Behavioral Health

Behavioral and mental health issues can stand in the way of healthy, happy development. The pediatric behavioral health specialists at UNM Children’s Psychiatric Center can help. We are home to the only children’s psychiatric center in New Mexico for children ages 2 to 18. Our team of experts will partner with you to improve your child’s mood, daily function and relationships.

Family Centered Care

Our staff respect your family’s culture and medical needs. You will get the best care, regardless of your ability to pay. From problems at school to general mood disorders, we can give your child the personal care they need to manage symptoms.

Conditions We Treat

Our team is equipped to diagnose and treat a variety of issues, including:

  • ADHD
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Behavior disorders
  • Brain injuries
  • Depression
  • Learning disabilities
  • Mental illness
  • Mood disorders
  • Trauma
  • Trouble at school

About Your Visit

When you bring your child in for an appointment, our pediatric professionals will speak with a parent or family member. We will review your child’s medical records. Then, we may give your child a or neuropsychological exam for proper diagnosis.

Every child and disorder is different, but therapy, medication and community outreach can help. In addition to treatment for your child, you will get the tools and resources you need to support your child going forward.

What to Bring to an Appointment

Please be sure to bring the following to your pediatric appointment:

  • Child’s insurance card
  • Child’s Social Security card
  • Legal papers indicating child’s guardian, if relevant
  • List of current medications
  • Results of any previous mental and physical health evaluations
  • School individualized education program document, if relevant


Your child may benefit from therapy such as:

  • Art
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Group, individual and community-family
  • Multisystemic
  • Grief counseling
  • Special care for abuse or sexual trauma
  • School-based

More Services

  • Medication therapy
  • Patient and family education
  • Medication management
  • Referral to community resources
  • Skills for stress, management, accountability and confidence