Dr. Melanie Pearl,
Child Psychologist

Providing psychological, behavioral, and educational services to children, families, and schools

Indidvidual Therapy

Individual therapy is one-on-one work with a child or teen to build coping skills, promote resilience, address a specific life event, reduce anxiety, boost mood, improve friendships, and work towards any number of additional goals.

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Parent Consultation

Parenting is challenging, whether children are developing typically or requiring support. Parents may seek consultation to discuss specific behaviors of concern, review behavior management strategies, receive support for parenting “sensitive” children or how to broach sensitive topics with their children. (e.g. adoption, divorce)

Diagnostic Evaluations

Evaluation involves taking a comprehensive look at an individual’s strengths, weaknesses, and patterns of functioning through use of standardized assessments, interviews, observations, and collection of data from parents and/or teachers.

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Read what parents have to say about our therapy services.

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In-Person and Virtual Sessions Available

I offer compassionate and evidence-based support, meeting children where they are to help them succeed at their jobs - growing, playing, and learning.

12 years
in private practice in
Ridgefield, CT
25 years
supporting children's development and mental health

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started?

When you first contact me, we will spend about 20 minutes on the telephone, free of charge, so I can understand your reason(s) for seeking assistance and your goals. If we both decide to move forward, we will schedule an intake session (which is usually 1.5 hours) to review relevant background information and developmental history and to further solidify treatment goals. I may ask you and/or your child to complete some screening measures as part of intake. If you are seeking help for a teenager, I will complete a separate intake with your teen. I may or may not complete a separate intake with a younger child.

For younger children, parents will typically play a very large role in treatment. Parents may be asked to attend the entire session with the child, to come into a child’s session for the first or last ten minutes, or to schedule separate parent appointments to receive updates and guidance.

Do you take insurance?

I do not participate on any insurance panels. I charge an hourly rate for therapy and consultation, due at the completion of each session. I will provide you with a receipt containing all of the information you need to submit to your insurance to count towards your deductible or for reimbursement directly to you.

What do I tell my child about coming to see you?

Most children do best with concrete, non-judgmental, factually-based information tailored to their developmental level. We can talk together about some things you can say to your specific child before you bring them in.

Still have questions?

Contact me for more information or to schedule an appointment.