. Cognitive restructuring and positive self talk
  4. Exposure/systematic desensitization
  5. Relapse prevention

Please visit my profile on www.psychologytoday.com for further information about my services and contact me to schedule an initial appointment for a diagnostic interview. Insurances accepted:

Highmark Blue Shield

Blue Cross (except Keystone and some Carefirst plans)

Quest

Aetna

Tricare

Insurances with out of network provisions and self-pay

 

The best way to contact me is by email: chrissihart1@gmail.com.