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The specialists within UW Health's pediatric psychiatry program recognize the emotional challenges faced by children and adolescents, including those who have chronic illness or traumatic injury.

Our staff offers a full range of psychological services to help your child confront and cope with the difficulties common to many children. We also routinely meet with patients and families to provide the support and guidance children and families need during hospital stays.


  • Individual and group psychotherapy for children, adolescents and their families with a clinical psychologist
  • Assistance with problems such as peer or sibling relationships, low self-esteem, depression and anxiety, coping with chronic illness and behavioral or developmental difficulties
  • Assistance with management of stresses related to growing up, including communication, school and peer pressure
  • Psychological therapy and support for individuals and families
  • Family education regarding behavioral compliance and understanding and coping with illness
  • Relaxation and coping strategies to reduce pain and anxiety
  • Minimizing disruption of normal child development as a result of hospitalization
  • Supporting patient and sibling adjustments to traumatic injury or chronic illness
  • Providing support around issues of death and dying
  • Family education regarding behavioral compliance and understanding and coping with illness
  • Ongoing consultation/intervention services to support child's return to normal life after hospital stay
  • Medication management