Youth Psychology Services
Book a meet-and-greet with our team, schedule an assesment, and learn more about our youth psychological services
Youth Psychological Services & Pediatric Care, Under One Roof.
Pinecone Pediatrics has partnered with Registered Psychologists to provide more comprehensive care to patients and families
Our goal is to provide all of our patients with access to the professional, compassionate care that they require. Mental health challenges can present as a result of physical health issues, can cause physical health issues, or exist independantly. Pediatricians are often able to diagnose and help patients manage many common mental health challenges in addition to physical health challenges. In some cases, additional support from a trained Psychologist is required to improve the quality of care a patient is receiving. Using a team-based approach that combines the skillsets of our Pediatric Doctors with those of our in-house Psychologist, Mrs. Esther Groen, means that patients at our clinic will receive the highest quality of care, all under one roof.
Pathfinding: Accessing Therapy and Pyschological services
Self Referral for Therapy Services at Pinecone Pediatrics
There are 2 ways to get started: you can self refer for therapy services with Esther by contacting the clinic by phone, or using the link below.
Referral to Pinecone Pediatrics by Your GP
If your family physician sends a referral to Pinecone Pediatrics, you will meet with one of our pediatricians or nurse practitioner who will develop a better understanding of your struggles.
Help us understand what you're struggling with or what you're worried about
Either way, your care team will meet with your family and work to develop an understanding of what is causing distress or dysfunction for your child. This usually involves simultaneously working on a diagnosis and treatment plan.
Through history taking and using screening tools, your pediatrician is usually able to diagnose common mental health conditions like ADHD, anxiety and depression. Occasionally they may need support with assessment from a psychologist, for example with learning disabilities or in some cases of autism. Your pediatrician will be able to go over options for obtaining an assessment with you.
Our goal is to restore wellness and function for your child in their usual context(s).
- Your care team will address lifestyle factors that interfere with your child's feeling of thriving.
- Therapy is useful to manage distress even before a clear diagnosis is made.
- Medications are sometimes needed to support the healing and recovery process. A diagnosis is usually required in these cases.
- We will constantly review your progress and the diagnosis to make sure the care plan is the most appropriate for your child.
- With mental health course corrections are common!
Book your complimentary 15-minute virtual meet-and-greet with Esther now!
When Are Assessments Required?
Assessments can be the beginning of a care plan: some children arrive at Pinecone with completed psychoeducational assessments. They can be at the middle: some parents want to arrive at a diagnosis more quickly, want more detail or want more personalized recommendations. Sometimes your pediatrician will recommend assessments much later, particularly if your child is not progressing from their care as we would hope.
When Do Doctors Recommend Assessments?
- In all cases of giftedness, learning disabilities or intellectual disability.
- If they haven't been able to arrive to a clear diagnosis.
- For a second opinion about the diagnosis.
- In some cases of autism.
- In some more complex cases.
The assessments can rarely be done by your child's school. Otherwise assessments are done by private psychology offices and are not covered by Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan.
The result of an assessment is usually diagnostic clarity on mental health diagnoses like ADHD, anxiety, depression, autism and learning disabilities. The report of the assessment also includes highly personalized recommendations to help your child thrive.
Pathfinding: Who's on Your team?
Youth Mental Health Resources - Click on a topic to learn more and see our handouts!
I am looking for therapy
Pinecone Pediatrics has partnered with Esther Groen to provide on-site, coordinated therapy services for patients and families
I am looking for assessment
Your pediatrician will have more information about how and where to get a psychoeducational assessment.