Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Meridian Psychiatric Partners offers specialized mental health services for children, adolescents, and emerging-adults and their families. Recognizing the value of the early intervention, our clinicians work collaboratively with our patients, their families, pediatricians, allied health providers, and schools. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive assessment to address each individual’s presenting concern and develop appropriate treatment recommendations to support the patient’s continued growth and development.

Meridian Psychiatric Partners offers initial evaluations, ongoing medication management, individual and family therapy. Although it is our preference for patients to receive their treatment from Meridian providers to ensure close collaboration, we also work collaboratively with clinicians outside the practice. We have developed strong community connections to facilitate referrals for services not offered by our practice.

If you are seeking competent, comprehensive, and compassionate care for your child, please call our Intake Line at 312-640-7743 to make an initial appointment. We look forward to working with you.

More about our work with children and families

At the core of most child and family, therapeutic approaches are the belief that a child develops in a system of influences from parents or other family caregivers, siblings, peers, schools and other community organizations. Each part of this system can either hinder or foster a child’s development. For this reason, clinicians may want to meet with the child and parents (or caregivers) individually and with the family together. A referral for marital counseling or parent coaching may also be a recommended part of your child’s care plan. A clinician may seek permission to talk with other providers or school teachers, counselors, or administrators.

Your child’s individual therapist often acts as the coordinator and guides the family through this comprehensive approach. Individual therapy with your child is usually the primary treatment and, depending on your child’s developmental abilities, may involve the use of games, art, and play as a way of communicating in addition to talking. These methods allow the therapist to facilitate rapport, to enhance communication, and to help your child develop an improved relationship and coping skills.