Dr. Nicole Burt, Ph.D., Psychologist

Dr. Nicole Burt is a child clinical psychologist specializing in neurodevelopmental assessment of children suspected of having autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, learning disorders (e.g., dyslexia), and intellectual disabilities, among other related behavioral and developmental disorders. Regarding treatment, Dr. Burt’s work has historically focused on the treatment of children/adolescents and their families struggling with concerns related to mood, anxiety, with a sub-specialty in OCD and selective mutism, disruptive behaviors (e.g., ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder), and repetitive behaviors (e.g., tics). Dr. Burt emphasizes evidence-based diagnostic and therapeutic approaches within a warm and playful environment such to promote rapport, establish trust, and create an atmosphere that fosters therapeutic success. She is theoretically grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, but also pulls from other approaches to tailor her clinical work to meet the needs of each individual child.

Professional Credentials

Undergraduate Education
Arizona State University, B.A. Psychology

Graduate Education
Northern Illinois University, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Child Clinical Focus

Doctoral Internship / Residency
University of Arizona Department of Psychiatry, Pre-Doctoral Internship
Gentry Pediatric Behavioral Services, Post-Doctoral Residency

Licensure
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners

Professional Organizations
American Psychological Association
Arizona Psychological Association

Child-Parent Psychotherapy

Child-parent psychotherapy is an integrative approach to mental health treatment which is rooted in the therapeutic relationship between the therapist, child, and parents. Child-parent psychotherapy allows for an open, supportive dialogue focused on identifying and changing thought patterns/behaviors in the context of family dynamics that may be affecting the child’s mental wellness. Evidence based therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy can improve a child’s behaviors, self-control and self-esteem. Parent behavioral training for younger children can also help parents with strategies to help their child succeed at school, at home, and in relationships.

Psychological Testing

Psychological testing helps clarify appropriate diagnoses and determine the neurocognitive profile (i.e., strengths and weaknesses) of a child through standardized, objective, and reliable measures and qualitative data. With this enhanced understanding of the child, a psychologist can then identify effective interventions and techniques to better support the child. It is most useful in assessing and identifying effective recommendations for the following conditions: Learning Disabilities, Intellectual Disability, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder, and other psychological conditions (i.e., Anxiety, Depression).

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