Behavioral Health Clinic

Washington DC Behavioral Health Clinic

The Boys Town Behavioral Health Clinic offers outpatient services for families with children from infancy to 22 who are experiencing social/emotional, academic, or behavior concerns. Learn more about our clinic and our staff below.

We are currently accepting new patients. If you have questions, please call 202-650-6361.

About Our Clinics

We have the training, experience and expertise necessary to provide your family with the support and guidance that your child or adolescent needs to help them succeed.

If you are a physician, educator, or parent who is concerned about a child or adolescent's current functioning, turn to the Boys Town Washington DC Behavioral Health Clinic in Washington DC, Woodbridge, VA or Lorton, VA.​ The Clinic offers a wide range of outpatient services for children of all ages who are experiencing behavioral, emotional, social, or academic concerns.

  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Oppositional and Conduct Problems
  • School-Based Behavioral and Academic Problems
  • Anxiety/Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Worry
  • Depression
  • Verbal/Physical Aggression and Anger Management
  • Bedtime Problems and Sleep Disorders
  • Following Instructions/Accepting Decisions
  • Peer and Sibling Relationships
  • Phobias
  • Enuresis (Wetting the bed/pants)
  • Encopresis (Soiling underpants)
  • Habits (hair pulling, fingernail biting, and thumb sucking)
  • Feeding Problems and Eating Disorders
  • Difficulties with adjustment (Divorce, relocation, significant changes in the family)
  • Trauma

Endowment Fund

Boys Town Washington DC Behavioral Health Clinic Endowment Fund

With income earned annually from interest, the Boys Town Washington DC Behavioral Health Clinic Endowment Fund will provide a core of solid financial support to help sustain the Clinic’s long-term viability and the continuation of our critical work.

The Endowment Fund will enable the Behavioral Health Clinic to become self-supporting and self-sustaining. By investing in the Fund, you will help ensure perpetual support of the Clinic’s role in saving children and healing families, now and in the future.

Thank you for choosing to support our mission of Changing the Way America Cares for Children and Families.

Kid Tips Book

Kid T.I.P.S - From the Experts at Boys Town

A publication for parents on the emotional, social and behavioral development of children.

Boys Town has been caring for children and supporting families for more than 100 years, so we understand the needs of parents and the best strategies for meeting the challenges they face, like teaching children how to consistently follow instructions, work hard in school, get along with others, and make good decisions. We pride ourselves on not only doing research on parenting, but also putting that research into action. You can be confident that our strategies give parents real-world solutions that work.

Our Professional Staff

Boys Town offers a wide range of services for children who are experiencing behavioral, emotional, academic or substance use concerns.

If you are a parent, physician, educator or mental health care provider who is concerned about the behavior of a child in your care, we can help. Our mental health practitioners, psychiatrists and physicians work closely with families, schools and other referrers to provide the best care for children and adolescents.

Natalie Sergent
Psy.D., Clinic Director

Dr. Natalie Sergent is a licensed clinical psychologist with career experience in child and adolescent behavioral health. Prior to her role at Boys Town, Dr. Sergent was the psychology training director at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT, overseeing their APA-accredited predoctoral internship program, their postdoctoral fellowship program, and their practicum student program. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of South Carolina, her masters and doctoral training at the University of Indianapolis, and her predoctoral internship at Primary Children’s Hospital. She also completed a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at the same location, providing therapy and assessment services to children, adolescents, and their families in outpatient and day treatment settings. Dr. Sergent has been trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Her primary clinical interests are in trauma treatment, treating depression and suicidality in adolescents, and supervision/training.

Avital Deskalo
Ph.D., Staff Psychologist

Dr. Avital Deskalo is a licensed psychologist at the Boys Town Washington D.C. Behavioral Health Clinic. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Delaware. Following her undergraduate education, she earned her M.S.Ed. in Learning and Developmental Sciences and her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Indiana University-Bloomington. At Indiana University, Dr. Deskalo gained experience in therapy and assessments in multiple treatment settings, including Riley Hospital for Children, Madison Juvenile Correctional Facility, community mental health centers and schools. She completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health in Boys Town, Nebraska. Dr. Deskalo's clinical interests include: anxiety, disruptive behavior, ADHD, and ​traumatic stress.

Emma Larson
Ph.D., Staff Psychologist

Dr. Emma Larson is a licensed psychologist who has a background in working with children and adolescents exhibiting emotional and behavioral difficulties. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Maryland College Park and her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Louisiana State University. Dr. Larson completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Boys Town’s Center for Behavioral Health in Omaha, NE. She has experience treating and assessing children in various settings including community mental health centers, residential care, schools, and in-patient facilities. Her clinical interests include disruptive behaviors, anxiety, and OCD.

Christopher R. Robert
Ph.D., Staff Psychologist

Dr. Christopher R. Robert is a licensed psychologist with expertise delivering​ outpatient care to individuals exhibiting mental and behavioral health challenges. His clinical interests include treatments for depression, anxiety and anxiety-related disorders, oppositional and defiant behaviors, and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and psychological assessment. He has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings, including inpatient facilities and schools. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida and completed his predoctoral internship with the Florida Consortium for Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health.

Rebecca Cowan
Psy.D., Staff Psychologist

Dr. Rebecca Cowan is a licensed psychologist at the Boys Town Washington DC Behavioral Health Clinic. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from The George Washington University. Dr. Cowan graduated with her M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hartford. Dr. Cowan completed her predoctoral internship at Terry Children’s Center within Delaware’s Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services. She went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship at the Behavior Management Clinic at Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her clinical interests include anxiety disorders, ADHD, and disruptive behavio​rs. Dr. Cowan is currently a certified Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) therapist.​

Elizabeth Banks
Ph.D., Staff Psychologist

Dr. Elizabeth Banks is a licensed psychologist at the Boys Town Washington DC Behavioral Health Clinic. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from Abilene Christian University. Upon completion of her undergraduate studies, Dr. Banks completed her graduate studies at Oklahoma State University, receiving her M.S. in Educational Psychology and Ph.D. in School Psychology. She completed her predoctoral internship at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, the Center for Effective Schools. During her graduate studies, Dr. Banks gained experience in assessment and behavioral skills training for youth with emotional behavioral disorders. She has worked with children, adolescents and families in school and clinical settings. Her clinical interests include disruptive behaviors, ADHD and anxiety disorders.


4801 Sargent Road NE
Washington DC 20017