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What to Expect

Our team of psychologists, neuropsychologists, and social workers are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of emotional, behavioral, and developmental issues and are here to help in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Mental health and learning disorders are real, common and treatable. At the Child Mind Institute, we support you every step of the way so that you’re not alone in seeking help.

How We Work

What makes the Child Mind Institute different? Our unique model delivers gold-standard evaluations and treatment as part of a time-tested philosophy of care:

Treatment Options

Our San Francisco Bay Area clinical care center offers neuropsychological testing and treatments for ADHD, anxiety and OCD, depression and mood disorders, autism, and learning and development disorders.


Evidence-Based Treatments (EBTs)

Available treatments also include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), behavioral therapy, parent management training (PMT), parent—child interaction therapy (PICT) and exposure and response prevention (ERP). Our team of psychiatrists may also offer medication treatment, alone or in combination with therapy when it’s appropriate.



We don’t look at therapy as an unending process. We set goals with the child and the family, track progress, and adjust course as needed — all with an eye to getting each child back to their best life as soon as possible.


World-Class Clinicians Who Care

To be a part of the Child Mind Institute’s clinical team, you have to be one of the best and care deeply about kids. It takes skill, experience and compassion to maximize impact.


Thorough Evaluation & Accurate Diagnosis

Diagnosis drives treatment. You can’t solve a problem you don’t understand. So, we perform exceptionally careful evaluations and our clinicians have the experience to make the right diagnosis. That’s why the Child Mind Institute is known nationally for second opinions and treating difficult cases.


Team Approach

Many of the kids we see have challenges across multiple areas. We provide all the care your child needs under one roof. Our multidisciplinary group of experts reviews each case holistically and works together to provide coordinated care so each child can thrive.


Individualized Treatment Plans

At the Child Mind Institute, your child will never get lost in the crowd. Unlike large medical centers, we’re exclusively focused on children’s mental health, learning, and development. Our team develops and continually optimizes personalized treatment plans for every child.


Monthly Email Updates

Get updates on the latest clinical offerings across our areas of care: ADHD and behavior; anxiety and OCD; learning and development; depression and mood; and autism and related disorders.


Cost and Financial Aid

Our model of care requires a dedicated staff to make it work, and we need to charge for their services. We do not accept insurance, but will provide the documentation required for out-of-network reimbursement if offered through your plan. We do offer financial aid, which may reduce your costs based on demonstrated need. We do not run our clinical care for profit. Any excess revenue goes to support financial aid.

Specialty Programs

Specialty Programs

Our San Francisco Bay Area center offers two additional state-of-the-art treatment options for children with social anxiety or mood disorders. Learn more to see if either is a good fit for your family.

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Where We Are

Where We Are

Located in San Mateo, our clinical care center is home to a team of expert child and adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists, neuropsychologists, and social workers.

San Francisco Bay Area
2000 Alameda de las Pulgas, Suite 242
San Mateo, California 94403
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Request an Appointment

Ready to Get Started?

Please complete the form below or call us at 212.308.3118 to request an appointment at the Child Mind Institute. A member of our intake team will follow up with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you provide treatment to patients who live in my state?

In-person treatment is available in our New York City and San Francisco Bay Area offices. For telehealth treatment, our board-certified clinicians and specialists are also licensed to treat patients who live in the following states:

  • California
  • New Jersey
  • New York

If you are located outside of our qualifying states, please refer to our Parents Guide to Getting Good Care or our 2022 Children’s Mental Health Report to learn more about ways to find care.

What are the benefits of treatment with the Child Mind Institute?

The benefits of treatment at the Child Mind Institute include:

  • Our team provides all the services you need under one roof.
  • We use therapies explicitly designed for children, teens and young adults.
  • We partner with you to make the best treatment decisions for your child.
  • We offer intensive treatment for kids in crisis or families who are traveling for care.
  • We connect with kids and motivate them to work with us to get better.
Do you accept insurance?

No, we are an out-of-network provider for insurance. We provide all the information a family needs to submit claims to an insurance company for reimbursement. We also partner with two organizations that offer assistance in filing and managing insurance claims. They will also verify your benefits and manage pre-authorizations. Learn more about the Child Mind Institute’s Insurance Reimbursement Partners.

(We’re also partnering to build Fort Health, a new telehealth provider that accepts insurance in New Jersey and New York, with plans to expand nationwide. Fort Health’s clinicians offer telehealth treatment for children and youth aged 4–19 experiencing mild to moderate anxiety, mood, behavioral, or ADHD disorders. Click here if you’d like to learn more about the services offered by Fort Health and here to learn more about our relationship with Fort Health.)

How much will care cost?

Our clinicians are trained in evidence-based treatments, which are specialized forms of therapy that have been proven effective for children. Treatment usually takes place over 12–16 sessions. The cost of care varies by service:

  • Psychiatric evaluation with a board-certified psychiatrist: $3,500
  • Diagnostic evaluation with a clinical psychologist or social worker: $2,400
  • Neuropsychological evaluation for learning disorders: $7,000
  • Ongoing treatment: $380-$560/hour, depending on clinician seniority

The Child Mind Institute has financial aid available for families who qualify. If you have financial need, our intake coordinators will send you a financial aid application before scheduling.

Where are your offices located?

The Child Mind Institute has physical locations in New York City and San Mateo, California. We also offer telehealth appointments for families in CA, CT, MA, NJ and NY.

New York City – Midtown
101 East 56th Street
New York, NY 10022

San Francisco Bay Area
2000 Alameda de las Pulgas, Suite 242
San Mateo, California 94403

What conditions do you treat?

Our clinicians are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of social, emotional and behavioral challenges, including:

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Anxiety, including selective mutism, separation anxiety and social anxiety
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Behavior problems
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Developmental disorders
  • Learning disorders, including dyslexia, dysgraphia and non-verbal learning disorder (NVLD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Phobias and fears
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Speech and language disorders
  • Suicidality and self-harm
  • Trauma and stress
My child has already been evaluated. Do I need another evaluation?

Yes. We will review the evaluation that your child has already received as part of our diagnostic evaluation but cannot rely on that report to determine treatment recommendations. Our clinicians need to meet with you and your child directly and make their assessment. An accurate and thorough diagnostic evaluation is the key to recommending the most effective treatment.