East Tennessee Pediatric Psychology
East Tennessee Children’s Hospital’s pediatric psychologists
specialize in treating emotional and behavioral problems in children through
psychological consultations, assessments, testing, and therapy. As part
of the hospital staff, our psychologists also lend their aid to a patient’s
friends and loved ones who are coping with difficult medical issues.
In pediatric psychology, therapists work one-on-one with patients to help
them learn new ways to communicate and interact with people. Children
with diagnosed behavioral or emotional problems can be difficult to talk
to or have a serious illness or pain. Our team has extensive training
dealing with children like this and know of various ways of reaching out
to them to get a dialogue going.
A New Way of Understanding Children
Children are still learning how to express themselves to the world, which
can make it difficult figuring out exactly what it is they’re trying
to say. Mental health is becoming more and more of a visible concern in
the United States. With so much information out there, it can be difficult
to tell if a child has emotional difficulties, or is just dealing with
typical childhood issues.
You child may benefit from pediatric psychology if they display any of
the following behaviors:
- Constant aggression and defiance to even the smallest suggestion
- Their behavior regularly warrants disciplinary action in school
- The child rarely speaks, even when alone with people they trust
- Babies that rarely show emotion in response to their environment
- Children that participate in self-abuse: hitting their head, punching the
No one wants their child to be mislabeled with a behavioral disorder, and
a misdiagnosis could be a major hang-up in the child’s ability to
grow. At East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, we leave no stone unturned
when diagnosing these conditions. Our knowledgeable experts expend tremendous
energy researching the child’s history and spending time with them
to fully understand their situation before rendering any diagnoses. You
and your child deserve to know exactly what’s going on with them
before any strategic treatment begins.
Care & Attention for Patients & Families
Our goal is to help both patients and their families. Family involvement
in child psychology is strongly encouraged so that both the child and
their loved ones can learn new ways to communicate with each other and
achieve a happier home life.
Additionally, our psychiatrists are available to help parents and loved
ones cope when their child is going through a difficult medical situation.
While these situations can be traumatic and stressful, speaking with a
pediatric hospital psychiatrist, who witnesses these kinds of issues every
day, can be a major source of comfort. We are happy to help you in whatever
way we can.
To contact the pediatric psychology department, please call (865) 541-8805.