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The Center for Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health is committed to improving the lives of children, adolescents, and their caregivers in our community. We understand the vital importance of providing emotional and behavioral support to our youth, especially when national statistics reveal that up to one in five U.S. youth are diagnosed with a mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder. A significant number of these cases may also involve challenges related to substance use, underscoring the necessity for comprehensive support.

Research has consistently demonstrated the effectiveness of certain treatments in alleviating distress and enhancing positive behaviors and coping mechanisms among children. Integral to the success of these treatments is the establishment of a strong therapeutic relationship, which serves as the foundation for the healing process. Our clinicians at CBI are dedicated to utilizing these evidence-based treatments, ensuring that children and caregivers not only receive support they require but are also empowered to develop the skills and habits essential for success in academics, friendships, and overall life.

Adolescent behavioral health is crucial for holistic well-being. Stress in behavioral health can affect academic achievement, physical health, family dynamics, and social interactions. Understanding the growing demand for children's mental health services, our team at Cognitive Behavior Institute is committed to offering a nurturing and safe atmosphere. Here at our child and adolescent behavioral health center, children, teens, and young adults can access the high-quality care they need.

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Throughout development, children and adolescents may exhibit a number of concerning or unhelpful behaviors. It is often tricky to determine when a behavior represents a “typical” or “normal” behavior within the child’s developmental stage versus behavior that may suggest a more distressing or significant concern. When a behavior is causing significant distress, or unpleasant feelings, such as increased anxiety or trouble sleeping, this may be a sign that therapy is warranted. Another indicator of the need for therapy is when the behavior is interfering, or getting in the way, of the child.


Behavioral health is the promotion of well-being through prevention and intervention with a focus on addressing mental health, improving behaviors, and promoting resiliency for the future. At our center, we provide treatment for children, adolescents, and young adults struggling with:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Behavioral Issues
  • School Refusal
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Stress
  • A Divorce and Separation
  • Parent and Sibling Conflicts
  • Academic and School Difficulties
  • Grief
  • Attachment
  • Peer Difficulties or Bullying
  • Trauma
  • Behaviour Problems
  • Coping Skills
  • Anger Management
  • Social Skills
  • ADHD
  • Self Esteem Issues


Your child may benefit from counseling if you see any of the following:

  • Sudden Aggression
  • Rebelliousness
  • Sudden withdrawal from social situations
  • Anger outburst
  • Sudden temper tantrums
  • Difficulty in reading, writing, math etc. which is not grade appropriate
  • Bedwetting
  • Nightmares, fear of sleeping alone etc.
  • Recurrent physical concerns
  • Observable loss or increase of weight/appetite
  • A change in behavior/acting out of the ordinary
  • Academic decline
  • Substance abuse


At our Center for Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health, we are dedicated to offering family services that are evidence-based, goal-oriented, and strength-based, designed specifically for children, adolescents, and young adults.

  • Evidence-Based: Our family services rely on the latest and most relevant research to ensure we're providing the best support during these critical periods of development.
  • Goal-Oriented: Our core mission is to support the unique goals that directly address your family's behavioral health needs, acknowledging the critical periods of development in young individuals.
  • Strength-Based: We recognize that the individuals we support possess inherent resources, assets, and skills crucial for their success. Our approach focuses on enhancing these strengths to achieve their objectives and build resilience.

Our licensed clinicians are experts in addressing the specific needs of youth and engaging in positive, collaborative relationships to encourage healthy development. To maximize effectiveness, we encourage practicing learned strategies at home between sessions.

Types of therapy provided at CBI:

  • EXRP - Exposure and Ritual Prevention
  • CBT - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • DBT- Dialetical Behavioral Therapy
  • PCIT - Parent Child Interaction Therapy
  • AFCBT - Alternatives for Families: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • TFCBT  - Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Professional Evaluations for Adopting Parents

Adoption Evaluations for New Parents

Adoption is an exciting process, but it can also be complicated. If you're looking to adopt, you may be wondering how to go about getting an evaluation. The Cognitive Behavior Institute (CBI) in Pittsburgh can help.

Adoption evaluations are required by Pennsylvania law for all adoptions, and they can be conducted by either a licensed psychologist or a certified social worker. The purpose of the evaluation is to ensure that the adoptive family is prepared to provide a safe and nurturing home for the child.

If you're in need of compassionate, detailed, and professional adoption evaluation services, look no further than CBI. Our team of experts will work with you to ensure that your family is ready for the adoption process. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment.

Lead Therapists for the Center for Child and Adolescents

  • Child Psychologist
    ['Anxiety / Depression', 'OCD', 'Phobias', 'Family', 'ADD/ADHD', 'ODD', 'Trichotillomania', 'Skin-picking']
    ['Cranberry Township']
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
    ['Mt. Lebanon']
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
    ['Anxiety / Depression', 'Family', 'Couples', 'Coparenting', 'Post-Partum/Fertility', 'Grief & Loss', 'Anger Management', 'ADD/ADHD']
    ['Mt. Lebanon']