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About Mental Health

Outpatient Counseling Services at Arkansas Therapy Outreach’s Benton Clinic

Children ages 2+ and adults are referred to our outpatient counseling program for a wide varietyof concerns including, but not limited to Neurodevelopmental Disorders (Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD), anxiety disorders, Trauma and stress related disorders (Reactive Attachment Disorder, PTSD, stress disorder, adjustment disorders), Disruptive, Impulse-Control and Conduct Disorders (Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Intermittent Explosive Disorder), behavior problems, school issues, developmental delays and intellectual issues.

Holly. CrutchfieldHolly Crutchfield, LCSW, CAS

Mental Health Professional and Certified Autism Specialist

 

Holly is a Licensed Certified Social Worker and Certified Autism Specialist who has worked with special needs children and their families for over 13 years with an emphasis in addressing Autism Spectrum Disorder and a wide range of mental health issues.  She currently serves as the Diagnostic Clinic & Mental Health Program Coordinator at ATO’s REACH Autism Clinic. Holly has been a guest speaker for numerous organizations providing services and education for mental health issues including continuing education courses in the area of Autism and children with special needs. She is also a board member of the Reach Legacy Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization devoted to serving children and families with autism and related disorders.

 

Inspiration: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

A note from Holly Crutchfield:

“As a Licensed Certified Social Worker and Certified Autism Specialist, I enjoy working with children and families seeking help to manage the daily struggles in raising a child on the autism spectrum as well as children with mental health issues.  I have spent my entire career working with children/adolescents and families with a wide range of mental health disorders.  I specialize in parenting issues, child/adolescent behaviors and coping skills/behavior modification to target the disruptive and defiant behaviors that interfere with daily life. I understand how difficult it can be to manage behaviors and as a parent of a child with special needs. I am aware of daily struggles for the child, siblings, parents, schools, teachers and therapists.  I love to empower, encourage and advocate for others.  I truly enjoy being a mental health professional and look forward to working with all of my clients and families to reach their full potential no matter how big or small the step is for them.”

CAS Certified Autism Specialist Badge

A Certified Autism Specialist (CAS) has been verified by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) to have voluntarily met rigorous professional standards, demonstrating experience and education in autism. A CAS has also passed the IBCCES Autism Competency exam.

Mental Health Diagnostic Evaluation

 

Through individualized and in-depth child and family interviews, the clinician examines your child’s current challenges, strengths, areas of weakness, current level of functioning as well as their developmental, educational, family, medical and psychiatric history.

 

If indicated and after parental consent is provided, an interview with other caregivers, teachers, physicians or other professionals involved in the care of your child may also be an important component of the evaluation and treatment process.

 

Additional testing with our multi-disciplinary team for the pediatric population may be recommended as needed. Outside referrals may be coordinated with your primary care physician if indicates also. The coordination of care for our patients is of high priority within our practice.

 

Special Approaches

 

Children and teens may benefit from our outpatient counseling services to address one or a combination of the following issues:

  • Adjustment reactions to medical illness
  • Aggressive, Oppositional or Disruptive Behavior
  • Attention Deficits
  • Bedwetting or SoilingBipolar disorder
  • Developmental disorders including autism
  • Difficulties with Family or Peer Relationships
  • Fears or Anxiety
  • Feeding disorders
  • Hyperactivity
  • Learning problems
  • Psychological effects of physical or sexual abuse
  • Psychosis
  • Sadness or Depression
  • School-related problems
  • Sleep problems
  • Speech and language problems
  • Stress associated with a traumatic event

 

Treatment

 

For each patient, our treatment goals include relieving difficult symptoms, enhancing positive mental health development, and improving functioning at home, school and/or work and in the community. Specific goals include helping children, adolescents and adults to:

  • Identify and manage painful emotions
  • Cope adaptively with stressful situations
  • Control troublesome behavior
  • Improve learning abilities
  • Communicate more effectively
  • Form and maintain positive relationships
  • Make use of innate talents and abilities

 

Each patient follows an individualized treatment plan composed of treatment modalities to best meet their needs. The treatment plan considers the child’s diagnostic, family, cultural, social and educational situations. Treatment modalities may include:

  • Crisis intervention
  • Short-term individual psychotherapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Behavior management training for parents

 

Our Multidisciplinary Professional Staff

 

Our clinical staff includes pediatric speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists, board certified behavior analysts and a licensed clinical social worker all of whom hold and maintain credentials and licensure to practice in their individual disciplines. Each professional brings dedication and specialized expertise to the individualized care every patient receives.

 

Appointments

 

To make an appointment or inquire further about our outpatient counseling services, please call 501-481- 8930 ext. 209. Most insurances accepted.