Avance Psychiatry

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in North Carolina

Helping youth overcome emotional, cognitive, and behavioral problems.

At Avance Psychiatry, we work with youth (ages 6 -25 years) and their families to address and overcome emotional, cognitive, and behavioral problems. Under the direction of John Looney, MD, MBA, Chief of this service, traditional and innovative treatments for children, adolescents, and college students are provided by psychiatrists, psychologists and licensed clinical therapists, who have specialized training in youth psychiatry and various therapeutic modalities. With access to an extensive network of specialists, Avance Psychiatry providers are well equipped to handle psychiatric problems that are complicated by neurological conditions, learning disabilities, substance abuse, cognitive challenges or other medical conditions. With very young children, pediatricians may be part of the team.

Informed by current research on medical treatments for behavioral problems in youth, Avance offers early interventions that can improve quality of life for both patient and family, enhance educational engagement, and prevent more serious problems later in life.

Disorders Assessed and Treatments Provided:

  • Psychiatric evaluations and treatment for children, adolescents, and young adults with mood and behavioral disorders, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, affective dysregulation, psychosis, autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, substance abuse, obsessive compulsive disorder (including tics and hair pulling), sleep disorders, and disruptive behaviors.
  • Focused neuropsychological screening as needed to enhance diagnostic specificity and refine treatment recommendations
  • Individualized treatment options are matched to each child’s intellectual and emotional maturity level.
  • Psychopharmacotherapy for all childhood disorders, as warranted.
  • Evidence-based cognitive-behavioral treatments – coordinated with pharmacotherapy.
  • Behavioral therapy provided by clinicians with expertise in multiple therapy modalities.
  • Family therapy, including parent training and behavioral therapy.
  • Group therapy for children and adolescents, as appropriate.

Advantages of Working with Avance Psychiatry and Behavioral Health for Care of Children and Adolescents:

  • Extensive of clinical & research experience among providers.
  • Assessment and Treatment within the context of the family.
  • Smooth coordination with schools and other organizations with which the youth is involved.
  • Ability to assess co-existing substance use concerns.
  • Timely access to assessment and care.
  • Provider affiliations with academic medical centers.
  • Excellent working relationships with professionals providing higher levels of care if needed.


We are accepting new referrals.

Commercial insurances (BC/BS, Aetna, Cigna, Humana) and self-pay accepted.

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