Seattle Children’s Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine team specializes in providing short-term, evidence-based care for children and teens. The services we offer to your child depend on your child’s condition, the special training and skills of our providers and the openings we have.

Services We Provide

These are our specialty clinics and programs:

    • Who we see: Children age 5 or younger who have behavior issues, anxiety, sleep problems, neurodevelopmental problems or prenatal (before birth) exposure to alcohol or drugs. We also see children who have other medical conditions along with a behavioral or emotional problem.
    • What we offer: Evaluation, treatment recommendations, individual and group training for parents, and referrals to other care and resources.
    • How to request care: You need a referral; ask your child’s primary care provider.
    • Read more about the Early Childhood Clinic.

    • Who we see: Children age 6 to 18 who have anxiety disorders such as separation anxiety, selective mutism, social anxiety, school refusal, panic disorder and specific phobias. In addition we treat obsessive-compulsive disorder and related conditions including trichotillomania, excoriation disorder and tic disorders including Tourette syndrome. We also treat children age 6 to 18 who have mood disorders including depression and bipolar disorder as well as psychotic disorders, eating disorders and gender concerns.
    • What we offer: Evaluation, treatment recommendations, short-term individual therapy for children, group treatment for children and parents, medicine and referrals to other care and resources.
    • How to request care: You need a referral; ask your child’s primary care provider.
    • Read more about the Mood and Anxiety Program.

    • Who we see: Children age 5 to 18 who have attention, learning or behavior problems.
    • What we offer: Evaluation, development of a treatment plan for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and related conditions, collaboration with the referring primary care provider (who provides ongoing care), groups for parents, groups for children, medicine consultations and evaluations, intensive summer day program in partnership with University of Washington’s Apex summer camp, follow-up consultations, second opinions and access to research studies.
    • How to request care: You need a referral; ask your child’s primary care provider.
    • Read more about PEARL.

For children who need hospital-based care, we have an inpatient unit:

    • Who we see: Children age 3 to 18 who are in crisis due to complex mental health issues. We also see people age 19 to 21 who are developmentally delayed and in crisis.
    • What we offer: Short-term care in the hospital during a crisis.
    • How to request care: Patients are admitted to the PBMU only after they come to an emergency room and providers there decide they would benefit from an inpatient stay.
    • Read more about the PBMU.

We also offer:

Our Approach to Care

Learn about our approach to care to decide if Seattle Children’s Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine is a match for your family.

  • When you call for a new-patient appointment, our schedulers will ask questions to see whether we have services and providers available that match your child’s needs. If we do not, we may suggest other resources.

  • We begin care with a thorough diagnostic evaluation to understand what is going on with your child and where it would be most helpful to receive care. We may recommend treatment at Seattle Children’s or in the community.

    Our team at Seattle Children’s provides targeted individual and group treatment using evidence-based methods to help your child meet specific goals.

    Most of our treatment plans are short term (less than 6 months). If your child needs longer-term care, we connect you with people and resources in the community who can meet your child’s needs.

  • You are an expert about your child. Our providers are experts about emotional and behavioral health and about caring for young people in partnership with their families. Together, we can help your child thrive.

    Parents play an active role in evaluation and treatment. This includes measuring your child’s behavior regularly and tracking their progress using an online system. Measuring behavior and reviewing results helps us know what is working so we can shape your child’s treatment.

  • Many children, teens and parents take part in our group treatments. In groups we teach about mental health conditions, how to cope with challenging emotions and situations and how to change behavior. Groups show children and teens they are not alone, give parents valuable support and allow us to serve more families. Learn more about group treatments.

  • Depending on your child’s needs, they may see a psychiatrist, psychologist, mental health therapist or psychiatric nurse practitioner on our team or a psychiatrist- or psychologist-in-training who is highly qualified and supervised by our experts. All are trained in the specific needs of children and teens.

The Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine team also provides services through Seattle Children’s Autism Center, the Eating Disorders Program and the Gender Clinic.

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