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Welcome

    My name is Ursula Schwartz.  I am a psychologist in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I have specialized in the treatment of children/adolescents and their families for the past 30 years. My areas of expertise are:
  • Early and middle childhood disorders (from 2 to 12)
  • Adolescent internalizing disorders, such as depression and anxiety
  • (from13-17)
  • Effective parenting
  • Special needs children and advocacy

APPROACH TO THERAPY
    My approach to therapy is cognitive-behavioral and family based, and generally includes you, the parent, as an important change agent. That means that therapy is a place where things get started; and your home is the place where things are put into action. I see therapy with your child as a cooperative effort: together we will focus on helping your child develop the psychological skills necessary for healthy development. I will work with you, the parent, to help you better understand your child, and will coach you to develop effective parenting tools. If the child has problems in school or is a special needs child I will work with schools, teachers and school counselors. At times, in adolescence I will work with an adolescent individually.  However, even in that case, I will encourage the adolescent to occasionally invite his or her parents to the session in order to negotiate better ways of living together and to increase mutual understanding.
  
EDUCATION
    I received my Ph. D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis on child development from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. I then completed a Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, and later worked in community mental health and at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) of the University of Pittsburgh. I have been in private practice since 1989.

AUTHORSHIP AND BOOKS 
    I am also the author of a scientific book on early childhood play (1990), and the co-author of a book on parenting with Abraham Twersky, M. D. (1996). I have conducted many worshops for parents and teachers.