Children's therapy practice comes to Kirkland
By RAECHEL DAWSON
Kirkland Reporter Reporter
September 6, 2012 · Updated 12:37 PM
Carillon Point’s Starbucks, boutiques and lakeside cafes will welcome a children’s mental health facility to the mix on Sept. 10.
Co-founder Kjell Oswald said Kirkland’s high population of adolescents and its location east of Seattle makes it a great place for the first Cadence Family Therapy to reside.
“Medical services need a good environment for healing,” Oswald said. “(Carillon Point) is a beautiful place, an uplifting place.”
Oswald co-founded the practice with Steven Daly and Jim Bosler.
Cadence Family Therapy has already begun to schedule consultations with eager families, which can be competitive when it comes to getting help or a spot on the wait list.
Oswald said it is sometimes up to a year before a child can get the proper therapy for a mental health issue such as autism, which is most prevalent in Washington.
And with the National Institute of Mental Health estimating 20 to 25 percent of adolescents have emotional or mental disorders, nationwide, Cadence Family Therapy may be a boon to many families in need.
The facility will serve children ages 2 to 21 and offers many different techniques for treatment, with each plan central to the individual.
Children who experience a range of issues - depression, anxiety, ADHD or anorexia - can expect various “evidence-based” methods to help them through. Some of these techniques include: applied behavior analysis, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy and family therapy.
“Cadence’s mental health experts partner with families to identify strengths, assess areas of concern, and develop innovative treatment solutions,” said Cadence Family Therapy advisor Mark Fadool in a news release.
“This unique approach values the family’s voice, which allows for substantial improvements in the shortest amount of time.”
Fadool is the clinical director of mental health services of the Odessa Brown Clinic at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Oswald said they will treat each case by using a team approach. Currently, the center has 10 psychologists and master-level therapists and is led by clinical director Ronnie Cunningham. Oswald said there is a possibility of expansion in the future and hopes to train many interns throughout time.
The mental health center has informal ties to the Seattle Children’s Hospital, University of Washington and local doctors and schools on the Eastside. Jim Mazza is a professor and director of the School Psychology Program at the UW and Elizabeth Dexter-Mazza is a dialectical behavior therapy consultant.
Because of the need for children’s mental health help, Oswald said many families are forced to resort to extreme cases. Some families need to use out of state facilities or quit their job for treatment. But Oswald said Cadence will be a “one stop shop where people can come for any mental health issue.”
“Suicide is the number two killer of teens, it’s a huge national issue,” Oswald said. “But why should a family have to send their child away? The tools (for treatment) are lost in a different environment.”
The outpatient therapy is a way to help families and children maintain their regular lives while still getting the help they need.
Families should check with their insurance providers to see what can be covered under their plan but visits will typically cost about $160 per hour.
For information, visit www.cadencefamilytherapy.com or call 425-629-3581.
Contact Kirkland Reporter Reporter Raechel Dawson at email@example.com or 425-822-9166 X5052.