Child, Adolescent and Family Psychologist Samantha Meltzer, Psy.D. 44 Court Street, Suite 800
Brooklyn, New York 11201
Office (718) 483-2408 Respect for Individual Differences
Private Practice

I am a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in child, adolescent, and family therapy. I see children and adolescents for a range of mental health concerns and life stressors, including depression, anxiety, adjustment difficulties, social issues, difficulty with self-esteem, post-traumatic stress, and disruptive behavior disorders. I offer Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Family Systems therapy, parent guidance, and play therapy or a combination of these approaches and techniques.

Approach and Philosophy

My approach and philosophy are founded on a respect for individual differences. After a thorough evaluation, I provide a tailored and specific treatment plan that fits each individual's abilities and needs. Through this comprehensive approach, treatment is focused and problems are systematically addressed.

     Fundamental Principles:
     A Broad View of Normality  
     Goodness of Fit
     The Importance of Parenting
     The Importance of Self -Image


Before reaching a diagnosis and offering recommendations, I need to fully understand each particular situation. Therefore, considerable time and effort is devoted to the evaluation and taking a comprehensive history. Often an older adolescent will come alone to the first appointment. In the case of a younger child, parents may be seen first and the child at a later date, or everyone may be asked to come in together. The evaluation typically involves separate child and parent interviews, as well as the completion of questionnaires, and in some cases, classroom observation of the child. At the end of the evaluation, I will offer impressions and advise on how to proceed.

     Range of Services:
     Evaluation and Diagnosis
     Individual Therapy
     Play Therapy
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