Outpatient Services for Children & Teens
NewYork-Presbyterian provides outpatient child and adolescent psychiatry care through many programs at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, and NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center in White Plains, New York. We offer evaluations, individual psychotherapy, medication management, and support groups for children, adolescents, and family members. We also provide behavioral training for parents based on treatment needs and availability.
Hospital and Community-Based Programs at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital
The Child and Adolescent Community Clinic serves as the primary outpatient clinic for children and adolescents with a wide range of mental health concerns and disorders, including disruptive behavior disorders, anxiety, depression, ADHD, Tourette’s disorder, and developmental disorders. These services work with children and adolescents from birth through 21.
The clinic partners with patients and caregivers to best understand their child’s experience and work with families to identify and involve the critical partners in their child’s life. This often includes collaborating with a child’s school and their pediatrician or primary care doctor. Services include dyadic, individual, family, and group psychotherapy, as well as medication management. Our range of treatments includes child-parent psychotherapy (infant/parent), cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety and depression, behavioral therapies, parent-child interaction therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, parent training, interpersonal psychotherapy for depression, dialectical behavior therapy, family therapy, and cognitive behavioral intervention for tics/Tourette’s.
Many services are available in English and Spanish. Patients may also benefit from additional neuropsychological evaluation and advocacy due to the challenges related to learning and language-based disorders. For more information about the Community Clinic, please call 212-305-0924.
PROMISE at Columbia (Learning Disorders)
Thousands of New York City schoolchildren struggle with undiagnosed and untreated learning disabilities. Suffering in silence, they often develop secondary social, emotional, and behavior difficulties. The PROMISE clinic provides comprehensive evaluations for underserved children and adolescents with learning disorders to ensure a successful educational path. PROMISE works as an interdisciplinary team of neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, and education coordinators to provide a thorough assessment, accurate diagnosis, and recommendations for clinical and support services to children, families, and schools. We work closely with the parent to empower knowledge and access to the appropriate services and intervention to reduce the secondary effects of learning disorders.
For more information about PROMISE at Columbia, please call 212-342-1600.
Child & Adolescent Clinic at the Weill Cornell Medical Center
The Child & Adolescent Clinic evaluates and provides treatment for children and adolescents ages 6-18 years old who receive their primary pediatric care within the Weill Cornell and New York Presbyterian General Pediatrics system. Services include individual therapy, psychopharmacology management, behavioral parent training, and DBT skills training groups for children and adolescents with anxiety, depression, mood instability, ADHD, OCD, tic disorders and additional mental health diagnoses. The clinic is staffed by an interdisciplinary team of psychiatrists, resident psychiatrists, psychologists, and clinical social workers.
Specialty programs include:
The Secret Agent Society group therapy programming. This fun and innovative way for children ages 8-12 with diagnoses of anxiety or ADHD utilizes espionage-themed games and computer-based learning home missions to engage children in the development of social and emotion regulation skills. Children learn to make new friends and cope with bullying, identify and manage their feelings, and engage with others in appropriate ways.
The Weill Cornell Medicine Center of Excellence for Tourette Syndrome. Children receive specialized therapy and behavioral interventions treating Tourette’s and other related tic disorders.
DBT skills training group for teens struggling with anxiety or mild depression. This program teaches crucial life skills to teens and their parents; promoting the development of healthy coping skills, enhanced self-esteem while reducing depressive and anxiety symptoms. Parents will learn the same skills the teens are learning while simultaneously enhancing their relationships with their children and gaining life skills training.
The Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology’s Infant Psychiatry Program provides evaluations for children ages 0-5 experiencing various behavioral or developmental concerns.
For more information about the Child & Adolescent Clinic at Weill Cornell Medicine, please call 888-694-5700.
The Weill Cornell Pediatric OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program (POCAT) provides evaluation, psychoeducation, group therapy, individual sessions, parent sessions, and the option for medication evaluation and management. This intensive treatment program addresses OCD as well as non-OCD anxiety disorders, such as generalized anxiety, separation anxiety, selective mutism, social phobia, and other phobias.
For more information about POCAT, please call 646-962-2820.
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Westchester
The Child & Adolescent Clinic provides comprehensive diagnostic assessments, individual psychotherapy, group treatment, parent management training, and medication management, based upon individual treatment needs and availability. The program is staffed by an interdisciplinary team of psychiatrists, resident psychiatrists, psychologists, post-doctoral psychology fellows, and clinical social workers.
Evaluations occur over several sessions to determine an appropriate treatment plan for each child. All children receive a full evaluation before enrollment in any particular program to be sure it is appropriate. Primarily treatment is focused on short-term solutions to identified problems, although on occasion a child and family may need a longer-term therapy focus. When clinically indicated, a child who is enrolled in the clinic may be referred for psychological or neuropsychological testing.
Child Specialty Evaluation Clinics
Children are assessed in specialty clinics for:
- Attention deficit disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Mood and behavior disorders
- Developmental disorders
For more information about the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic, please call 914-997-5882.
The Center For Autism And The Developing Brain
The Center for Autism and the Developing Brain offers comprehensive care for individuals living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disorders of the brain.
For more information about the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain, please call 914-997-997-5848.
The College Student Program
The College Student Program at NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center works with undergraduate and graduate institutions in the tri-state area to assist with the management of students in crisis. Students receive comprehensive care utilizing the latest therapies in a secure inpatient facility. Our multidisciplinary treatment team of psychiatrists, nurses, social works, rehabilitation specialists, neurologists, and primary care doctors, conducts detailed patient evaluations. We use the evaluations to inform the individualized treatment plans we create for patients based on their unique biological and psychosocial issues. Offering a mix of psychotherapy and group skills training classes, we can help patients develop skills for everyday living and ongoing support.
The Eating Disorders Center
The Eating Disorders Center of NewYork-Presbyterian is designed to help individuals age 13 and older with eating disorders work toward recovery in a comfortable and supportive environment. The Center includes The Outlook at Westchester, an inpatient unit located on the expansive, park-like campus of the Westchester Behavioral Health Center.
For more information about the Eating Disorders Center, please call 888-694-5700.
The Youth Anxiety Center
Youth Anxiety is an under-recognized and often misdiagnosed condition. In 2013, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and its medical school affiliates — Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons — created the Youth Anxiety Center to help teens and young adults who are struggling with anxiety and related difficulties in the transition to adulthood. Our faculty contribute to this mission through state of the art research, innovations in clinical treatments, and community-focused interventions.
Please note, if this is an emergency, please dial 9-1-1 or visit your local emergency department. For free and confidential support from trained mental health professionals, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or NYC Well at 888-NYC-WELL (888-692-9355).
For more information on the comprehensive, behavioral health services we offer or to schedule a consultation, please call