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Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Helping Young People Thrive Mentally and Emotionally

At Luvita, our aim is to help young people flourish in all areas of their lives. That’s why we take an integrative, evidence-based approach to their mental health, getting to know each child as an individual.

Childhood and adolescence are challenging times. Many young people can experience stress and confusion at home, at school, or with their peers. They might also face challenges such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, body dysmorphia, anger issues, behavioral issues, identity confusion, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, or substance abuse.

Our caring Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), Ashley Cooper, specializes in identifying mental health issues in children and adolescents and then working out a tailored treatment plan that’s right for them.

The plan may include:

  • Brief, focused individual or family psychotherapy (or both)
  • Nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle plans
  • Cognitive approaches such as CBT
  • Genetic, brain, and metabolic testing
  • Medications, if necessary

Ashley sees children and adolescents from ages 7-17. She strives to build a foundation of compassion and trust where her patients and their loved ones feel safe, supported, and understood. She takes her time getting to know each child and will focus on a whole-person approach to their wellness. Ashley’s whole-person approach to improving mental health and wellness includes looking at the following:

  • Mental Health
  • Emotional Health
  • Physical Health
  • Developmental Health
  • Cognitive Health
  • Neurology
  • Genetics
  • Biology
  • Lifestyle
  • Family and Relationships
  • School Environment

 

If needed, Ashley can consult with your child’s doctor, school, and other professionals to get a whole-picture understanding. She will then work out a tailored treatment plan for your child.

Our goal at Luvita is to get to the root of mental health issues in young people and not just treat the symptoms. By doing this, we can promote deeper, lasting healing that lays the foundations for a thriving life well into adulthood.

If you believe you or another individual is suffering a mental health crisis emergency, seek medical attention immediately — call 911 or proceed to the nearest emergency room.

If you are in need of support, but not in crisis, consider reaching out to a warmline. Warmlines offer a place to call when you just need to talk to someone. Speaking to someone on these calls is typically free, confidential, and run by people who understand what it’s like to struggle with mental health problems.

Find a warmline at mhanational.org/warmlines.

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