Pediatric Health Psychology

A pediatric health psychologist specializes in assessing and treating the psychological aspects of chronic or acute illness. Goals of therapy often include understanding the psychological impact of a new medical diagnosis, improving children’s quality of life, increasing adherence to prescribed medical treatments, removing barriers to proper adherence, and lessening the impact of an illness on a child and family’s well being.

Our goal is to take a multidisciplinary approach to treatment. With your permission and a signed release of information, we will work collaboratively with your medical team. 

We provide pediatric health psychology services for:

  • Poor adherence to treatment regimen

  • Acceptance of new illness

  • Management of chronic pain

  • Emotional or behavioral challenges related to chronic or acute illness

  • Coping with Procedural anxiety, phobia, and pain

  • Evaluation of emotional and academic functioning

  • School avoidance

  • School advocacy

We provide psychological support for children and adolescents with:

  • Diabetes

  • Chronic Headaches and other chronic pain

  • Incontinence and Elimination Disorders

  • Complex medical and developmental History

  • Needle phobia and procedural anxiety

  • Anxiety related to food allergies

  • Conversion Disorder

  • Sickle Cell Anemia

  • Cystic Fibrosis

  • And more.