SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions) is a parent-based therapy for parents of children and teens with anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and related problems. SPACE can also help anxious children who have sleep issues, are picky-eaters, and avoid/refuse to go to school. SPACE has been tested and found to be effective in randomized controlled clinical trials. Dr. Dunn received her training as a SPACE provider from the program developer, Dr. Eli Lebowitz at the Yale Child Study Center. She received additional training from Dr. Lebowitz to apply the SPACE model to parents of children with Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) and parents of young adults having difficulty achieving independence (i.e., Failure to Launch).
Parents who participate in SPACE will learn skills to help their child overcome anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and related problems. The treatment focuses on changes that parents can make to their own behavior, they do not need to make their child change. The two main changes that parents learn to make in SPACE treatment are to respond more supportively to their anxious child and to reduce the accommodations they have been making to the child’s symptoms.
If you are interested in SPACE with Dr. Dunn, please email her to obtain additional information and schedule an intake appointment. This program can be completed in-person or through telehealth. Children do not attend the sessions, only their parents. Typically the SPACE program can be completed within 6-8 sessions. The intake appointment is $200, and the parent-only therapy sessions are $175 per session. All families are provided with unlimited secure messaging with Dr. Dunn through an online portal at no additional cost during the program.
Dr. Dunn is not in-network with any insurance providers and payment for services is expected at each session. You will be provided with a monthly superbill that you can submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement; however, you will be still be expected to pay in full for each session at the time it is held. Please call your insurance provider and ask them some questions about what type of reimbursement you can expect to receive from a provider that is not in-network.