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Center for Effective Child Therapy

Center for Effective Child Therapy

We are currently accepting new clients for our telehealth services! Please click here to schedule an appointment.

Out of an abundance of caution with respect to the novel Coronavirus and in order to ensure the well-being of our clients and staff, our office will be closed, but we will continue to provide treatment via our telehealth capacity.

If you are a current client, both your clinician and our administrative staff have, and will continue to, reach out to you with information on how to ensure you continue to receive treatment while our physical offices are closed.  Our staff members are working remotely and can assist you via email. Staff will continue to monitor inquiries directed to and will respond as soon as possible. We advise against providing detailed medical information over email. Please refer to our website and social media for any updates as we continue to monitor the situation. If you are not a current client and are interested in services, please see the “Contact Us” tab on the left side of this page.

The Center for Effective Child Therapy (CECT) at Judge Baker provides mental health assessments and focused short-term treatments for children and their families. We use only evidence-based treatments, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which have been scientifically proven to work. At CECT, we continually monitor your child’s progress in order to individualize treatment and maximize gains. 

We do this by using proven assessment tools and listening closely to the children and families we work with, ensuring that everyone takes an active part in goal-setting and treatment. These careful assessments help us go far beyond a child’s diagnosis; we can focus on what the child and family hope to change. Sometimes the greatest change can come from learning a new set of skills in addition to treating the underlying issues.

One of our primary goals is to help children develop resiliency – an internal sense of stability that allows them to face the challenges of daily life. Resiliency is the ability to bounce back from a setback. It’s the sense of empowerment children have when they realize they have control over their feelings and behavior. And it’s the ability to grow and thrive.

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  • The Center for Effective Child Therapy promotes the best possible mental health of children by using scientifically proven treatments in the assessment and treatment of children and families of diverse communities.
  • We train mental health professionals in our treatment models to increase the quality of care throughout our communities.
  • We expand public awareness and inform public policy through the use of research, data and advocacy with local youth organizations.


The Center for Effective Child Therapy focuses on care that works for children by using evidence-based practices, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This means that we help children and families using effective, sustainable treatments that have withstood rigorous clinical testing. 

We measure and track results to hold ourselves accountable to children and families. Our focus on data and quantifiable measures gives us unique insight into the best ways to help children and families find – and stay on – the best course for them. 


Judge Baker Children's Center is a national leader in the research of effective and sustainable evidence-based treatments for children and young adolescents, and in the dissemination of these findings through scientific articles, books, news media, and post-doctoral education. 

Judge Baker Children's Center believes the dissemination of evidence-based treatments is a critical step in narrowing the gap between research and practice. We are working to bring the research into practice by training mental health providers in the New England area.

The Center for Effective Child Therapy's work is made possible,  in part, by the generosity of foundations, corporations, and individuals, including:

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The IAM Strong Foundation: 
The IAM Strong Foundation works to shatter the stigma associated with teen mental health issues, emphasizing the need to treat mental health issues no differently than physical health issues.