Trauma-based & Family Psychotherapy For Angry, Anxious, Depressed, and Frustrated Families

Age is a barrier to treatment

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Age is often a barrier to families seeking mental health treatment for their loved ones. If an individual is age 14 or 16 in some states and countries, they can reject treatment (medical and mental health). I often give parents the example of our alcohol laws: if kids cannot drink alcohol until the age of 21, why are they given the responsibility to make mental health treatment decisions? What is the difference between mood and thought-altering alcohol and untreated mental health? There isn’t much difference here!

A 14 year old or older individual who is suffering from mania often needs family to step in and encourage treatment. Mania can be just as detrimental to one’s health as alcohol can be. Someone who drinks way over the legal capacity of alcohol consumption is just as dangerous to self or others as an individual with uncontrollable mania.

To learn more about this issue and ways to help your loved one (or make decisions to allow others to help you if you are in need), visit my sister-site at: Psychcentral-Caregivers, Family, & Friends or listen to my interview with Dr Gordon Atherley on Untimely psychiatric support.

All the best


As always, I wish you well

*CORONA VIRUS UPDATE1050 Lincoln Way, Ste 1 - Pittsburgh PA

As we get closer to the middle of May states across the nation are passing laws, reducing restrictions, and enacting new regulations to help support the transition from stay-at-home orders to the normal flow of life again.

Unfortunately, Gov. Wolf hasn't reduced the mask wearing restrictions in Allegheny County. However, he has announced most of Western PA will be moving to the yellow phase beginning May 15. This means that we can slowly regain some normalcy.

But until the mask wearing restrictions are reduced or eliminated Anchored Child & Family Counseling will remain closed. I will be making small transitions back to the office over the course of summer and seeing some clients in-person based on need.The office will be open starting June 17, 2020 with the goal of remaining open until/if state laws change in response to Corona virus restrictions.

In the meantime, I will be continuing teletherapy sessions until mid-June. My office assistant and I will be monitoring your insurance policy to ensure that you will be covered for teletherapy and that your copayments will be waived. At this time, it appears that all major insurance companies (UPMC, Highmark, Aetna, Optum/United, and Cigna) are continuing to provide coverage for teletherapy.

Please check (the practice website) for updates and my business facebook page at:

Please continue to stay safe!
Thank you


Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC

Licensed Child & Family Therapist
National Board Certified Counselor
Internationally Certified Trauma Therapist

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