Pediatric & Adolescent Psychiatry

Compassionate behavioral health services for children and teens

Supportive Pediatric and Adolescent Psychiatry Care

Anna Jaques Hospital's Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Program provides structured and secure inpatient psychiatric services for children and adolescents ages 4 to 17. Our experienced team admits patients to our program when behavioral or emotional disorders prevent them from being safe at home, at school or in the community.

If your child or teen is facing a behavioral health challenges, we are here for you. Our experienced team supports them and your entire family through the journey to improved emotional health.

Expanding Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Services

Anna Jaques Hospital recognizes the growing need for behavioral health services for children and adolescents. To better address these needs, we’re working hard to expand our inpatient behavioral health and support services.

Anna Jaques Hospital received approval and funding from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to support our behavioral health services. Using these funds, we've increased the number of inpatient beds from 12 to 16 at the hospital’s Amesbury Psychological Center, Children and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit.

Our Psychiatric Services

Our child and adolescent psychiatric program features a variety of services, including:

  • Coordination with state and private agencies, as well as outpatient providers.
  • Discharge planning for patients and their families.
  • Educational tutoring and coordination with schools.
  • Medication evaluation and psychopharmacological treatment.
  • Parent, family and guardian involvement in treatment planning.
  • Psychiatric, nursing and psychosocial evaluation.
  • Restraint avoidance planning.
  • Therapeutic and occupational groups, free time and outdoor exercise.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

We also offer dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) for kids and teens. DBT is a therapeutic framework primarily used to target emotionally reactive patients. People of any age who want to learn how to change their behaviors, emotions and thoughts may benefit from dialectical behavioral therapy.

During DBT sessions, your child or teen may explore a variety of topics:

  • Distress tolerance
  • Emotion regulation
  • Interpersonal effectiveness
  • Mindfulness
Admission to Our Program

Our program offers short-term inpatient treatment and stabilization. We typically admit patients after evaluation in a hospital emergency department, outpatient treatment center or residential treatment center.

We do not admit patients who are brought directly to the unit without prior notification and admitting orders.

If you or a loved one is experiencing psychiatric distress, you should receive an evaluation by one of the following:

Our Pediatric and Adolescent Mental Health Team

During your child's stay with us, they'll interact with a range of specially trained experts:

We have access to the full resources of Anna Jaques Hospital to treat medical conditions and emergencies.

Visitor Hours

Visitation hours are between 8:30 am and 7:00 pm. Parents or guardians must pre-approve all visitors. All visitors must present photo identification prior to visiting the child or adolescent.

Learn more about our adult behavioral health services, including addiction treatment and recovery.

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Services & Specialties

We work with specialists across Anna Jaques Hospital to provide the care your family needs.

Meet Our Psychiatrists

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Rita Gelsomini, MD Specialty Child Psychiatry, Psychiatry
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David E. Sorenson, MD Specialty Child Psychiatry, Psychiatry

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