Mental & Behavioral Health

At Panda Pediatrics, we believe your child’s emotional, mental, and social needs are just as important as their physical health.

We provide psychiatry, mental and behavioral health services to children & adolescents as part of an integrated, whole-person treatment plan. 

Services include Individual & Family Therapy, Play Therapy, along with diagnosis and treatment for:

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Welcoming All Who Need Care

1 in 5 children in our community grapples with mental health challenges. At Panda Pediatrics, we are dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible pediatric mental health services and being a trusted resource for families seeking help. Regardless of income or insurance status. 

As part of the Heartland family, Panda Pediatrics accepts patients who are uninsured, children covered by Medicaid/KanCare, and most commercial insurance. We offer a sliding fee scale for our patients, making high-quality care affordable.  Patients who fit our income guidelines (≤ 200% Federal Poverty Level) are eligible for the sliding fee scale once they provide proof of income. This sliding fee scale is used to discount all out-of-pocket costs.

Panda Pediatrics is an LGBTQIA+ Safe Space

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Your Child's Mental & Behavioral Health Team

Amanda Coonrod

LSCSW, BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Play Therapy Certified. Pediatric Therapist.

Megan Davies

MEGAN DAVIES

LSCSW, BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Certified. Pediatric Therapist.

Dr. Nick evengelidis

CHILD & ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRIST

Board-Certified Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist.

Play Therapy at Panda Pediatrics

Play is the language of children. We use strategies such as Play Therapy to help kids improve their mental health.

At Heartland Panda Pediatrics, our Registered Play Therapist works with children using play to help them communicate their feelings and issues that may be troubling them. This type of therapy is helpful for children who experience: 

  • Behavioral problems, such as anger management,grief and loss, divorce and abandonment, and crisis and trauma.
  • Behavioral disorders, such as anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity (ADHD), autism or pervasive developmental, academic and social developmental, physical and learning disabilities, and conduct disorders.

 

In addition to being an effective method of identifying and treating mental health issues, play therapy also teaches children that it is safe (and maybe even fun) to express their feelings with a therapist. 

"Kids don't just come in here and talk. They work through what's going on through their play. It makes it less intimidating if it's happened to the dinosaurs and not to them." - Amanda Coonrod, LSCSW, RPT.

News & Information from Heartland

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Mental Wellness: A Vital Journey for People of Color

For far too long, communities of color have endured systemic barriers that hinder access to mental health resources, perpetuating a cycle of silence and suffering. However, as awareness grows and conversations evolve, it’s crucial to underscore the importance of therapy and good mental health within these communities..

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If You Are Experiencing A Crisis

If you or someone you know needs support now, call or text 988 or chat 988Lifeline.org. 988 connects you with a trained crisis counselor who can help. Reach out to the Suicide Hotline by calling or texting 9-8-8 any time. It’s free and confidential.

The Bert Nash Center provides emergency mental health services 24-hours a day, 7 days a week to people of all ages in Douglas County. If you are experiencing a crisis and need immediate assistance, call 785-843-9192.