Pediatric mental health

Helping families manage psychiatric and psychological conditions

Growing up is tough. Your child may have trouble coping with their changing body, the stress of relationships or pressures from peers and their environment. If you suspect your child may be suffering from a mental health challenge, the pediatric specialists at UW Health can help. We use counseling, medicines and coaching to help your child and your family.

Programs and research

Personalized care programs

We use a variety of techniques to help your child confront and cope with emotional and behavioral difficulties as well as psychiatric and severe mental health challenges.

Conditions and treatments

Helping your child manage their mental health

We give you guidance and support so you can help your child. Our experts are also available during your child’s hospital stay or when they are dealing with a chronic illness or traumatic injury. Our pediatric mental health team provides a full range of psychiatric and psychological services.

Mental health conditions

Our pediatric specialists evaluate and treat a wide range of mental health conditions in children.

  • Adjustment disorders

  • Alcohol abuse

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD & ADHD)

  • Behavioral difficulties

  • Bipolar disorders

  • Cancer psychotherapy

  • Coping with chronic illness

  • Depression

  • Developmental difficulties

  • Drug abuse

  • Low self-esteem

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder

  • Personality disorders

  • Sibling relationships

  • Schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder

  • Stress related to growing up, such as communication, peer and school pressure

Available treatments

Your child and your family receive support and treatment from our team of experts.

  • Assistance and counseling

  • Consultation and intervention services as you return home from the hospital 

  • Family education 

  • Individual and group psychotherapy

  • Managing stress 

  • Medication management

  • Psychological therapy and support 

  • Relaxation and coping strategies 

  • Support and counseling related to death and dying

  • Supporting your child’s development during a hospital stay

  • Supportive care after a traumatic injury or chronic illness


Featured location
American Family Children’s Hospital

Our team offers advanced heart surgery at American Family Children’s Hospital. American Family Children’s Hospital is ranked among the nation’s best hospitals for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery.

Pediatric mental health locations

We offer pediatric mental health care at specialized UW Health clinics in Madison.

  • Waisman Center - Autism and Developmental Disabilities
    • 1500 Highland Ave. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 263-3301
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  • Waisman Center - Autism Treatment Programs
    • 1500 Highland Ave. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 263-3301
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  • Union Corners Clinic - Behavioral Pediatrics
    • 2402 Winnebago Street / Madison, WI
    • (608) 242-6845
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Meet our team

Caring experts support your family

The pediatric mental health team at UW Health includes experts in psychiatry, psychology and child development.

Our providers

Patient resources

Build your knowledge

Learn more about pediatric mental and behavioral health conditions and support from the experts at UW Health.

Patient resources

We help young children and parents living with psychiatric and psychological conditions. Our experts offer specialized services for psychological, developmental and relationship disturbances in children under 6 years of age.

We teach children and young adults how to manage anxiety and pain by using healing images and the mind/body connection.

UW Health’s Dr. Marcia Slattery discusses anxiety in children. Listen to her conversation with Wisconsin Public Radio’s Larry Meiller.

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Learn how your child and family can take part in a UW Health mental health research study.

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We provide help when you and your child need it. You are never alone.

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