Psychiatry and Psychology: Outpatient Appointments

Families may call directly to schedule an outpatient appointment. Please provide the following when calling to schedule your child for a diagnostic examination:

  • Patient name and date of birth
  • Chief concern
  • Any symptoms or clinical findings that caused the patient to visit his or her physician
  • To avoid unnecessary assessments, please bring relevant medical records and prior test results to the appointment
  • Specify whether you are calling for testing, therapy, or a possible medication evaluation appointment
  • Insurance/referral information. Pre-authorization is required by most insurance plans

When you arrive at Children's

The outpatient clinics are located at the Chase Bank building.

  • It is recommended that children above the age of five receive a brief explanation for the reason of their visit from their parent before they arrive. Statements such as "We know school has been quite difficult lately, and we are going to see someone who can help", or "we have not been getting along too well lately, and we need the advice of someone who can help so we can all do better", or "I know it has been hard to concentrate – we are going to see someone who can help us make this easier for you", usually reassures the child. It is not advisable to use the word "testing" with children, as they will undoubtedly get the wrong idea, and be unnecessarily nervous about the day. A practitioner will usually spend a few minutes with you and your child before your child is separated from you, to give the child a chance to get comfortable with our staff in your presence.
  • Parents or guardian should accompany the child.
  • If a person other than the child's guardian accompanies the child, a notarized letter from the parent authorizing this person to bring the child in for treatment will be required.
  • Parents and legal guardians will be asked to show identification.
  • If the child's guardians are divorced, please show evidence of custody before services are provided to the child.
  • Insurance will be billed and a co-payment will be collected at the time of services. Patients who choose to pay out-of-pocket will be expected to settle their bill as services are provided.

Diagnostic evaluation

Most children who come to the clinic for the first time receive a diagnostic evaluation by a psychiatrist, psychologist or a licensed professional counselor.

  • The initial evaluation will take one to two hours.
  • The purpose of this evaluation is to determine the child's diagnosis and make recommendations regarding appropriate services.

Follow-up medication appointments with a psychiatrist

  • Appointments typically last 30 minutes and may sometimes last longer.

Psychological testing

  • Before your appointment send any previous testing. This is important so that procedures are not unnecessarily repeated possibly leading to invalid results.
  • On the day of the evaluation, please be prepared to answer questions about the child's birth, development and medical history.
  • Testing usually takes six hours of direct time with the child.
  • The parent can expect to spend 60 to 90 minutes answering questions about your child's history and completing forms which will allow you to provide your observations of your child.
  • You and your child will have a break for lunch. Lunch can be purchased here or brought to the facility.
  • The temperature in our offices varies. It is helpful to bring a sweater or jacket for you and your child.
  • Time is needed to review and interpret the tests before the psychologist meets with you to report on the findings. A later appointment will be scheduled for this meeting.

Psychotherapy appointments

  • Parents are an essential part of a child's treatment and are likely to meet regularly with the therapists.
  • Sessions usually last about 45 minutes.