Pediatric Therapy Services

Mental Health is Part of Healthcare

Growing up is tough, and it changes every day. Kids don’t arrive with a complete tool kit of coping skills and stress management techniques. They also typically don’t have the perspective to recognize when the tools they do have aren’t serving them.

Individual therapy and group classes can help kids and teens develop new tools to manage everyday situations so they can grow and thrive. Our team of pediatric therapists works closely with our pediatricians to provide comprehensive care for your whole child.

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Mental Health is the fastest-growing need in children’s health

We’re here to help, with individual counseling, group counseling, behavioral therapy, and more.

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Anxiety

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health struggles kids and teens face. Happily, there are a lot of strategies for working through and overcoming various kinds of anxiety.

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Depression

For parents, depression is one of the most difficult things to watch a child battle. Working closely with your child’s pediatrician, we can identify the right blend of resources, interventions, and even medications.

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ADHD

Attention disorders can make everyday life more challenging for both kids and parents. Counseling can arm kids with new tools and strategies that help—with or without prescribed medication.

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Classes & Group Therapy

Individualized therapy and counseling is just one of an array of tools for helping kids and teens. Group classes are valuable for helping kids, tweens, and teens learn from one another’s experiences and feel less alone in their challenges.

See Our Team of Pediatric Therapists

With Medical, Counseling, and Oral Health Specialists, we are your child’s comprehensive medical home.

Candace Basile, LCSW

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Mandi Biesinger, LCSW

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Kathleen Elms, LCSW

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Tiffany Grimes, CSW

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Haley Hawkins, CSW

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Latifah Henry, LCSW

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Wendy Hernandez, CSW

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Jess Hooks, CSW

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Parent Feedback

I started bringing my son here as a newborn 10 years ago, now I bring my 8 month old. Everyone is amazing and they are all phenomenal. All the providers are exceptional. If our primary pediatrician can’t see us for a sick visit, they always get us in with someone else that we adore- we have never been let down. All the providers have always made me feel heard and they are great with my kids. I ALWAYS recommend Families First to my friends and any new moms.

—Melissa Barkell.

More Than Counseling

Not only do we offer in-house counseling resources, we can help manage and monitor your child’s medications more closely than when counseling and medical care happen in isolation.

Our counselors work with in-house Pediatricians and Mental Health Nurse Practitioners to offer integrated care that produces healthier, happier kids and parents.

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Pediatric Therapy Questions & Answers

Our therapists see patients referred to them by a Families First pediatric provider. There may be a waitlist, but our therapy practices are open.

Our therapists accept most commercial insurance plans. However, we are currently not contracted with Medicaid or Managed Medicaid. Please verify your child’s mental health coverage with your insurance carrier. You are responsible for knowing your plan’s mental health benefits and coverage.

Our current wait time for scheduling new patients is around 12 weeks. We are working diligently to bring on additional pediatric therapists to shorten the waiting period for all patients in need of mental health services.

Our mental health therapists work alongside our other pediatric specialists to help manage medications. Our therapists don’t prescribe medications, but one of our Pediatric providers or our Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners may.

Yes, the therapist conducting your intake assessment will typically be the therapist your child then sees for each visit.