Adolescent Psychiatry

Teenager girl talking with therapist at home.

Adolescence can be a difficult time for children aged 12-18 as they are going through a lot of physical, psychological and social changes in their life. Often feeling misunderstood and frustrated, this is the first real transition towards adulthood.

Because of this, they may need the guidance of experts to help them understand their place in the world and address any issues of sexuality, substance abuse, anxiety and other areas which may affect

If you need referral information, to retrieve patient records, schedule an appointment or just more information, please call 302-320-2100.

Is it an emergency?

Our Psychiatric Crisis Team is a group of specially trained registered nurses who are available 24 hours a day for emergency response. The team offers immediate intervention for those in crisis because of psychiatric illness.


The Adolescent Bridge Program

Provides rapid access to individualized evaluation, care planning and therapy for children and adolescents age 12 and older.

Offers free group therapy sessions for middle school and high school students to address such areas as school anxiety, substance abuse, bullying, and anxiety and mood disorders.

Assists teens with transitioning back to school following therapy.

Other Services

Children at every age experience unique physical, emotional and psychological challenges that may require professional evaluation and treatment. Our interdisciplinary team of professionals includes psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, psychologists, therapists, addiction specialists and counselors who specialize in caring for children with addictive illnesses, behavioral or developmental problems, and psychiatric disorders.

Our comprehensive approach includes a strong emphasis on prevention. Our staff works closely with pediatricians and community services to provide education, counseling and support services designed to identify problems early and to lay the groundwork for healthy social, psychological and emotional development among children and youth.

Services include:

  • Medication management.
  • Family therapy and conflict resolution.
  • Individual counselling and psychotherapy.
  • Group therapy.
  • Treatment for addiction.
  • Crisis management.
  • Education and counselling programs for adolescent parents.
  • Pre- and post-natal support programs for adolescent mothers.
  • Support group for young fathers.

Healthy Choices Group for Teens

The Healthy Choices groups for teens focus on understanding emotional health, effective communication skills, decision making, peer pressure and stress management strategies.

Teens who are interested in participating in a group must first complete a free pre-screening session at the Center for Comprehensive Behavioral Health, 205 W. 14th Street, Wilmington. These appointments are scheduled before or after school hours. Call 302-320-2100 to schedule an assessment appointment.


  • One group for Middle School students (grades 6 – 8)
  • One group for High School students (grades 9 – 12)


  • The Rocco A. Abessinio Family Wilmington Health Center at Wilmington Hospital


  • Middle School student group meets Wednesdays from 4 – 5 p.m.
  • High School student group meets Thursdays from 4 – 5 p.m.

Cost: FREE