Behavioral Health

Helping families cope with stress, anxiety and a variety of emotional and behavioral concerns in children and teens.

Behavioral Health Therapists can help kids and families cope with stress and a variety of emotional and behavioral issues. Sometimes children, like adults, can benefit from therapy. Many children and teens need help dealing with academic stress, such as homework, test anxiety, bullying, or peer pressure.

Others may need guidance to explore and process their feelings about family issues. This is especially helpful where there are major transitions such as a divorce, a move, or serious illness. Behavioral health counseling can also be beneficial for children dealing with significant life stressors, developmental concerns, mood imbalances, or clinical mental health disorders.

If your child suddenly seems withdrawn, worried, stressed, sulky, or tearful, he or she might have an emotional or behavioral problem, or could need help coping with a difficult life event. Trust your instincts to offer extra support, such as helping your child or teen connect with a counselor.

Call for program information at 828-670-8056.

Asheville Child and Teen Pediatric Counselor

Behavioral Health Services

Helping Children & Families to find balance in the world around them through therapy.

Behavioral Health Services cover a wide range of interventions aimed at improving a child or family’s overall emotional well-being. Interventions range from family therapy, parent training, or individual therapy for a child or adolescent. At Carolina Pediatric Therapy, you and your family will act as partners with our therapists in creating a treatment plan that best fits your child or family’s needs. Our clinicians are trained in various treatment models (cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused, positive psychology, or mindfulness-based), as well as evidence-based treatments (treatments supported by positive research outcomes), including Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) or Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Referral Process
At Carolina Pediatric Therapy, you or your doctor can call to request therapy services for your child. We will verify contact information, and secure a day and time that work best for your family to schedule an appointment. If there are no appointments available to schedule immediately, we will offer to place your child’s name on a Priority List for Behavioral Health services, which allows our team to contact you once there is an available appointment. In order to complete your child’s chart, we will also ask for insurance information and see whether a doctor’s order is necessary.

What to Expect
Prior to starting behavioral health services, you and your child will schedule an initial evaluation with one of our clinicians. Typically, evaluations can take about 90 minutes and are scheduled during the earlier part of the day. This session will focus largely on asking you and your child about the presenting concern, as well as cover previous developmental, medical, and educational history. If your child has had any previous psychological evaluations or psychoeducational testing, bringing a copy of their previous reports can be very helpful. Following the initial evaluation, the clinician will share their diagnostic summary and provide recommendations on what might be best regarding your child or family’s specific needs. At that point, you and your family can decide what you’d like to do with the recommendations.

A behavioral health emergency is an immediate/imminent threat of harm to ones self or others which would likely result in 911 being contacted, mobile crisis, and/or having the client evaluated at the nearest emergency room.

If this is a Medical Emergency, dial 911 immediately.

Areas that Behavioral Health Therapist can assist:

  • Learning or attention problems (such as ADHD)
  • Behavioral problems (such as excessive anger, acting out, bedwetting or eating disorders)
  • A significant drop in grades, particularly if your child normally maintains high grades
  • Bereavement
  • Episodes of sadness, tearfulness, or depression
  • Social withdrawal or isolation
  • Being the victim of bullying or bullying other children
  • Decreased interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Overly aggressive behavior (such as biting, kicking, or hitting)
  • Sudden changes in appetite (particularly in adolescents)
  • Insomnia or increased sleepiness
  • Excessive school absenteeism or tardiness
  • Mood swings (e.g., happy one minute, upset the next)
  • Development of or an increase in physical complaints (such as headache, stomachache, or not feeling well) despite a normal physical exam by your doctor
  • Management of a serious, acute, or chronic illness
  • Signs of alcohol, drug, or other substance use (such as solvents or prescription drug abuse)
  • Problems in transitions (following separation, divorce, or relocation)
  • Therapy following sexual, physical, or emotional abuse or other traumatic events
  • Developmental delay in speech, language, or toilet training

Range Of Services Provided

Helping Children & Families to find balance in the world around them through therapy.

Family Health
Our team of clinicians view the family as the most influential tool for helping a child. Our counseling approach promotes the health of the entire family, which ultimately influences the health of the child. In order to promote optimal family health, our clinicians utilize a family systems approach, which emphasizes the importance for each family member to foster healthy relationships with each other for the benefit of the child. Our clinicians utilize various models of family therapy to meet this goal for each client. In addition, clinicians strive to connect families with the community supports they need. Our clinicians are knowledgeable to community resources and organizations that may be of benefit to the family.

Toddler/Preschool Age
Promoting positive early development is essential for healthy outcomes with children. At Carolina Pediatric Therapy, our clinicians are available to assist in promoting optimal and healthy development for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Whether concerns are present regarding the development of coping strategies or challenges around disruptive or challenging behaviors, our clinicians partner with parents and caregivers to provide tools in supporting a healthy development your child. Our clinicians have training and experience in the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) as well as other developmentally appropriate programs aimed at promoting positive development for toddlers and preschool aged children.

School Age
Navigating childhood and early adolescence comes with excitement and every day challenges. While for some children, managing the multiple demands and challenges of school, friends, and family can be easy, for other children, it can further create challenges with managing mood, behavior, and relationships. Our team of clinicians is trained to provide children and adolescents with tools and strategies to increase their awareness of emotions and determine healthy ways to cope with stressors that come up in day to day life. Clinicians at Carolina Pediatric Therapy often rely on integrating multiple therapy approaches (i.e. cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, dialectical behavioral therapy) to meet the individual child’s current concerns. While treatment largely focuses on providing the child or early adolescent with skills, our clinicians also value the importance of providing parents with education and training on how to best support their child in successfully implementing skills across different settings.

Being a teenager is hard. There are pressures coming from all different angles, including (but not limited to) school performance, peers, family, and the future. Managing these demands, while also figuring out who a teenager would like to be, can be stressful. At Carolina Pediatric Therapy, our clinicians enjoy empowering teenagers with skills and tools that build on their strengths as they navigate the teenage years. Clinicians focus on using various models of therapy (i.e cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness) to best meet the individual’s needs and set the teenager up for success. Often this includes a delicate balance of including parents and family members when appropriate.

Psychological Testing
If you are noticing that your child is struggling with achieving goals, completing tasks within a specific time or having difficulty with school tasks, psychological or psychoeducational testing might be a good fit. Psychological and psychoeducational testing can be helpful in that it gathers information from various sources (i.e. observations, interviews, standardized testing, school records) to gain a comprehensive understanding of your child’s strengths and weaknesses. This can be helpful in determining an accurate and appropriate diagnosis. One of the most helpful outcomes of psychological or psychoeducational testing is the formal final written report which includes recommendations tailored to your child’s or adolescent’s specific needs.