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Developmental, Behavioral & Mental Health

Modern and proven treatments and therapies in a nurturing environment

Child and Adolescent Services & Providers

Children and young people are special, with unique needs and concerns. The doctors and care providers at UTMB Health understand them, and we can help when something is amiss. Our caring mental health specialists offer state-of-the-art treatment and therapies in a nurturing environment. Let us work with your family to overcome the problems that may be keeping your child or teenager from blossoming during their critical developmental years. Let's begin the healing. We offer a range of services including:

  • Evaluation and Diagnosis
  • Medication Management
  • Therapy

At UTMB Health, you have a choice

Mental and behavioral health services for children and adolescents are provided by different types and teams of professionals and in different settings, based on a child or adolescent's needs and circumstances. They include:

Meet the Team

Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers and Counselors

UTMB psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and counselors work together to help your child or young person overcome challenges and begin healing. This team offers care for the following types of conditions:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD, ADD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
  • Behaviors that contribute to chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or high blood pressure
  • Bipolar disorder (Manic-Depressive Illness)
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Depression
  • Disruptive mood
  • Dysregulation disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • HIV/AIDS and mental health
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Sleep problems
  • Substance use/abuse and mental health
  • Suicide prevention
  • Traumatic events, stressful life situations or crises, loss or grief


Developmental and Behavioral Health Pediatricians and Advance Practice Providers

Our board-certified, behavioral/developmental team provides behavioral evaluation and treatment for children and adolescents and their families.

Our services include, but are not limited to, the diagnosis and treatment of:

  • ADHD and related symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, learning problems, and habit problems 
    • The ADHD Tune-up is for the ADHD patient who has been diagnosed and is under treatment, but not doing as well as expected. We will optimize therapy in already diagnosed patients and review in detail the risk or presence of un-diagnosed co-morbid conditions.
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Irritability and aggression
  • Language delay
  • Performance anxiety
  • Unexplained abdominal pain

Treatment consists of a balanced approach, including medicines, behavioral advice, parenting strategies and school recommendations. Special techniques such as biofeedback, hypnosis and relaxation training are recommended in selected cases.

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Pediatric Psychologists and Mental Health Counselors

Our licensed psychologists and mental health counselors provide assessment and treatment, including individual and family therapy for emotional and behavioral problems. We tailor treatment to the patient and family, providing evidence-based therapies as appropriate: e.g., cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma-informed therapy, and relationship-based therapy.

All services are available for children and youth from ages two to twenty-one, addressing a variety of needs including:

  • Adjustment to chronic illness
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Non-compliance
  • Psychological, psychoeducational, and neuropsychological assessment services
  • Sleep problems
  • Temper tantrums
  • Traumatic events, stressful life situations or crises, loss or grief


Family Therapists & Counselors at Family Medicine Clinics

Parents and patients at our Family Medicine clinics in Dickinson, Galveston Island East and Galveston Island West can speak to their primary care provider about seeing one of our family therapists, licensed social workers or counselors for mental health services.

This team provides assistance for the following needs:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Behaviors that contribute to chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or high blood pressure
  • Depression
  • Family Counseling
  • Sleep Problems
  • Stress-related physical symptoms
  • Traumatic events, stressful life situations or crises, loss or grief