Taking care of your kid’s mental health is just as important as making sure they have a healthy body. As a parent, you play a crucial role in looking out for early signs of any mental health problems. As mental health professionals, we play the role of helping you and your family manage and treat those problems.

Getting help early is key, and Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Health Clinics specialize in the most current pediatric mental health care techniques. From ADHD treatment to school-related issues, our approaches will guide your child or teen to a positive quality of life. We aim to ensure they reach developmental and emotional milestones, learn healthy social skills, cope with any underlying trauma and have a bright future ahead.

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COVID-19 Disclaimer: Your Health Is Our Priority

NSU is taking decisive and informed action to keep students, faculty, staff and patients, as well as the community, safe. We are strictly following guidance from the CDC, the Florida Department of Health and the Broward County Health Department. Temperature checks will be performed prior to entry at our facilities, and telehealth appointments are available, as well. NSU’s pharmacy is currently operating during regular business hours.

COVID-19 is changing our world, and we’re changing with it. We offer telehealth appointments for your convenience at our medical and mental health services through secure, HIPAA compliant platforms. You will receive an email with all relevant information after your appointment is scheduled. Telehealth appointments are covered through most insurance plans at the same rate as in-person office visits.

Mental Health Care for Kids: 13 Clinical Specialties

You know your child best. If you have any concerns about their behavior, take them to NSU: a place you can count on and confide in. As a part of the NSU College of Psychology, we have 13 pediatric specialties serving children and adolescents at our South Florida mental health clinics. Explore our reasonably priced offerings, and learn how we can promote stronger mental health together.

The NSU Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment program (ADAPT) provides assessment and treatment to adolescents referred by police, schools, other local agencies and parents.

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NSU provides assessment and treatment to children and adolescents (up to age 22) who have behavioral problems consistent with a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

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The NSU Biofeedback and Health Psychology Center offers evaluation, intervention and consultation for managing ongoing health concerns and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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Engaging in significant problem behaviors can isolate children from peers, decrease ability to learn in school and lead to elevated levels of stress in the home setting. The NSU Challenging Behavior Clinic addresses these concerns through direct support for caregivers.

You can undergo parent training sessions or individual sessions, during which our therapist works directly with your child (18 months - 8 years). These treatments teach adaptive methods to replace problem behaviors with more functional skills.

The NSU Child, Adolescent and Family Services Program assists families with children (ages 4–17) to improve their quality of life through a comprehensive diagnostic and treatment approach.

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The NSU Child and Adolescent Traumatic Stress Program provides those (birth-17) experiencing post-trauma symptoms with specialized psychological services to help them adapt and heal.

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Diagnostic Services

Psycho-developmental evaluations are provided for children 18 months - adolescence suspected of having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), exhibiting developmental delays or experiencing early childhood behavioral difficulties. Additionally, our clinic serves adolescents with a prior diagnosis of ASD and/or developmental disabilities for reassessment purposes.

Autism Education Program

The information provided to families for ASD intervention can be both overwhelming and oftentimes inaccurate. Caregivers struggle to discern quality programs that are evidence-based from those that have little to no success. To address this need, a series of community-based, ongoing seminars and one-on-one caregiver follow-up sessions assist in determining the next steps after diagnosis.

The NSU Family Violence Program provides psychological services to children, adolescents and adults in:

  • offering assistance in identifying and overcoming effects of abuse, while also helping perpetrators learn nonviolent behaviors
  • assisting children who have witnessed violence to overcome its effects
  • helping adolescents learn anger-management skills and promoting nonviolent ways of resolving conflicts
  • offering individual and group therapy sessions on a sliding-scale fee basis and emphasizing assertiveness, communication and problem-solving skills

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The NSU Healthy Lifestyles Program will help your teen (14+) overcome any issues related to alcohol, substance use, gambling, weight-gain and sleep. They will learn to take responsibility for their bodies and use their own strengths and resources to resolve their problems.

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Starting at age 10, the NSU Intensive Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program provides diagnostic, in-depth and intensive treatment to those with moderate-to-severe characterological disorders. We can help your child gain a better appreciation of their personal and interpersonal experiences.

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Get your child evaluated at the NSU Neuropsychology Assessment Center. Our specialists assess kids five or older for central nervous system disorders, consult and recommend treatment paths or referrals.

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If your teen (14+) shows signs of a thought or mood disorder, NSU can help. We treat those with serious mood disturbances, psychotic features or pervasive difficulties with emotion regulation.

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NSU offers comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations to students (preschool-college) for school-related academic, developmental, behavioral and learning problems.

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Helping Children of U.S. Veterans

You had our back. Now we have yours. NSU Veterans Access Clinic offers affordable mental health care services to U.S. veterans and their families. Bring your child to our friendly facilities for any mental health concern. Reach out for support, and speak with specialized representatives who are knowledgeable about veteran care: (954) 262-3524, select option 2 (Mon-Fri 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.).

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What to Know About Children’s Mental Health

It paves their life path.

Mental health correlates with children’s physical and developmental health, and their ability to succeed in school, at work and in society.

It’s common.

About one out of every five children in the U.S. has a diagnosable mental health disorder.

It’s bigger than you think.

Children with untreated mental health needs affect communities, workplaces and the nation as a whole.

Staff

Ana Martinez, Psy.D.

Director of Clinical Services

Ralph (Gene) E. Cash, Ph.D., ABPP

School Psychology Program Director

Jennifer Davidtz, Ph.D.

Services for the Emotionally Distressed Program Director

Jan Faust, Ph.D., ABPP

Child/Adolescent Traumatic Stress Program Director

Charles Golden, Ph.D., ABPP/ABCN

Neuropsychology Program Director

Jeffrey L. Kibler, Ph.D.

Biofeedback Program Director

Bady Quintar, Ph.D., ABPP

Intensive Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program Director

David Reitman, Ph.D.

ADHD Program Director

Linda C. Sobell, Ph.D., ABPP

Healthy Lifestyles Program Director

Yukari Tomozawa, Psy.D.

Child/Adolescent/Family Program Coordinator

Vincent B. Van Hasselt, Ph.D.

ADAPT Program Director
Family Violence Program Director

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Schedule an Appointment

Request a telehealth or in-clinic appointment at NSU Mental Health Clinics. We are committed to making the scheduling process as convenient as possible, as well as creating a seamless, friendly and patient-centered clinic experience. We will respond to online submissions within two business days. For faster service, call (954) 262-4100 (Mon-Fri, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.). Learn more about the health insurance plans NSU Health Clinics accept.

 

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Patient Forms

After making an appointment, make sure your forms are up-to-date. If you’re new to NSU Health Clinics, please fill out the New Patient Packet. All forms, including those for each specific health care service, can be found at the link below.

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