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YES Psychiatric Services Help Kids Feel Whole Again

Lidia Harding
Blog Staff Spotlight

“Before I came here, I felt like a blank Facebook photo—just a name. Now I’m not just existing: I have a face and an identity.”

It’s comments like these from children and teens that convince our psychiatrists that they’re doing the right work.

In 2017, YES served 141 clients through our psychiatric services. Dr. Ellika McGuire and Dr. Rebecca Hopkinson worked with YES’ therapists and clinical directors to treat anxiety, depression, ADHD and many other issues that enhance the effectiveness of their mental health counseling. In this way, YES provides services for the whole person by offering integrated care.

Dr. Hopkinson joined YES in November 2015 when the agency first expanded its psychiatric services—a move that quadrupled the number of hours available for psychiatric consults. Then, last year, YES welcomed Dr. McGuire, whose presence at YES is part of a collaboration with Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Rebecca Hopkinson completed both medical school and her psychiatry residency in New York and came to the West Coast to complete her specialty training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Washington. She has a wide variety of interests, including mood and anxiety disorders, psychosis, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and working with the LGBTQ population.

Dr. Ellika McGuire, MD, attended Brown University and Vanderbilt University. She completed an internship in pediatrics at Seattle Children’s before transitioning to the field of psychiatry. She completed her adult psychiatry training at the University of Washington, and then returned to Seattle Children’s to complete a two-year fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. McGuire has been working in the Co-Occurring Disorders Clinic at Seattle Children’s for the past year. Her interests include mood and anxiety disorders, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) LGBTQ issues, and cultural psychiatry.

“We heard from parents and the community that they wanted our psychiatric services to be more accessible,” says Patti Skelton-McGougan, YES’ executive director. “We’re excited to be able to better meet the needs of the families we serve.”

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Learn more about how you and your family can get started with services today. Reach us at 425-747-4937. You can also learn more about what to expect when you call and for your first appointment on our website.

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