Oasis’ New Child & Adolescent Team May Be Your Answer to Mental Health Issues

Have you tried to find a counselor who can help with the unique needs of your young child or adolescent, only to be frustrated?

I know this is a need in our community. And the rising rates of opioid addiction make this need even more critical.

That’s why we at Oasis: The Center for Mental Health have recently launched a dedicated team of specialists focused on mental health issues that affect children and adolescents, including substance abuse.

Oasis’ Child and Adolescent Team, a first among area providers, takes a collaborative approach in treating children as young as age 4. The team includes a psychologist, licensed clinical professional counselors, a nurse practitioner and a social worker.

Their focus spans the most common mental health concerns affecting the younger age group, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, mood disorders, behavior problems, and substance abuse. Team members also provide counseling for families going through divorce, grief, or trauma.

Support and guidance for parents and caregivers is an important part of the treatment process, says Gwen Condon, team coordinator. An Annapolis resident, Gwen is a licensed clinical professional counselor with more than 10 years of experience.

Treatment for young patients can include testing, therapy and medication. Oasis assigns a patient advocate to coordinate follow-up care with primary care doctors and contact school administrators when appropriate.
We wanted to marshal our resources in the most efficient and effective way to meet the challenges we face in treating children, teens and young adults. Our dedicated team helps us do this. In my 40 years of practice, I have not seen the frequency and severity of need that we have today.

If you think our Child & Adolescent Team can help you and your family, I urge you to contact us. Don’t wait. Studies show early diagnosis and treatment is the key to recovery.

Yours in mental wellness,
Kathy L. Miller, MA LCPC

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Oasis: The Center for Mental Health is located at 175 Admiral Cochrane Drive, Suite 110, in Annapolis. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 410-571-0888, or visit their web site, www.oasismentalhealth.net. Oasis is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, by appointment. Walk-in hours are from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday (no appointment necessary).

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