Dr. Deborah Gilman


Disruptive behavior disorders are among the easiest to identify because they involve behaviors that are readily seen such as temper tantrums, physical aggression (such as attacking other children), excessive argumentativeness, lying, stealing, and other forms of defiance or resistance to authority. 

 Early identification and treatment may, however, increase the chances that your child can learn to control these behaviors.

Trauma, Grief, & Adjustment

Anxiety, Self-Esteem, & Self Image

If your child has a learning problem, it doesn't mean he or she can't learn. Learning problems happen because of the way the brain takes in and processes information. As a result, some people learn differently. We can help determine how your child can learn best.

Through academic, cognitive, and other testing, we can help figure out what your child's barriers to learning are — and come up with ideas for how to make it better.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity

Disorder (ADHD)

Learning & Academic Concerns

​It’s normal for children to occasionally forget their homework, daydream during class, act without thinking, or get fidgety at the dinner table. But inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity are also signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD). ADHD can lead to problems at home and school and affect your child’s ability to learn and get along with others. The first step to addressing the problem and getting your child the help he or she needs is to learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of ADHD.​

Therapeutic Techniques

Dr. Gilman tailors therapy to the specific needs of each individual's situation incorporating some combination of the following:

Cognitive Challenging & Restructuring

Relaxation skills
Assertiveness skills
Emotion regulation skills
Healthy lifestyle habits
Improved behavior patterns
Improved self-worth
Relationship skills
Resolution of painful emotional Experiences linked to to traumatic events

Organizational and Learning Strategies

Play & Art Therapy

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

Anxiety is common in young people’s lives, especially in the school arena where they are under constant academic & social pressure.  A little stress is normal, perhaps even healthy, but what happens when your child’s life is dominated by worry? This can make your child feel insecure and scared. As a result, they often feel less confident in their abilities to solve problems and manage every day situations.

Disruptive Behavior Disorders & Anger

Depression & Mood Disorders

Each child grieves significant life changes (e.g., divorce, death, moving) in his or her own way. As reactions can vary according to age, cognitive & developmental ability, and personality, children in the same family may react differently. Some children develop traumatic grief responses, making it even harder to cope. When this happens children get “stuck” in negative images, thoughts and feelings about the life changes. This can make it harder to do schoolwork, behave at home, and interact well with friends.

Child & Adolescent Services

Childhood depression is different from the normal "blues" and everyday emotions that occur as a child develops. Just because a child seems sad doesn't necessarily mean he or she has significant depression. If the sadness becomes persistent, or if disruptive behavior that interferes with normal social activities, interests, schoolwork, or family life develops, it may indicate that he or she has a depressive illness. Keep in mind that while depression is a serious illness, it is also a treatable one.