It takes a special set of skills to provide mental health services to children and adolescents. At Auburn Psychological Wellness Center, several of our providers specialize in services for children and adolescents. Check out each of our services below and then visit our provider profiles to learn more.
At APWC, we can provide counseling to children as young as age five. Sessions with young children may involve play-like activities that help children express their thoughts and feelings, as well as learn new coping skills. Sessions may also include parent(s) or caregiver(s) for part of the session. For older children and adolescents, their privacy becomes more important. Involvement of other family members in counseling sessions will depend on clinical need and the client’s preferences. Boundaries on what will be shared and what will be kept private can be discussed in the first session and will be revisited as needed. Ms. Tikishia Ferrell sees clients age 5 and up. Dr. Alfredo Palacios typically sees clients age 12 and up because he is a telehealth-only provider (video sessions), but he is trained to work with children of all ages.
At APWC, we offer psychological assessment to clients age 8 and up. Psychological assessment is helpful when children are having learning difficulties in school or if you need to clarify mental health diagnoses to inform treatment options. We offer testing for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and general mental health concerns. We do not offer testing specifically to diagnose autism spectrum disorder in children, but can work with children and adolescents who are on the autism spectrum and need additional assessment. Dr. Evelyn Hunter and Dr. Marilyn Cornish provide assessment to clients age 8 and up.
We offer psychiatry services to children and adolescents. Dr. Erica Kierce Ramey offers these services, which you may seek if you think medication could be helpful to treat your child’s mental health concerns. Please note that Dr. Kierce Ramey does not prescribe substances with a high potential for abuse or dependence. The most common medications in this group for children and adolescents are stimulants to treat ADHD. Dr. Kierce Ramey would be happy to discuss safer alternatives for managing symptoms related to ADHD.