The mental wellness of children and adolescents is vital as they progress through their various developmental and educational stages. With effective intervention, the negative effects of a mental health or developmental issue can be lessened significantly.  For children and adolescents, the symptoms of mental illness and developmental disorders may manifest in a number of ways, some of which include decreased academic performance, poor social relationships with peers, defiant or disruptive behaviors with adults, suicidal thoughts, anger, irritability, depressed mood, anxiety, aggression or substance use.

Dr. Vinson takes a bio-psycho-social approach in the diagnosis and care of her patients, meaning that she endeavors to understand environmental, psychological, and biological factors that are at play in a child or adolescent’s life, and then works with families to develop individualized multi-pronged approaches to help each patient. Treatment plans may include components such as therapy, family therapy, school consultation/collaboration, and/or psychopharmacology (treatment with psychiatric medications).  Dr. Vinson completed both Child & Adolescent and Forensic Psychiatry Fellowships at Emory University, which, in addition to providing a strong clinical repertoire, also provided her with familiarity of many local schools, programs, and mental health resources in the greater Atlanta community. Additionally, for interested families, Dr. Vinson is able to order genetic testing that helps to inform psychiatric medication treatment choices.

To schedule an appointment for your child or adolescent, please contact officemanager@drsarahvinson.com or call 404-249-9520 ext. 1.  Dr. Vinson’s initial assessments are two hours long, and most follow up sessions are 45-50 minutes. The practice does not bill insurance, but does provide parents with the documentation needed to apply for reimbursement through out-of-network benefits.