A child psychologist or a child psychiatrist is a mental health expert with advanced training in helping children and teens with emotional and behavioral problems. Nemours’ pediatric psychology and psychiatry health team provides outpatient consultation to young people dealing with the stress of a chronic medical condition, anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. We also provide consultation for children admitted for medical and/or surgical care who may also be experiencing emotional and/or mental health issues. (Please note: We are not an inpatient psychiatric treatment facility for children or teens.)
Nemours’ pediatric mental health experts have advanced training in helping children and teens with emotional and behavioral problems. Most locations also offer pediatric neuropsychology services — which looks at how medical conditions can affect thinking. To ensure your child gets the high quality of care and support needed, our pediatric psychology and psychiatry team partners with other providers and agencies in your community.
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Every parent wants their child to grow up healthy, confident, happy and well-behaved. But sometimes the mounting pressures of just being a kid can be too much for your child, and can result in emotional or behavioral problems. At Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville, our pediatric psychology and psychiatry team is specially trained to help children and their families cope with life's struggles.
Our team of mental and behavioral health experts includes:
- Child psychologist (also called pediatric psychologist): is a licensed mental health professional with a doctorate degree, who specializes in the study of childhood development as it relates to behaviors and emotions. While pediatric psychologists don’t prescribe medications, they can help monitor the effects of medication therapy on your child.
- Child psychiatrist (also called pediatric psychiatrist): is a medical doctor with advanced training in preventing, diagnosing and treating mental illness. In addition to psychotherapy, a child psychiatrist may prescribe medication therapy when necessary.
- Advanced nurse practitioner (ARNP): a nurse with specialized training in the therapy and medication management of children and teens with mental health issues.
Our experts provide outpatient consultation at the clinic and inpatient care at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, one of the many health providers we partner with to extend our care.
When your child is referred to our pediatric psychology and psychiatry team we’ll gather information from a comprehensive assessment, similar to an interview with you and your child. This information helps a pediatric psychiatrist or psychologist caring for your child understand the issues your child is experiencing, and to make an accurate diagnosis.
Also, we'll ask you, your child's teacher(s), school administrators and others who have daily interaction with your child, to complete screening questionnaires.
From the information we gather, we'll create a treatment plan for your child that considers your child's status and functioning in the following areas:
- cognitive (the way your child thinks, speaks and remembers)
Our focus is finding solutions to help your child and your family. We offer individual and family therapy, medication therapy and/or behavior modification therapy to address a wide spectrum of mental health and behavioral disorders such as coping with a chronic illness and promoting healthy behaviors.
Also, we’ll work with you, your child’s teachers, school and community health care providers (including your pediatrician and other Nemours specialists your child may see) to develop a treatment plan just for your child.
Feeling sick a lot can be overwhelming for children, not to mention being admitted to the hospital. Your child may feel depressed or anxious about upcoming procedures, even confused about treatment for a medical condition. We’ll work with your child’s medical care team, providing consultation and education about the relationship between physical illness and psychological distress.
Some of the medical conditions we can help provide consultation and treatment with include:
- gastrointestinal disorders
- eating disorders
- sickle cell disease
- feeding disorders
- cardiac conditions
No matter where your child receives care at Nemours, your medical team (including your primary care provider) can access your child’s medical history, test results and visit notes anytime through our award-winning electronic health record system.
You can also view parts of your child's health records, communicate with your Nemours care team, make appointments, request prescription refills and more through our MyNemours online patient portal.
Family-Centered Care at Nemours
Whatever challenges your family is facing, our Nemours specialists will do whatever it takes to give your child the very best, most comprehensive and compassionate care available.
And in everything we do, we value your involvement as a key member of the care team. After all, who knows your child better than you? We want you and your family to be an active participant in the decision-making, care and healing process. That’s what we call family-centered care.