Children & Adolescent Services

Children & Adolescent Services

Children and adolescents face different developmental, social, behavioral, and emotional challenges than adults. Additionally, the therapeutic interventions that are used when treating children and adolescents must meet them where they are at developmentally.

Charlotte Behavioral Health Care can assist you, your child and family in addressing these challenges. In fact, our specialized children’s staff treat over 2,000 children every year and are committed to providing the best treatment for your child. We implement individualized treatment and intervention methods for young people to help ensure the healthy emotional and social development of your child, providing a plan of care that is tailored to address their problems from the standpoint of their individual stages in life.

Our children’s therapists work with families in Charlotte County and outlying areas to develop customized treatment plans that specifically target:

  • Improved behavior at home and school
  • Decreased symptoms
  • Decreased family conflict
  • And other improvements

Services available for Children, Adolescents & Families

Charlotte Behavioral Health Care offers a full array of child psychiatrist and counseling services for children and adolescents, and we can help you if your child has an issue and you don’t know where else to turn.

Our services include Individual and Family Therapy, Group Family Programs, Case Management, Psychiatric/Medication Services, Intensive Home and School Based Therapy Services, and Crisis Services.

Therapy Services will address mental health and co-occurring substance and/or chemical abuse, parenting challenges and family dynamic issues. Our community based services are available in the home and/or school based, centered on the severity of issues.

Case Management Services include monitoring, linking and advocating for families with basic needs such as housing, food, financial resources, access to medical services, school issues and locating support and resources available within our community.

Psychiatric Services provided by a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, along with a team of ARNPs and licensed nursing staff that are specially trained in child, adolescent and family psychiatry.

Each team member has a deep commitment and respect for the unique medication needs/issues. We can help you and your child or adolescent with the following issues:

  • Adjustment problems
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Behavioral problems or disorders
  • Sexual, physical or emotional abuse
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
  • Substance abuse
  • Trauma or grief issues
  • And others

To view and download our Children’s Services Consumer Handbook, click here.

Specialty Programs

From group therapy programs to the intensive Community Action Team, the options available through Charlotte Behavioral Health Care are designed to help maximize each child and adolescent’s potential for achieving recovery success.

BRAG (Building Relationships, Achieving Goals). This group therapy program is for children aged 3-12 years and their caregivers. BRAG is designed to support children and parents in learning coping techniques to manage behaviors and improve family dynamics. (offered at the Punta Gorda location only.)

CAST (Coping and Support Training). This group therapy program is designed to help teens cope with struggles such as depression, worry, family relationships, peer and dating relationships, and coping with the effects of bullying by learning life skills, and utilizing peer and group support. (Offered at the Punta Gorda location only.)

Children’s Community Action (C.A.T.) Team. The C.A.T. Team is a multi-disciplinary clinical team that provides comprehensive, intensive community-based treatment to families with youth and adults (ages 11-21) who are at risk of out-of-home placement due to mental health or co-occurring disorder and related complex issues for which traditional services are not/have not been adequate. For more information, click here to visit our C.A.T. Program page.

TBOS (Therapeutic Behavioral On-Site). TBOS offers community-based individual and family therapy services at home, school, and/or work for children with severe mental health and/or substance abuse issues who are at risk of more restrictive placement.

If you believe you or someone you know could benefit from our Children and Adolescent Outpatient Services, please contact us now.

We look forward to serving you.


11 year old – Mother: “BRAG has been a wonderful experience with my son. We have learned both how to deal with each other and heal. This BRAG program has brought my son and I back from a very sad place and we both are leaving with love and happiness towards each other. We had totally lost that! The staff make this program special for both the child and the parent. They care and that’s what makes the difference. They are amazing and words can never express my thankfulness for all that they have done for my son and I.”