Boston Children's Health Physicians is a leading provider of comprehensive mental health support for children and adolescents.
We understand the importance of addressing mental health concerns early on, which is why we have integrated behavioral health services into many of our locations. Our on-site behavioral health consultants work hand-in-hand with our medical professionals to ensure children receive the holistic care they need.
We firmly believe that mental health support is essential for promoting children's overall well-being, healthy development, emotional resilience, and quality of life. Whether your child is experiencing anxiety, depression, behavioral challenges, or any other mental health issue, our experienced team is here to provide compassionate care and support.
Many BCHP primary care locations are equipped with their own expert behavioral health consultants (BHCs) who are licensed professionals trained in leading graduate schools of social work and mental health counseling. We encourage you to reach out to your provider to learn more about the behavioral health consultants (BHCs) available at your location and how they can support your child's mental health needs.
The following locations have an on-site behavioral health consultant:
Behavioral Health Consultants are a starting point for questions you may have about your child’s mental health.
Our team will help map out a plan alongside your family as you seek to better understand your child’s concerns or navigate your way to support. The BHCs work alongside your pediatricians to provide assessment, referral lists and short-term counseling.
As referrals are in progress, the BHC will typically serve as a ‘bridge’ – counseling your child /or family for approximately 8-10, 20-minute sessions until you are connected to a recommended referral or the issue is resolved.
Our BHCs conduct assessments and evaluations to gather information about a child’s mental health status. We use interviews, research-validated screening questionnaires, and other tools to understand the individual’s symptoms, challenges, strengths, and goals.
Our team provides education about mental health conditions, symptoms, and treatment options.
They help children and families understand their diagnoses, explore coping strategies, and learn about available resources and support strategies. BHCs use evidence based therapeutic techniques to facilitate discussions, explore emotions, develop coping skills and promote positive behavioral change. Our professionals also may work with parents with introductory coaching on behavioral reinforcement and other evidence-based parenting strategies.
Our BHCs may provide resources, refer individuals to psychotherapists or other specialized mental health professionals and help make suggestions about appropriate support services within home, school or other areas of life.