Pediatric Psychology Services at Sidra Medicine
Mental Health Services for Children & Young People
There are different reasons a child or young person and their family may come to see a clinical psychologist. Many children admitted to the hospital have to come to terms with medical care and personal health much faster than most people. The goal of our psychology team is to help children and young people understand and cope with their thoughts and feelings.
When we meet with the child and family, we will work together to come to an understanding of the things that are difficult for a child or young person. In working with the family, we will also create a treatment plan on how best to help. We do this through talking and asking questions and, above all, listening to what matters to that child or young person. We play games or draw together (play therapy) to help us get to know a young person better. Sometimes we will ask a young person to keep a diary or chart to record their thoughts, feelings, actions, or symptoms.