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Pediatric primary care psychologists are here for any child that may need help working through emotional or behavioral problems. These problems may or may not be related to a medical problem.

We can help with everyday problems, too, such as eating healthy, taking medicine, toilet training challenges and more.

Outpatient clinical psychology services may include evaluation and treatment of mental and behavioral health concerns, such as common behavioral problems, mood (e.g., anxiety and depression), attention and/or learning concerns. 

These services may include individual child and family-based therapy, psychological assessment, and behavioral management services for parents/guardian or other family members. 

Services

Psychology Clinic


Psychology care providers offer outpatient services in the Psychology Clinic for children, adolescents, and their families needing assistance with:

  • Assessment and intervention for coping and adjustment to chronic or acute medical conditions including anxiety and depression related to medical conditions
  • Promotion of positive health behaviors such as lifestyle changes, good sleep habits, and regular school attendance following chronic illness diagnosis
  • Adherence to medical regimens, including medications, nutrition, exercise and other therapies
  • Pain management interventions including biofeedback and relaxation training for pain conditions and anxiety disorders related to medical conditions
  • Psychoeducational testing for children with suspected learning disabilities

What to expect during your child's initial evaluation

During your child’s initial evaluation session(s), you will have the opportunity to discuss your concerns with the psychology provider and develop a working treatment plan which may include any further testing/assessment, recommendations, and/or referrals for any other needed resources. 

Psychology consultation and liaison services


The pediatric psychology team also provides consultation services to children who are currently in the hospital. Pediatric psychologists assess psychosocial concerns and provide appropriate intervention. Psychological interventions may address:

  • Coping and adjustment
  • Developmentally appropriate understanding of diagnosis and treatment
  • Pain management
  • Procedural distress
  • Grief
  • Traumatic stress
  • Other emotional or behavioral difficulties

Pediatric psychologists may serve as liaisons between the medical provider and patient or family to better enhance communication and facilitate understanding.

For some children—such as those newly diagnosed with cancer, those with burn injuries, sickle cell disease or are in our physical rehabilitation unit—a pediatric psychologist is automatically consulted during their admissions as part of comprehensive care. 

Pediatric psychologists may continue to follow patients on an outpatient basis through medical specialty clinics or in the Psychology Clinic.

Partnering with your primary care provider


Children with medical problems can also have emotional, behavioral or social problems. It is helpful to understand how these problems affect each other so they can be addressed.

Children's Mercy provides care through an integrated primary care model. This means a pediatric primary care psychologist can help you and your primary care provider (PCP) make a plan and set goals.

A pediatric primary care psychologist can:

  • Be present during appointments with your child’s PCP, when needed
  • Answer questions you have about parenting, health, behavior, feelings, learning, or school
  • Help your child’s PCP better understand your concerns, so you can get answers to your questions
  • Provide therapy for concerns, when needed. If you and the psychologist decide your child needs extra help, he or she will make helpful referrals

Conditions

Assessment and intervention for these conditions in our outpatient clinical psychology setting:

  • Anxiety
  • Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Behavior problems
  • Depression
  • Developmental disorders
  • Feeding disorders
  • Learning problems

Pediatric psychology services

  • Pain management
  • Psychosocial intervention for chronic and acute medical conditions