Specialized Counseling for Mental Illness in Children

Pathways counselor meeting with mom and young daughter in Waterloo, Iowa.Taking care of a child’s behavioral health and mental illness can be challenging. Children and adolescents often struggle to express their feelings and communicate their problems. Many withdraw, show sadness and anxiety or act out with negative behavior at home or school, impacting their family and friendships.

The pediatric specialists at Pathways Behavioral Services provides the most up-to-date, research-based counseling techniques and strategies to help uncover and heal behavioral health issues and mental illness in children.

Our behavioral therapy techniques include:

  • Parent/child interactive Therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Trauma work
  • Family therapy

The behavioral health team at Pathways includes specialists in child and adolescent psychiatry, pediatric psychology, neuropsychology, psychotherapy, nurse practitioners, clinical social workers, licensed mental health counselors and substance counseling. We provide diagnosis, counseling and behavioral therapy treatments at our office locations in Waterloo and Waverly and area schools in Black Hawk, Bremer, Butler and Chickasaw counties.

At-Home Intervention for Mental Illness

Behavioral Health Intervention Services are offered by Pathways to provide supportive, directive, and teaching interventions to improve the child’s level of functioning as it relates to mental illness, with the primary goal of learning age-appropriate skills to manage their behavior. At-home intervention services are provided to young people aged 20 and younger as a supplement to the counseling and treatment a mental health therapist is already providing at our offices. For more information, call 319-352-2064.

Substance Abuse Counseling for Children and Adolescents

Mental illness play therapy session at Pathways Behavior Services in Iowa

Help is here for families battling with youth substance abuse. Pathways provides adolescent substance abuse counseling on-site at our office locations in Waterloo and Waverly and schools in Black Hawk, Bremer, Butler, Grundy and Franklin counties.

Substance abuse in children and adolescents impacts their overall growth, development and well-being. Pathways offers recovery with a focus on preventive care to help identify future problems early.


Your child’s path to wellness starts today with Pathways. Call our Waterloo office at 319-235-6571 or our Waverly office at 319-352-2064 for more information or to schedule an appointment with a mental health counselor.

Links to Additional Behavioral Therapy & Health Services for Young People

Integrated Health Home Services – Pathways provides Integrated Health Home Services to children.

Prevention – Pathways offers a wider variety of addiction prevention services for children, adolescents and parents.

OWI Screens – Pathways provides substance abuse screenings for young drivers who have been charged with Operating While intoxicated (OWI).

OWI Class – Pathways provides the 12-hour mandated OWI/DUI class required by the Iowa Department of Transportation. Drivers younger than 18 who have been charged with an OWI are required to take this class from a Licensed Substance Abuse Agency. Pathways is a Licensed Substance Abuse Agency.

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