Andrew has devoted his career to helping children, adolescents, parents, and families. An avid behaviorist and family therapist, he uses methods that are contemporary, well-researched, and effective.
Andrew’s approach consists of proper assessment, value identification, and committed action. He respects each child’s individuality by matching the type of intervention with the child’s particular circumstances. He makes every effort to help families feel understood by modeling and instituting compassion into his work.
When working with any child, it is equally important to help his/her parents and other family members as well. Andrew is known for his expertise in system’s approaches that not only treat the child but also address the entire family system. He is highly regarded for his ability to work with very complicated family situations. This often entails working with parents separately on specific skills, working with the child individually, and/or working with the child and parents together.
Andrew continually strives to create opportunities for behavioral change. He specializes in childhood and adolescent anxiety disorders such as Childhood Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Trichotillomania. In addition, he addresses most academic concerns such as school phobia and school refusal. He places a great deal of emphasis on collaborating with other professionals such as teachers, coaches, and pediatricians. He relies on his training in ACT/RFT by using mindfulness, metaphors, scripts, imagery and other well known methods such as behavioral activation, exposure/response prevention, and habit reversal. His ultimate aim is to help each child and family resolve conflicts and to achieve goals. He remains committed to providing the highest level of care after thirty-four years of practice.
Adults are constantly confronted with highly stressful situations in today’s society. Many times these circumstances are handled by attempts to analyze, control, or avoid the situation, an approach which may offer temporary relief but in the long run, may result in a worsening of stress.
Dr. D’Amico’s use of ACT/RFT is a fresh approach based on well-researched and contemporary methods. This process is aimed at freeing the mind of its verbal traps so that meaningful goals are attained. Treatment begins with proper assessment and value identification and commences to purposeful action. Dr. D’Amico’s methods draw from his training in Relational Frame Theory, a contextual behavioral approach that helps clients act on their values based on experiential conversations and exercises during sessions. In addition, he uses techniques in mindfulness, acceptance, and compassion.
Dr. D’Amico is an expert in the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Trichotillimania, Tic Disorders and Depression. He uses a number of gold standard methods such as exposure and response prevention, behavioral activation, and habit reversal. His ultimate goal is to provide a safe, supportive, and empowering environment where adults can achieve their goals.