Youth Psychology Services
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Youth Psychological Services & Pediatric Care, Under One Roof.
Pinecone Pediatrics has partnered with Priscilla Lee and Rocky Mountain Psychological Services 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. Priscilla Lee, means that patients at our clinic will receive the highest quality of care, all under one roof.
Learn more about common pediatric psychology topics:
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 Priscilla 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. For this reason Pinecone has partnered with RMPS to provide assessments.
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 Priscilla 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.
Learn More or Book an Assessment with RMPS
Book your assessments with Rocky Mountain Psychological Services
Pathfinding: Who's on Your team?
Psychologists are regulated health care professionals who can assess, diagnose and provide psychotherapeutic treatment for mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, stress, grief, addictions and ADHD among others. In Alberta, Registered Psychologists must have at least a Masters in De psychology. Some psychologists specialize in specific assessments for conditions like autism or learning disabilities. Other psychologists will have extra training for specific forms of psychotherapy. Psychologists are able to refer to psychiatrists. Psychology services are not covered by AHCIP. Some subsidized services can be accessed through Access Mental Health and most private insurance companies will cover some of the cost of services by registered psychologists.