Everyone on the Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine team at Seattle Children’s is specially trained to understand and meet the specific needs of children and adolescents. Our pediatric experts tailor care to your child’s age and developmental stage to protect your child’s health now and as they continue to grow.

Types of Providers You May See

  • A health professional with a master’s degree who diagnoses and treats mental health issues that affect a child’s thoughts, emotions or behavior. There are several types of licensed master’s-level therapists in Washington, including licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), licensed independent social worker (LISW) and licensed mental health therapist. They all provide diagnostic evaluation and therapy.

  • A registered nurse with advanced training and education in psychiatry. They practice independently and work closely with doctors to diagnose, treat and teach patients and families about mental health issues that affect a child’s thoughts, emotions or behavior. Nurse practitioners are also called advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs).

  • A medical doctor who diagnoses and treats mental health issues that affect a child’s thoughts, emotions or behavior. The doctor may provide medicine evaluations, prescribe medicine and can help a child talk through problems (psychotherapy). An attending psychiatrist directs a child’s care and supervises psychiatry residents and fellows (licensed doctors who are training in the specialty of psychiatry).

  • A medical doctor who has finished adult psychiatry residency and now is training in the specialty of child and adolescent psychiatry. An attending psychiatrist directs a child’s care and supervises psychiatry fellows for all clinical work.

  • A medical doctor who is training in the specialty of psychiatry. An attending psychiatrist directs a child’s care and supervises psychiatry residents for all clinical work.

  • A health professional who diagnoses and treats mental health issues that affect a child’s thoughts, emotions or behavior. A psychologist draws from science to treat problems with evidence based talking and behavioral therapy. Psychologists are also trained in administering and interpreting psychological tests (like cognitive tests and questionnaires). A psychologist has a doctoral degree (PhD or PsyD) in the study of the mind and behavior (psychology) rather than in the study of medicine. For this reason, they do not prescribe medicine.

  • A health professional who has earned a PhD or PsyD degree (doctorate) in psychology, has finished an internship and now is completing advanced training. A licensed psychologist supervises psychology fellows for all clinical work.

  • A doctoral-level psychology graduate student who is completing a residency – one of the requirements to graduate and become a licensed psychologist. A licensed psychologist supervises psychology residents for all clinical work.