Mental Health

Your child's social and emotional health has a huge impact on their physical health and development. Amherst Pediatrics full-time mental health provider, Janine Artis ( licensed mental health counselor ), is available to help address many of the social, emotional, and behavioral concerns that arise during childhood and adolescence. She provides initial assessments for ADHD, Anxiety, and Depression; parent coaching for behavioral challenges; linkage to counselors / psychologists / mentors / psychiatrists in our community that accept your insurance and effectively address your specific need; help with navigating the school system / special education; linkage for early intervention programs, academic evaluations, substance prevention / treatment, and other community services. Janine can be reached at our main number, or you can schedule an appointment with her to discuss any concerns.

Below you will find links for questionnaires that are used at Amherst Pediatrics to determine the nature of specific problems. These are helpful both to determine symptoms severity, and to track improvements as supports are added for your child / family. We may ask you to complete one of these forms prior to your appointment.

If your child is in crisis (for example: self-harm, suicidal thoughts/actions, aggression), call our office immediately. We may initially assess their needs in our office, or refer you to C.A.R.E.S. ( Crisis And Re-stabilization Emergency Services ) at 716-882-4357. We collaborate with many trusted mental health professionals in our community, and will link you with the appropriate services.

Our community is facing an epidemic of substance abuse, marked by the tragic loss of young lives to overdose. This is too common, and we ask that every parent take the first hint of substance abuse seriously. If you suspect that your child is using ANY substances, please call the Early Interventions program at Kids Escaping Drugs for direction and help.   

                                                                                                                              Interview with John Bennett on Vaping                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Interview with John Bennett from Kids Escaping Drugs  


Many of us are struggling with increased anxiety due to the pandemic.  Below are some helpful videos on how you can work to overcome your "Anxiety Monster".

       Progressive relaxation for kids       Cosmic Kids Yoga       Elmo - Belly Breath       Anxiety tips ages 4-11years                   Progressive relaxation for kids                               Cosmic Kids - Yoga                                           Elmo's Belly Breathe                        Talking Anxiety with Janine - Ages 4-11

Click Here for good information regarding mental health, developmental, social, and behavioral concerns which commonly come up during childhood.

Amherst Pediatrics collaborates closely with BestSelf Behavioral Health (formerly Child & Adolescent Treatment Services).  If your child is in need of counseling, please visit this link to become familiar with the services available through BSBH.

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Amherst Pediatric Associates

25 Hopkins Rd

Williamsville, NY 14221



Questions or Comments?

We encourage you to contact us whenever you have an interest about our services. If you are interested in communicating with us electronically through the patient portal please contact the office at (716) 632-8050 and ask to speak with someone regarding activating your patient portal.

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Adjusted hours due to COVID-19

Monday - Friday:

7:00 am - 4:30 pm


8:00 am - 12:00 pm



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Monday - Thursday:

7:00 am - 7:00 pm


7:00 am - 4:30 pm


8:00 am - 12:00 pm