Our psychologists use an educational and developmental approach where we work with the family, GPs, and specialists to ensure that as a team, we find the best path forward to support your child’s needs. We also use a trauma informed lens in all our work and delight in highlighting and uncovering your child’s strengths.
Initially, the first session for all children 10 years and under is a parent-only session where we will meet with parents. This allows for a thorough child and family history to be taken and an open discussion about your concerns, plan for therapy and goals. In most cases, it is considered essential to work in therapy with parents and the child to ensure a collaborative and meaningful approach to change. We strongly encourage both parents or primary caregivers to attend where possible. Of course, there are cases where only one parent is involved in therapy due to separation/divorce and other reasons. Please take time to read our separated parents and safety guidelines here
Additionally, collaboration with schools and an observation of your child at school may also form an important part of the therapeutic process. Your psychologist will discuss any recommendations with you during the first session and give you guidelines on the length and frequency of appointments to achieve the most effective and efficient outcomes for your child.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a pattern of inattention or hyperactive-impulsive behaviour, or both, that interferes with how a child functions or develops.
Anxiety can be generalised or it can be specific to social situations, performance, separation from a parent, mutism or school refusal.
There are different types of OCD. Some include checking, contamination, ruminating, intrusive thoughts, symmetry/ordering and hoarding.
Autism Spectrum Disorder is associated with social communication problems, black and white thinking, sensory challenges and behavioural difficulties.
Some children can exhibit anti-social behaviour and aggressive behaviour such as kicking, hitting, swearing, screaming or self-harm.
Some children can be easily overwhelmed so they need to be taught skills so they feel confident to manage big emotions.
The source of a lot of behavioural and emotional difficulties with children can be traced to sleeping problems which need to be addressed.
Negative self-talk can be crippling, especially in social situations for children. They may compare themselves to their peers and put themselves down.