Marcia M. Laviage, PhD
ADHD/DISRUPTIVE OR HIGH RISK BEHAVIORS
While I do feel ADHD is overdiagnosed in today's society, I also believe that obtaining an understanding of both what is driving unhelpful behavior as well as how to control it is critical to children and adolescents who seem to making repeatedly bad decisions. Assessment and treatment with the child or teenager, as well as with the parents, can be an effective course of actions.
As a post-doctoral fellow over 17 years ago, I treated adolescents with eating disorders in both an inpatient and outpatient setting. In addition to seeing my own patients struggling with eating disorders after that year was completed, I continued to supervise clinical trainees and early career psychologists in the treatment of ED. I am a founding member of the Houston Eating Disorders Specialists group and maintain medical staff privileges at Texas Children's Hospital which allows me to continue treating my patients in the hospital setting if ever warranted. I maintain close collaboration with physicians, dieticians, and other professionals who may comprise of a treatment team for any individual struggling to recover from an eating disorder.
As mentioned elsewhere on my website, there is a wealth of scientific data supporting the treatment of anxiety-based disorders. I am well-trained in and use Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which is the treatment identified as the most effective for treating anxiety and mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder. I also work closely, if needed, with psychiatrists and other healers to supplement the therapy process.