Children & Teens Overview

Children, tweens and teens are all welcome at the Pastoral Institute! They even have their own child-friendly waiting area. Our counselors focus on different age groups and specialties, so when you call to make an appointment, we'll connect you with the right person. In addition to our Counseling Center, we also offer specialized therapy and testing through our Sarah T. Butler Children’s Center. Children's Center therapists see children (some as young as 1 year old), teens and families in therapy. Our therapists are experienced in a wide-range of child and adolescent issues including: 

  • anxiety
  • ADHD
  • depression
  • trauma
  • autism-spectrum disorders and other developmental disorders
  • behavioral concerns
  • self-help issues
  • social skills needs
  • parenting issues
  • learning problems
  • helping children cope with loss, separation, divorce, or military deployment, etc

Coming Fall 2017- Child Psychiatry!

We will be starting a new child and adolescent psychiatry program.  Dr. Michael Ellis and Carlie Frederick, APRN-BC will be joining our team to provide psychiatric care for children and adolescents.  Dr. Michael Ellis is Board Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Carlie Frederick is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry and Pediatrics. They treat the full scope of typical psychiatric problems, including ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder and others.

Every child's situation is unique. Every child is special. Our therapists are trained in a variety of therapy skills so that we can best treat your child. After assessing your child, we may use parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT), child-centered therapy, family therapy, parenting consultation, cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR for children, or play therapy.

As a parent, you know your child best and may be concerned that some milestones have been missed. The Children's Center offers developmental interventions and therapy as well as developmental assessments to help answer your questions. Throughout the year, we also offer Social Skills Groups for children.

If you'd like to schedule an appointment for your child, teen or tween, please call us at 706-649-6500 or email

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