Frequently Asked Questions – Clinical and Pediatric Psychology

What should I expect if my child is referred for a psychological evaluation?

The purpose of a diagnostic intake is to collect a comprehensive history of your child, including current concern. A licensed psychologist will talk with you and your child about any concerns you or your child might have, especially those related to his/her medical condition and treatment. The psychologist will also ask you about your child’s history. Depending on your child’s age and presenting concerns, the psychologist may ask to talk with you or your child one-on-one.

At the conclusion of the appointment, the psychologist will provide your family with recommendations for a plan of care which could include referrals for receiving further evaluation or therapy services.  These referrals may be placed for services at Texas Children’s Hospital or community providers, depending on a variety of factors.

How long do psychological evaluations take?

Evaluations typically take about 60 minutes.

Who will be providing psychological services to my child?

Your child’s initial evaluation will be conducted by a licensed clinical psychologist. Therapy may be conducted by a licensed psychologist or an advanced psychology trainee who is under the direct supervision of a licensed psychologist.

If my child is seen by a Texas Children’s Hospital psychologist for therapy, what should I expect?

All of our clinicians are committed to using evidence-based treatments, which means that the interventions are well-researched and shown to be effective. Therapy is collaborative in nature, meaning we work with a patient and their family to determine appropriate goals and treatment plans.

Isn’t psychology and therapy just for people who are crazy?

No, not at all! Our team works with patients dealing with a multitude of stressors and unusual circumstances. We believe psychological intervention can be very helpful to improve distress associated with these stressors and to improve your child’s ability to manage his or her illness and psychosocial functioning.

What is the difference between psychology and psychiatry?

Our faculty is comprised of doctoral-level psychologists who have attended graduate school focusing on the research and practice of psychology. All faculty have doctorate degrees, have advanced training in pediatric and clinical psychology, have years of experience working with these populations, and are licensed psychologists in the state of Texas.

Psychiatrists are physicians who have attended medical school and received training in psychiatry, which often involves medication management. Our psychology faculty is able to refer your child for psychiatry services when indicated.

Do I need any special paperwork if I am divorced from the patient’s other parent?

Yes. We will need a copy of the divorce decree indicating who has the right to consent to evaluation and treatment before we can begin the appointment. 

Do I need any special paperwork if I have temporary custody?

Yes. We will need a copy of the temporary orders.