Who is CET For?
Center for Effective Therapy is an outpatient center that focuses on short-term, high-quality evidence-based treatment. With locations in Boston (formerly The Center for Effective Child Therapy) and Waltham (formerly The Baker Center for Children and Families at Waltham), we aim to provide families with the tools they need to succeed.
Children & Youth
Individuals ages 2-22 with a wide range of mental health challenges or concerns
Parents & Caregivers
Individuals seeking mental health assistance or training to support their children
Doctors looking for support and training for mental health conditions that impact children
Schools seeking training and workshops to address mental health needs in the classroom
Depression & Emotional Problems
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Used to treat anxiety and depression conditions, CBT centers around changing thinking patterns and behaviors. It is one of the most widely used forms of psychotherapy.
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
Used to enhance parenting techniques, PCIT is for children with emotional and behavioral problems. Therapists help families learn learn specific behavior management techniques to help their children.Learn More
The Modular Approach to Therapy for Children (MATCH)
MATCH is designed for multiple disorders and problems encompassing anxiety, depression, trauma, disruptive conduct, and ADHD.Learn More
Behavioral Parent Training (BPT)
Used to treat children with non-compliance or behavioral issues, BPT involves training parents and helping them modify their own behaviors to best assist their children.
Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE)
CARE utilizes the 3 P skills (Praise, Paraphrase and Point-Out Behavior) to connect with children. This involves techniques for giving children effective positive commands, and selective ignoring techniques to redirect diffcult behaviors.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
TF-CBT is for children and adolescents ages 3 to 18 who have significant emotional problems related to traumatic and abusive life events.Learn More
Social Pragmatics Groups
Intended for elementary and middle school-age children who may have trouble reading social cues, navigating difficult social situations, experience social anxiety, or who might benefit from additional coaching and support with peer interactions.Learn More
Making A Difference
CET has been a tremendous help for my son. He now has the tools that he can utilize when he is faced with a stressful situation either in school or at home. I know that without the guidance he received at CET, he would not be in the place he is today.
The Center provides research-based techniques and strategies designed to help your child handle emotional stressors. The clinician we worked with was very respectful, sensitive, and caring.
We were extremely fortunate that a trusted advisor recommended CET. From the moment of the intake phone call, it was clear that it was the right place to be. Our first visit and every subsequent visit confirmed and deepened that first impression of dedication and excellence.
Long after treatment at the CET rescued us from crisis, both my son and I continue to use the skills we were taught there, to the betterment of both our lives.
How It Works
We start with a phone screen where you’ll be able to explain your concerns about your child and we’ll go over our treatment options. If we determine that CET is a good fit, we’ll schedule an in-person assessment. A few weeks after the assessment, you’ll receive a written assessment report on your child which includes a diagnosis. From there, we’ll make recommendations for treatment and get your child started!