Child, Adolescent & Family
St Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute recognizes mental health issues can affect people of all ages. We provide quality behavioral health care services for children and adolescents ages 2 to young adults and their families. We have staff members that specialize in children’s and teens’ mental health issues. Our approach to effective care requires consideration of the individual’s biological, behavioral, intellectual, emotional and spiritual needs.
In order to receive help, the first step is to contact our Intake Coordinator.
For our Macklind office, call 314-289-9411 or 877-245-2688.
For our West County office, call 636-532-9188.
For our Belleville, Illinois office, call 618-825-0051.
Children and adolescents may encounter problems that interfere with their growth and psychological development. Children mental health and teenage mental health problems are typically multifaceted and their treatment may require more than a single approach. At the Institute we work together as a multidisciplinary team to address the needs of children and their families. The team includes psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, dietitians and other healthcare professionals.
We provide assessment and treatment for a variety of conditions including childhood anxiety disorders, eating disorders, autism spectrum, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), childhood stress and depression.
How We Can Help
St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute believes effective treatment begins with a careful assessment of the needs and strengths of the individual, as well as understanding the family and social environment of the child or adolescent. Our goal is to gain an appreciation for the unique characteristics of the child in order to design an individualized treatment approach.
It is expected that parents and guardians will be actively involved in all stages of treatment. The extent and nature of involvement will depend upon the age of the child and the nature of the disorder being treated. Parents can often notice progress that is being made in the child’s daily life that will help guide therapy.
Child and Adolescent Services FAQs
What do I do if my child refuses to get help or won’t admit there’s a problem?
Sometimes children find it too difficult to talk to a mental health professional. They may also misinterpret their parent’s caring decision to get them help as proof they are “crazy” or “weird” or just don’t fit in. Children may worry the symptoms are unusual and going to see a therapist sometimes adds to their apprehension initially. A few children are too frightened to admit they have a problem at all. It is therefore not surprising that some children refuse to engage in treatment. In these situations, it is often the parents or other family members who need to seek guidance, at least in the beginning. An experienced professional can counsel patents on how to deal with a child that cannot acknowledge or refuses to seek help for a problem.