New Comprehensive Mental and Behavioral Health Center for Children and Families

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New mental and behavioral health center for children and families offers unique, collaborative approach into action.

Susanna Quasem was a practicing psychiatrist at Vanderbilt working with children and adolescents when she came to realize the struggle her patients experienced traveling to multiple locations to get different services.

Knowing there was a better way, earlier this year, Quasem founded Nashville Child & Family Wellness Center (, bringing together under one roof a multi-disciplinary team of like-minded and experienced psychiatrists, psychotherapists, a speech pathologist and other specialists for a full-service experience.

“I observed that the best outcomes for patients came when care was coordinated, but it can be a real struggle to have providers talk to each other when counselors are in different places,” Quasem said. “One of our real missions here is to make sure that multi-disciplinary coordination happens.”

The group’s philosophy of collaborative care extends outside the walls of the center, with a belief that closely coordinating with pediatricians, nutritionists, schools and others involved in the mental and behavorial health of their patients can create the most successful experience.

Board certified in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry, Dr. Quasem has practiced in Nashville for six years. She was the founder of a mood and anxiety disorder clinic for children and adolescents at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, is a member of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Tennessee Women in Medicine, and serves as an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Vanderbilt.

The center provides a wide range of evidence-based treatments for mental and behavioral health disorders in children and adults, including psychiatry, individual psychotherapy, couples and family therapy, speech and language therapy, group therapy, pychoeducation evaluation, educational consultation and parent training / child behavior management. It also offers medication management and nutrition consultation.

One service offered is Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) in which a therapist coaches a parent through a one-way mirror and earpiece in a live session with their child. The goal is to teach parent step-by-step skills to decrease disruptive behaviors while maintaining a nurturing and secure relationship. Many pediatricians will prescribe behavioral-based management such as PCIT for children with ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders before trying medication.

The Nashville Child & Family Wellness Center is located in newly remodeled offices at 85 White Bridge Road, Suite 302.

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