l Dr. Pauluk works extensively
in-patient psychiatric and
outpatient with children ages
l A wide variety of psychiatric
disorders in children and
adolescents are treated
including, but not limited to:
ADHD, autism, aggression,
bullying, socialization with
peers, addictions, self-
defiant issues, anxiety, anger,
self-image, mood disorders, identity issues, self-harm, post-traumatic stress
disorder, self-confidence, self-worth, eating disorders, mood swings, and
disobedience. Effects of marital separation or divorce and the integration of a
new spouse into a new blended family are areas where Dr. Pauluk can help, too.
l Adoption of pharmaceuticals within a treatment protocol is NOT mandatory. However, psychotherapy can be
facilitated when we work in concert with a psychiatrist to rapidly stabilize certain symptoms in a young client.
l Dr. Pauluk has more than 16 years of experience treating children and adolescents, having treated more than
3,000 young clients successfully.
l American society no longer stigmatizes kids being treated for behavioral issues. Yet some parentsn are reluctant
to admit their child has a problem. There may be religious beliefs that hold parents back from seeking psychotherapy for their children. Call Dr. Pauluk to address your hesitancy to get treatment for a child rather than wait for symptoms to "disappear". Doing so is in your child's best interests.
Dr. Wendy J. Pauluk diagnoses and treats an array of psychological conditions and disorders (see sample list, right). Her clinical background provides her unique capabilities with these special situations:
Death and dying issues for those terminally ill, surviving family, and friends
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD (including treating victims of
crime, those sexually abused, and active duty/retired military personnel)
Depression, anxiety, compulsions, sexuality issues, ADD/ADHD, bi-polar
disorders, phobias, panic, mood disorders, and conduct/ disruptive disorders
Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Dr. Pauluk's Practice
Abuse (Physical, Sexual, etc.)
Addiction and Dependency Issues
Anxiety/Panic Disorders (all)
Attention Deficit Disorders (ADHD)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Medical Illness/Disease Management
Mood Disorders (all)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Physical Illness Issues
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Sexual Dysfunction (all)
Sexual Identity Issues
TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)
Transition and Adjustment Issues
Anyone you see professionally should be licensed to practice medicine. Dr. Pauluk is a Clinical Psychologist licensed to practice in Utah, Nevada, and Arizona. Her licensing has never been limited, restricted, revoked, suspended, voluntarily relinquished, terminated, subjected to disciplinary action, nor otherwise acted upon in an adverse manner by regulators or the courts. Her Better Business Bureau record is spotless.
When considering treatment with a psychologist, ask probing questions about the doctor's expertise dealing specifically with your diagnosis. This ensures they have ample background working with what specifically troubles you. Dr. Pauluk has treated thousands of clients in the hospital and in her office. She has testified in court as an expert witness regarding psychology and mental health. If for whatever reason Dr. Pauluk cannot serve you, she will refer you to a colleague that possess credentials germane to your needs.
Chemistry, trust, and your own commitment to care govern the usefulness of psychotherapy. Effective psychotherapy can only occur when a client and their doctor "click" and can converse easily even when topics are uncomfortable or controversial. Dr. Pauluk has many clients who have worked with her long-term, testimony to her inviting personality, expertise, and gentle, comforting manner.
Sample Conditions Treated
call about your specific situation
Psychotherapy For Children & Adolescents
Experience You Can Trust
When considering working with a psychologist, it is prudent to ensure the doctor you're considering possesses these three attributes:
I'm often asked if I specialize in a particular area of psychotherapy. Let's just say I have an edge in certain areas of psychology as a result of my experience and training in emergency rooms, trauma centers, in-patient and out-patient care settings, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, residential treatment centers, alcohol & drug rehab facilities, and assisted living environments.
This professional diversity means I've never been thrown a curve ball, though it's common for clients to think the challenges they are facing are unique unto themselves. This is particularly true for clients with eating disorders, suicidal thoughts, compulsive behaviors, bereavement challenges, and loneliness. Parents often come to me feeling isolated as they deal with their disobedient child, believing their child's combativeness and unwillingness to “be like other kids” is a challenge unique to their family situation, particularly if their child is autistic, has
Asperger's Syndrome, or is self-mutilating themselves to express their anger and disappointment in their lives. There are virtually no new care issues that arise in the career of a doctor of psychology (even dilemmas poised by Facebook, for instance, are comparable to addiction issues when TV came into widespread use). There are some areas of psychology which command specialization – psychological testing that assesses personality traits and psychopathology like the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI), for example. And there are some areas of psychology which are somewhat specialized that I've elected not to work in, like conducting a psych evaluation for those considering bariatric or “lap band” surgery, for example.
Some clients have come to me after self-diagnosing themselves (some even self-medicating themselves, making their original problem worse or creating new treatment issues). Others feel they can regain their mental health footing in 45 minutes, as if they were taking their car to an rapid oil change garage – if only psychotherapy were that simple! It's not uncommon for some people to let their conditions “go too far”, relying on hope instead of qualified medical care to resolve issues that can worsen over time. It is quite common to meet a client that has been misdiagnosed (taking meds to treat depression, for example, when in fact they are bipolar and the meds are actually making things worse). I've seen others adopt a casual posture, believing things will eventually “blow over” when instead, they tend to “blow up” This is as true with physical challenges as it is with psychological challenges: when you seek treatment early on, the challenges can be contained, minimized, and resolved, lest they morph into a more serious condition.