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Mental health matters 

Our main goal is to improve your child's mental health 

You are not alone. One in five children will experience a serious mental illness. We know treatment works. We're transforming children's mental health care by defeating the stigma and treating families with compassion, respect and clinical expertise. Our unique approach to care creates a safe place where children and families turn heartbreak into hope. 

While our psychologists and psychiatrists have been providing mental health care to families for decades, our new, modern Virginia Treatment Center for Children is an acknowledgment that national issues surrounding children's mental health need to be addressed. We’re proud to lead the charge. 

We provide inpatient and outpatient services for children and adolescents across Virginia with clinical expertise ranging from anxiety and mood disorders, to depression and mental health needs related to gender and sexuality or chronic illness. 

Meeting your mental health care needs: Outpatient physiological care, close to home

Our experienced and compassionate team has a long history of successfully caring for children with a wide variety of mental health care needs. Outpatient care often includes assessments, evaluations, individual and family psychotherapy, occupational therapy and medication management.

We specialize in: 

  • Adjustment problems 
  • Anxiety disorders 
  • Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders 
  • Autism 
  • Behavior disorders at home and school 
  • Depression 
  • Personality and mood disorders 
  • Sexual abuse 
  • Trauma 
  • Mental health needs associated with gender or sexuality  
  • Mood disorders 
  • Psychological needs related to chronic illness 

Round-the-clock inpatient care

We provide round-the-clock inpatient care in a supportive environment, with the goal of stabilizing and safely transitioning children and adolescents back into their daily lives. Coordinated care includes: 

  • Crisis stabilization (assessment and diagnosis by a multidisciplinary team) 
  • Educational services 
  • Individual, group and family psychotherapy  
  • Medication assessment and management 
  • Psychiatric services 
  • Nutritional services including meeting special dietary needs by working with a registered dietician 
  • Occupational therapy 
  • Pet therapy 
  • Recreational therapy 
  • School services 

We work with families and communities to ensure that children receive follow-up care and support services after leaving the hospital. The average inpatient stay is five to seven days. 

Inpatient care is available for children as young as three. Learn more about what makes our inpatient care unique, including the ability for a family member to spend the night in the room, our new facilities and school programs.  

We’re transforming children’s mental health. Take a tour of VTCC to learn more.

Contact us for more information on a mental health evaluation for your child

A mental health GPS for families 

Emotional, social and behavioral challenges can be overwhelming and difficult to understand. Our innovative Cameron K. Gallagher Mental Health Resource Center is free of charge to families and serves as a hub for support, referrals and encouragement.

Contact the Mental Health Resource Center at 804-828-9897.

Psychology services for children with chronic illness 

Psychologists on the Brook Road Campus specialize in working with children from birth to age 17 who have psychological needs related to medical, emotional and behavioral issues, and neuropsychological evaluations following a neurological injury or illness. 

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