Psychiatry Consultation Service | Overview

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Located within the Department of Psychiatry at Boston Children's Hospital, our Psychiatry Consultation Service provides expert mental health and counseling support for children, parents and other family members confronting the strain of chronic illness and hospitalization. 

When a child is admitted to Boston Children's for a medical condition, feelings of anxiety, sadness, stress, fear and even anger are common for both the patient and the family. Boston Children’s is a renowned leader in all aspects of child and adolescent psychiatry. Our experienced clinicians deliver compassionate, family-centered care that always treats your child as an individual, first and foremost.

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Our expertise

During a busy medical admission, it is important not to overlook signs of psychological stress—or to miss more serious mental health issues that might be impacting the entire family. Our Psychiatry Consultation Service clinicians are specially trained to recognize symptoms of anxiety, depression and other psychiatric conditions in patients admitted to the hospital. Our clinicians will involve you and your child in every stage of treatment planning, providing guidance, psychoeducation, and recommendations at each step along the way.

The Psychiatry Consultation Service at Boston Children’s Hospital operates entirely on an internal referral basis. We respond to consultation requests from members of a child's medical or surgical team.

Parents and guardians of admitted patients can request a consult with the  Psychiatry Consultation Service, but this request must first be approved by the child's attending physician.

All of the patients we treat have been admitted as inpatients to Boston Children's Hospital. We are only able to provide services for patients currently admitted to one of our medical or surgical floors. If continuing mental health services would be helpful after a child is discharged from a medical floor, we will connect the family with our colleagues in Boston Children's Hospital Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic, or provide referrals for other community providers closer to home.

Psychiatry Consultation Service director is also changing lives for children in Nigeria

Patricia Ibeziako, MD initially came to Boston Children’s Hospital to study child psychiatry—a rare specialty in her native country, Nigeria. Since completing her education and becoming director of Boston Children’s Psychiatry Consultation Service, Ibeziako continues to help train child mental health specialists in Nigeria.


We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
For Patients: 617-355-6000
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