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Pediatric Functional Neurological Disorder Clinic

The FND clinic aims to treat children and adolescents suffering from Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) and specializes in children and adolescents with Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures (PNES). FND is diagnosed when altered voluntary motor or sensory function do not match up with known neurological or medical conditions, and is commonly thought to be due to an involuntary displacement of negative emotions onto physical symptoms. FND, also known as conversion disorder, has high morbidity with numerous visits to doctors and emergency room, use of anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs), and disruption of and absence from school – left untreated, affected children suffer significant symptom burden and often develop additional physical symptoms and comorbid psychiatric disorders such as anxiety and depression.

We provide a thorough clinical evaluation resulting in recommendations for an individualized treatment plan in a collaborative setting with neurologists, medical specialists, psychologists, and school staff. In addition, we assess for comorbid psychiatric diagnoses as well as functioning in different areas of the life of the adolescent using a variety of tools.

For patients 18 years and older, please visit the Functional Neurological Disorder Program page.

This Program Provides

  • Assessment
  • Consultation
  • Psychoeducation
  • Evaluation of co-occurring psychiatric diagnoses such as anxiety and depression
  • Time limited specialized psychotherapy to target symptoms of FND/CD
  • Medication if indicated
  • Behavioral interventions (behavioral plans, school re-entry)

Clinic Director

Gisela Sandoval
Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences

For an appointment, please call:


To make a referral:

Please complete the above form and fax it to (650) 497-4246 with medical records from neurologist that report the positive clinical findings from examination.