Pediatric Psychiatry

At Mount Sinai Psychiatry, our goal is to work closely with your child and your family to enhance the emotional well-being and behavioral success of all your family members. We use advanced, evidence-based, and traditional psychotherapies; psychopharmacologic interventions; and psychological/psycho-educational evaluations. In addition, our dedicated doctors conduct research and training to ensure that we provide the most sensitive and comprehensive care possible.

We help children and adolescents learn to:

  • Enhance emotional health and well-being
  • Improve behaviors and self-control
  • Increase focus and organizational skills
  • Develop social skills
  • Cope with stress
  • Heal from traumatic stress

At the same time, we assist parents with:

  • Understanding your child’s emotional and behavioral health needs
  • Improving your relationship and communication with your child
  • Enhancing and supporting your ability to care for your child

While our pediatric psychiatrists do not specifically treat substance abuse, autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, or learning disabilities, we can refer you to the right health care professionals who can help you and your child with these issues.

We use two types of diagnostic tools to evaluate your child:

  • Psychiatric evaluations focus on biology and the chemistry of the brain (neurochemistry).
  • Psychological testing focuses on behavior, such as sleep and eating patterns and negative thoughts. It also assesses how your child functions emotionally and cognitively and looks at your child’s academic achievement.

Treatments Available

Mount Sinai offers a range of clinical services, using a variety of child- and family-friendly techniques and methods. Individual psychotherapy employs psychodynamic, relational, and cognitive-behavioral approaches; family therapy uses family systems and attachment theories; and psychotherapy applies a mix of psychodynamic, relational, and cognitive-behavioral approaches. In addition, we offer several therapy groups:

  • Children’s Social Skills Groups help young children learn sharing, caring, friendships, and sportsmanship in a safe and fun way. We teach these skills through games, activities, role play, and exercises.
  • Pre-Adolescent and Adolescent Boys and Girls Groups help pre-adolescent and adolescent boys and girls learn to cope better with the stresses in their personal lives and in their families. The teens provide support for each other and learn important friendship skills in a safe and confidential setting.
  • Parenting Support Groups give caregivers the opportunity to share personal experiences and practical advice about raising children and managing the stress of parenting children with emotional issues.

Why Choose Mount Sinai

At Mount Sinai, we pride ourselves on adhering to four pillars in guiding how we care for you and your family:

  • Putting families first, realizing that families are the foundation to a child’s well-being. When families are happy, children are happy.
  • Being culturally competent, valuing and respecting diversity, and appreciating the effect of social and environmental pressures. We ourselves come from diverse backgrounds and speak many languages. We also provide interpretation services for foreign languages and American Sign Language.
  • Working as a multidisciplinary team, including psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers. Using a variety of clinical approaches, we ensure that we evaluate your child and your family thoroughly and treat you with the utmost respect. We are committed to continuous improvement and training.
  • Being actively involved in the community, because we know that the community supports the family. We work with our local community and other agencies so that we can coordinate services as a coherent team.