Uram Family Therapy

Down Syndrome

Michael Uram, MA, LMFT, LPCC is a dually licensed psychotherapist that specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Collaborative Problem Solving. He has adapted these theories to treat developmental disorders based on the best available literature, due to a lack of research in the area.

Michael uses Dennis McGuire and Brian Chicoine’s book “Mental Wellness in Adults with Down Syndrome: A Guide to Emotional and Behavioral Strengths and Challenges” for a guide to a comprehensive Bio-Psycho-Social approach to treating the mental health symptoms of Down Syndrome. In addition, Michael has noticed that approaches like Applied Behavioral Analysis devalue intrinsic motivation, which decreases compliance and increases depression in some individuals diagnosed with Down Syndrome.

When working with the individual and their family or caregivers, he uses the Collaborative Problem Solving approach first developed by Ross Greene and Stuart Ablon at their clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Michael is the only private practice clinician in Orange County that has completed the Tier II training in this method, as well as the only clinician, likely on the West Coast, that has successfully applied this method to individuals diagnosed with Down Syndrome.

For more information on Collaborative Problem Solving: thinkkids.org
For more information on the author of the book, Dennis McGuire, PhD, LCSW and Brian Chicoine, MD: https://www.globaldownsyndrome.org/our-story/staff/dennis-mcguire/ and https://www.globaldownsyndrome.org/programs-conferences-grants/conferences/global-down-syndrome-educational-series/global-down-syndrome-educational-series-survey-results/