Childhood mental health has become a top concern among parents—and for good reason. For more than two years, COVID-19 has affected every part of our lives. The ongoing stress and uncertainty our kids have experienced has been so profound that the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Children’s Hospital Association have declared a national state of emergency in child and adolescent mental health. Children continue to suffer multiple losses, including the loss of a parent or caregiver, recreation, socialization, education, and the disruption of daily routines. These losses have left them feeling anxious, confused, and at times, angry.
According to data from the Children’s Hospital Association, there were more than 47,000 mental health emergency room visits with children/adolescents during the first three quarters of 2021, marking a 40% increase over the same period in 2020.
Today, there are additional options for mental health treatment, beyond in-person therapy, as virtual mental health platforms are booming in popularity. This growing availability has made the process to access mental health treatment easier for families previously limited by location and cost.
Do you have a child that would benefit from therapy? When deciding between in-person and virtual options, consider the following:
Virtual therapy through Valera Health is available to all CDPHP members ages 6 and above. Valera Health has a growing Child and Adolescent (CAP) program. The Valera Health CAP providers and prescribers have extensive experience and training with children and adolescents. Book a free consult with Valera Health and see if virtual therapy would be a good fit for your child or adolescent’s needs.
It can be tough to ask for help, and you may not know where to turn. If you’re ready to take the first step, CDPHP is here for you. The CDPHP Behavioral Health Access Center is made up of a team of mental health care experts who understand what you’re going through and can point you in the right direction. To speak to a CDPHP representative about all the mental health care services available to you and your children, contact the CDPHP Behavioral Health Access Center at 1 (888) 320-9584.
Christine Rambert, LCSW
Associate Director, Inclusive Care
Christine Rambert, LCSW, has over 10 years of clinical experience providing psychotherapeutic services to culturally diverse and bilingual populations with a specialization in child and adolescent therapy. Bilingual in Spanish, Christine has worked collaboratively within multidisciplinary teams in various outpatient settings to deliver integrative behavioral health care. Christine has extensive training in therapeutic modalities which include CBT, DBT, ACT and TF-CBT. She earned a Masters in Sociology/Anthropology from Northeastern University and a Masters in Social Work from NYU Silver School of Social Work. Christine is also a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200) with Yoga Alliance.
Victoria Johnson, MD
Associate Clinical Director
Dr. Johnson is a Georgia native now living in New York City with a passion for providing patient-centered, recovery-oriented care. She holds board certifications in both Adult Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and enjoys working with patients ranging from school age youth to young adulthood. Dr. Johnson received her medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine (Atlanta, GA) and completed her specialty training in Psychiatry at the University of Alabama- Birmingham (UAB) Medical Center and Columbia University. In her free time, Dr. Johnson enjoys spending time with her partner, exploring NYC’s hidden gems, reading, and traveling.