Children & Adolescents

Children and adolescents frequently experience emotional and/or behavioral problems that can interfere with development and functioning. In fact many adult illnesses, including mood and anxiety disorders, first appear in childhood. Children can present with difficulties related to numerous areas of their life including school, family and social relationships, and these areas often interact with each other. We understand the complex interplay between these domains of a child’s life and the need to take a holistic and developmentally informed view when assessing a child’s presenting issues. Early identification and treatment of childhood emotional and behavioral problems can prevent years of difficulty and accumulated dysfunction. The Weill Cornell Psychiatry Specialty Center provides expert diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of disorders affecting children and adolescents. Our center specializes in evaluation and treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), disruptive behaviors, school related issues, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), tic disorders, and difficulties with life transitions (i.e. divorce, graduation). Our team of expert psychiatrists, psychologists, neuropsychologists and licensed clinical social workers use the most up to date evidence-based approaches available, tailoring your child’s treatment to their specific needs. We work closely as a team and collaborate with external providers (i.e. pediatricians, nutritionists, occupational therapists, outside therapists). Treatment providers at the Specialty Center are happy to communicate with the child’s school and advocate for appropriate supports and services. Services for children and adolescents offered at the Specialty Center include individual psychotherapy, family therapy, group therapy, neuropsychological and educational testing, and medication management. Short-term and long-term intensive outpatient treatment options are also available.