About Positive Development for Youth & Families

About Dr. Justin Bush

Dr. Bush earned a Ph.D. and Master’s degree at the University of Washington and Bachelor’s degree in psychology at Gonzaga University. His doctoral program was rigorous and combined the scientist-practitioner model of training to develop the knowledge and skills to understand, conduct, and apply research methodology and to utilize scientifically-based assessment and therapeutic approaches and techniques to help children and families thrive.

Dr. Bush uses a variety of treatment models to help youth succeed: cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, family systems, and solution-focused brief therapy. These therapeutic approaches focus on the present and future, emphasize that change is constant and always possible, and help youth identify important thinking habits and behaviors to change so they learn healthy ways to think, feel, and deal with life’s ups and downs before entering adulthood. Dr. Bush’s clinical approach aims to help children and adolescents develop constructive habits of mind to enhance their personal strengths and skills in the face of adversity in order to foster a greater sense of well-being, life satisfaction, and success.

Outside of private practice, Dr. Bush maintains a pediatric psychologist position at Pediatric Associations of the Northwest.  If your son or daughter receive medical care at this community-based health and behavioral health care practice, please schedule an appointment with behavioral health services by clicking the link above or by calling: 503-227-0671.

About Dr. Veronica Vázquez

Dr. Vázquez is a bilingual (Spanish/English) licensed psychologist who earned a Ph.D. at Loyola University of Chicago and a Master’s degree at the University of Louisville. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology at Purdue University. Her specialty is in testing and evaluation of children, adolescents, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. She is a certified Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) therapist  and trained in cognitive-behavioral, narrative, family systems approaches of  psychotherapy.

Our Mission Statement:

We are committed to working with children, adolescents, parents and families to help promote positive youth development.  Our work together can help everyone involved deal more effectively with family and social relationships, learning and school related demands and challenges, athletics and extracurricular activities, work, and other life responsibilities. We strive to treat each and every family with honor, dignity, and respect. We want to help support and bolster your family by providing high quality professional psychological services that build on your natural strengths and talents as a whole, and that promote resilience and positive development of your child or adolescent. Our shared goal and vision at PDYF is to collaborate with youth and families to set goals, build solutions, and promote optimal and efficient outcomes for youth and families.