Episode 73: Mental Health: Can a Psychologist Help My Child? (Part 4 of 4)
Dina O’Brien, Ph.D, PsyD, Licensed Psychologist
Our NICU adolescents and teens sometimes find themselves trying to cope with a difficult medical diagnosis or a major life change. Dina O’Brien, a pediatric psychologist and NICU mom speaks from experience, on both sides, on how a parent can help their child.
In this episode, we chat about:
- Why did you pursue a career in pediatric psychology?
- What is the primary purpose of a pediatric psychologist?
- How did your background as a pediatric psychologist help or hinder your experience as a NICU mom with your fourth child?
- For parents, how do you know when your child may benefit from psychology and what are the things they might look for, or assess?
- How do you find a good pediatric psychologist?
- Some children don’t exhibit effects of a NICU stay until they are well into their early adolescent years? How do you differentiate their challenges from NICU vs regular development?
- How would you define a successful outcome of a child who has undergone pediatric psychology?
- What’s your best advice to a parent seeking psychological help for his/her child?
Dr. O’Brien is a licensed pediatric clinical psychologist currently working with Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Harbor Pediatrics in Gig Harbor, WA. She has over 25 years of experience working with the mental health needs of children and teens. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 boys, and spotting orcas across the PNW!
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