Dr. Jennifer Costello is a board-certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist. She attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where she completed her undergraduate degree, and attended the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg. She was initially drawn to osteopathic medicine’s philosophy of using an integrative and whole-person approach to assess and treat patients. From the beginning of medical school, Dr. Costello learned to consider the entire person, their social supports, barriers to care, and other factors, which have continued to shape her approach to medicine.
Dr. Costello completed her adult psychiatric residency and child and adolescent fellowship at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. She worked as a staff psychiatrist at Walter Reed, caring for military members and their families. She is board certified in Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry. She is a member of the American Psychiatry Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dr. Costello takes a collaborative approach to evaluating and treating children and their families. While training has provided her with expertise in medical treatment, Dr. Costello appreciates the importance of your family’s unique experiences and expertise regarding your child and family. A well-rounded, effective, and implementable plan will be created with your child, family, and therapist. When considering whether medication is appropriate, exploration and education are critical to developing shared goals with families. Fully informed decisions are crucial to the overall success of the treatment plan created with families.
Dr. Costello’s goals and priorities:
- Be available for any questions or concerns related to your child’s mental health.
- Building a relationship of trust with the parents and child so that the concerns are fully understood.
- When clinically appropriate, consider new or evolving treatment options to include integrative and alternative treatments.
Dr. Costello works closely with the rest of the Flourish integrative team, including therapists, nutritionists, and occupational therapists. She is honored to work with your family to provide the best possible care for your child.