Psychology - For Referring Providers

Mary Bridge High FiveMary Bridge Children’s Psychology Services accepts referrals for both inpatient and outpatient consultations.

To make a referral for Psychology Consultation or Neuropsychology Consultation for a child who is currently in the hospital and needs to be seen prior to discharge, please enter an order in Epic. We have an on-call provider responding to these consults Monday-Friday. We make an effort to see all consults on the same day as requested; late afternoon consult requests may be seen the next morning.

If you have a question about a referral for inpatient consultation, please page the on-call provider, 253-403-2200, or call our office at 253-403-4437, option 2.

To make a referral for outpatient consultation for diagnostic clarification and treatment recommendations, please enter an order in Epic and send an in-basket in Epic to our nursing pool P 90052. If you do not have access to Epic, please fax your referral to 253-403-1235. To make a referral for outpatient therapy or biofeedback, please enter an order in Epic and send an in-basket in Epic to our nursing pool, P 90052. If you do not have access to Epic, please fax your referral to 253-403-1235.

If you have questions about outpatient consults, outpatient therapy, or biofeedback, please send an in-basket to our nursing pool, P 90052. If you do not have access to Epic, please call our office at 253-403-4437, option 2, and ask to speak with one of the nurses.

When to Refer

Please use the following guidelines when making a referral decision for your patient.

Reasons to Refer for Inpatient Consulation

  • Patient/family struggling to cope with a new diagnosis of a chronic illness.
  • Patient is experiencing depression or anxiety to such a degree it is interfering with their medical care, recovery or is preventing discharge.
  • Patient with acute or chronic pain that is in need of a multidisciplinary approach to pain management.
  • Patient dealing with mental illness, developmental delay or behavioral challenges that are making care difficult, or preventing staff from providing care.
  • Trauma patients or family members who may be experiencing an acute stress reaction.
  • Patients who have or may have had a concussion or other brain injury.
  • Physician is requesting consultation for the medical team.

Reasons to Refer for Outpatient Consulation

  • Physician is concerned about possible undiagnosed mental health problem and they are seeking clarification for themselves or their patients.
  • Parent is seeking recommendations for child with a mental health problem who has not been benefiting from treatment.
  • Physician is concerned that a child has been misdiagnosed or inadequately diagnosed and is seeking additional consultation.
  • Physician is unsure if a child would benefit from outpatient therapy or from some other form of intervention.

Reasons to Refer for Outpatient Therapy

  • Patient has a medical diagnosis and also a mood disorder that is interfering with their medical care or compliance.
  • Patient has a medical diagnosis and they are struggling with issues of coping or adjustment to illness.

Reasons to Refer for Biofeedback

  • Patients with pain conditions such as headache, musculoskeletal pain, abdominal pain.
  • Patients who will benefit from learning self regulation skills to mitigate stress-related illnesses.