Dr. Theodore A. Henderson, MD, PhD, Psychiatrist
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Dr. Theodore A. Henderson, MD, PhD

Adolescent Psychiatrist | Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

3979 E Arapahoe Rd Suite 200 Littleton CO, 80122



Dr. Theodore Henderson practices Child & Adolescent Psychiatry in Littleton, CO. Dr. Henderson evaluates patients throughout childhood and adolescence using many different procedures, in order to determine what treatments must be carried out in order to properly assess their symptoms. Child & Adolescent Psychiatrists are trained and certified to administer psychotherapy, medication, and many other means of treatment. Dr. Henderson seeks to improve each patients quality of life.

Education and Training

Saint Louis University School of Medicine MD and PhD 0

Saint Louis University School of Medicine 1994

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Dr. Theodore A. Henderson, MD, PhD
Dr. Theodore A. Henderson, MD, PhD's Expert Contributions
  • how do i stop this

    Hi Rose. First, you are very resourceful and smart to have come on this forum. I will answer your question and I want you to share it with your folks. Problem #1 is that your fluoxetine is not doing the job. It is not the greatest for treating anxiety. Talk with your doctor about buspirone as a second medication that is specifically made to treat anxiety. It can be added to the fluoxetine. If your doctor is not a child psychiatrist, then it is time to see one. They are more knowledgeable about these things and may be more comfortable with medications like buspirone or gabapentin to treat anxiety. As for what you can do. #1 wear socks and change them at least twice a day #2 - treat your skin on your feet with a cream for athlete's foot - this will help them heal and soften them so there is not so much to pick at #3 - wear gloves - like winter gloves or mittens. This will serve as a reminder not to pick. #4 - get a fidget toy or some beads on a string to fidget with when you are feeling anxious. READ MORE

  • What does a psychiatrist do for bipolar disorder?

    As I wrote about in a recent publication (McLean et al, Increased Asymmetric Perfusion of the Cerebral Cortices and Thalamus Indicates Individuals at Risk for Bipolar Disorder: A Family Cohort SPECT Neuroimaging Study Frontiers in Psychiatry, 2022): Bipolar disorder is a significant mental illness affecting over 4 million people in North America and approximately 46 million worldwide. READ MORE

  • Do psychiatrists treat child sleep disorders?

    Yes, sleep disorders in children are very much something that a psychiatrist can help with. You would want to choose a child psychiatrist if possible. READ MORE

  • I think i have ocd

    This condition is called Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder or OCD. It is characterized by intrusive thoughts (about being dirty in your case) or "obsessions" which cause increasing anxiety until behavior is done to reduce the anxiety (in your case, hand washing). This pattern of intrusive thoughts, rising anxiety, and relieving behaviors repeat over and over. The repetitive behaviors are called "compulsions". OCD responds well to cognitive -behavioral therapy and to serotonin-reuptake inhibitors. However, the doses of SSRIs required to treat OCD are generally higher than those used to treat depression. READ MORE

  • How can I treat my anxiety at home?

    The best "at-home" treatment for anxiety, which I recommend to virtually all of my patients, is meditation. You don't have to be able to sit in a lotus position, but you do have to be persistent. Meditation feels awkward and pointless at the beginning, but keep practicing. It often helps to start with a meditation or mindfulness app on your phone. There are dozens to choose from. Commit to spending 15 minutes per day for at least three weeks. I have patients who have been able to work their way off of medications by using daily meditation. Good luck and good health. READ MORE

  • What do I do about this?

    Please tell the clinician that is prescribing your medications about these experiences. READ MORE

  • Can a psychiatrist help with OCD?

    There are two major approaches to OCD - cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and medication. A psychiatrist is the best choice for handling the medication piece because OCD can be tricky to treat. Often the doses of medications need to be higher than that used to treat depression. Also, combinations of medications are often needed to fully control OCD symptoms. READ MORE

  • How do I stop panic attacks at night?

    Panic attacks at night are not uncommon in Panic Disorder. An adjustment to your medication might be helpful. If you are not on medication, it might be worth considering. Doing things that are calming before bed, such as using a meditation app on your phone may also be helpful. READ MORE

  • My daughter is prone to hormonal depression. What can I do?

    There is no question that hormonal shifts with the menstrual cycle can play havoc with the brain. We did an internal study at an imaging center for which I served as the medical director. We did functional brain scans (SPECT scans) with female volunteers among the staff at mid-cycle and right before their menstrual periods. The brain scans at mid-cycle looked normal and healthy and the scans before the menstrual period looked like the brains had been chewed on by rats. I am completely convinced that the brain is under attack by these hormonal shifts and have no doubt of the experiences women have reported to me about their thinking and their moods before the period. That said, I have found a number of things that can be helpful. Of course, first is the FDA-approved use of SSRI's (particularly fluoxetine) for 3 days before the menstrual period through the end of the period. This on and off use of an SSRI underscores that SSRI's increase serotonin almost immediately - within hours. Another approach is acupuncture. Some acupuncture practitioners understand these female issues and know how to help. I have not found supplements that are helpful. Another alternative is oral contraceptives. They tend to level out the swings in hormones that can reduce the assault on the brain. READ MORE

  • Can yoga help my son improve his concentration?

    Absolutely - if it includes a mindfulness component. Mindfulness, either in meditation or yoga, is very helpful for improving concentration and focus. It is also very calming. I have 8 and 10 years olds doing mindful meditation with their mothers or fathers every morning and they no longer have as severe anxiety or ADHD symptoms at school. READ MORE

Areas of expertise and specialization

radiologynuclear medicine/PETpsychopharmacologybrain scienceslaser technologypsychiatric genetics


  • National Institute of Mental Health Outstanding Resident Award 1997  
  • Weis Humanitarian Award Year  
  • nominated for a Student Life Leadership Award Year  
  • Departmental Award Year Department of Community and Family Medicine 
  • Patients Choice Award (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008) Year  
  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011) Year  
  • On-Time Doctor Award (2015, 2014) Year  
  • Patients’ Choice 5th Anniversary Award 2015  
  • Top 10 Doctor - Metro Area 2014  
  • Top 10 Doctor - State 2014  

Professional Memberships

  • Society of Nuclear Medicine –Brain Imaging Council  
  • Society for Neuroscience  
  • American Medical Association  
  • American Psychiatric Association  
  • American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry  
  • Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society  
  • Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society  
  • Phi Sigma Biology Honorary Society  


  • University of Colorado child and adolescent psychiatry 

Dr. Theodore A. Henderson, MD, PhD's Practice location

Practice At 3979 E Arapahoe Rd Suite 200

3979 E Arapahoe Rd Suite 200 -
Littleton, CO 80122
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Dr. Theodore A. Henderson, MD, PhD has a rating of 4 out of 5 stars based on the reviews from 54 patients. FindaTopDoc has aggregated the experiences from real patients to help give you more insights and information on how to choose the best Adolescent Psychiatrist in your area. These reviews do not reflect a providers level of clinical care, but are a compilation of quality indicators such as bedside manner, wait time, staff friendliness, ease of appointment, and knowledge of conditions and treatments.

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Get to know Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist Dr. Theodore A. Henderson, who serves patients in Denver, Colorado.

Dr. Henderson is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist & psychopharmacology expert with extensive training and experience in radiology, nuclear medicine, psychopharmacology, brain sciences, laser technology, and psychiatric genetics. He is the Co-Founder of Neuro-Luminance Brain Health Centers, Inc., the Director of The Synaptic Space, and Medical Director of a private psychiatry practice in Denver, Colorado.

Dr. Henderson has developed new and unique treatments using a variety of modalities. He currently holds three patents and has a patent-pending. In particular, he has two patents on using infrared light therapy to treat brain injury and other neurological and/or psychiatric conditions. Proud of his patients’ responses to his methodology and treatments, Dr. Henderson has specific expertise treating traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome, anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, dementia, and fibromyalgia.

Academically, he attended medical school and graduate school at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, earning both an MD and a PhD. While in medical school, he studied heart pathology under Dr. Vernon Fischer. He earned an American Heart Association Medical Student Research Fellowship. His graduate work focused on how the brain develops its complex organization. After completing graduate school in 1992, he returned to the clinical years of medical school while simultaneously being awarded NIH research funding for his ongoing research. He graduated medical school in 1994 and continued his dual track of Medicine and research. 1997, he was awarded the National Institute of Mental Health Outstanding Resident Award for his ongoing efforts in child abuse prevention and neurobiological research.

Wanting to further his education, Dr. Henderson trained for one year in radiology, focusing on neuroimaging and pediatrics. With this strong base, he then undertook a residency in psychiatry at Washington University’s program at Barnes/Jewish Hospitals in St. Louis, and completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Colorado. This included additional specialization in programs specifically for children and adults with autism, mental retardation, and other developmental disabilities. 

Dr. Henderson has always been passionate about helping his community. In 1991, he founded the Child Abuse Prevention Task Force at Saint Louis University while in medical school. This program taught children, parents, and teachers about child sexual abuse and how to prevent it. Each year, this program reached over 8,000 children throughout the metro St. Louis area, primarily in the poor inner-city schools. The program was awarded numerous awards, including a Saint Louis University Community Service Award, Commendations from the school districts, and an award from the American Medical Student Association. He also wrote a training manual on this program that was implemented at other medical schools and he co-wrote a book chapter in the book, A Parent’s & Teacher’s Handbook on Identifying and Preventing Child Abuse (1998).

With a passion for teaching, Dr. Henderson has taught neuroimaging courses, continuing medical education courses, and lectures regularly at national and international meetings. His numerous published works – research articles, lay press articles, book chapters, and books – cover a broad range of topics including infrared light treatment of brain disorders and neuroimaging, as well as unique treatment approaches to depression, chronic fatigue, ADHD, and anxiety.

In good standing with a number of professional organizations, he is an active member of the Society of Nuclear Medicine –Brain Imaging Council, the Society for Neuroscience, the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society, the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, and the Phi Sigma Biology Honorary Society. He is currently president of the International Society of Applied Neuroimaging. 

A noted researcher, Dr. Henderson’s work has resulted in scientific and medical breakthroughs. His team’s work was recognized by Discover Magazine as one of the top scientific breakthroughs of 2015. He recently co-authored the procedure guidelines for SPECT brain imaging used by the Canadian Association of Nuclear Medicine. He is a guest editor for a number of journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Journal of Neuropsychiatry, and the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.

Psychiatry is the medical specialty devoted to the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of mental disorders. These include various maladaptations related to mood, behavior, cognition, and perceptions. Child and adolescent psychiatrists advocate for the mental health, educational and care needs of young people as well as the prevention of disorder and distress and promotion of emotional well-being.

Among his most notable achievements, Dr. Henderson received the Weis Humanitarian Award recognizing outstanding humanitarian care as a medical student. He was also nominated for a Student Life Leadership Award and earned a Departmental Award from the Department of Community and Family Medicine. More recently, he has been the recipient of the Patients; Choice Award (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008), Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011), On-Time Doctor Award (2015, 2014), Patients’ Choice 5th Anniversary Award (2015), Top 10 Doctor – Metro Area (2014), and Top 10 Doctor – State (2014).

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