Childhood can be a challenging time, especially when children have problems with their behavior, attention or mood or when there are difficulties at home or at school. If problems go untreated, children can develop low-self esteem, perform poorly at school, have troubling relationships with friends and family or not live up to their potential.
At Behavioral Health Ireland Center, we want to meet you at these difficult crossroads. We strive to be your partners in helping your child to be successful. We are here to offer hope and partnership in helping your child grow to become a happy, healthy and confident individual. Each child and family has treatment needs that must be tailored to him or her. We value innovative approaches to treatment but understand that there are no shortcuts to a good assessment and individualized treatment plans.
With that in mind, when you come to our offices, we take time to get to know each child and their family and gather the information necessary to help us guide your child. In most cases we will need several visits to fully understand your child's needs as well as the needs of the family. We offer several types of therapy: family, individual, behavioral, group to name a few. Evidence shows that treatment combining therapy and medication administration is superior to medication alone. We focus on providing your child and family with tools to navigate life's storms and to maximize the opportunities for success.
Our multidisciplinary team includes psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, nurse practitioners and nurses. Referrals to other specialists may also be considered. At your request, we may provide recommendations to your child's school and communicate with educators to advocate for your child.
Parents often comment that the care they receive here is comprehensive and different than care previously received. We believe that this is because we are dedicated to understanding your child and to providing them with the tools to be successful.
Laura Montgomery Barefield, MD
Medical Director of Outpatient Services
Children's Behavioral Health Ireland Center
1600 7th Avenue South, Suite 500 McWane
Birmingham, Alabama 35233
Toll Free: 1-800-226-4770 ext. 9193
Children's Behavioral Health - Outpatient Lakeshore
2204 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 410
Birmingham, Alabama 35209
Office Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
If you have an emergency, and your child is in immediate danger of harming her/himself or others, please call 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Room.
For all other types of requests including follow-up appointments, prescription refills, medical records, or billing inquiries, please call our office and select the appropriate prompt.