There are time we could all benefit from chatting about our problems, or concerns, with someone who is supportive and impartial. A session with a psychologist can help you and your child navigate a challenging situation in a safe and supportive environment.
What is psychology?
Psychology is understanding how and why people think, feel, behave and react the way they do. A psychologist puts that knowledge to use by helping children who may be struggling with social, emotional, mental health or behavioural difficulties, which can impact their learning, relationships and emotional well-being at home and at school.
Being a parent is the most important job in the world. We want to be there to support and nurture our children, especially when they’re experiencing challenges. For those times when it gets overwhelming and your usual strategies don’t work, our psychologists can help you and your child with support and practical strategies.
What are the goals of psychology?
Families and children come to psychological therapy for different reasons and
symptoms. Therapy, particularly in the early years of a child’s life, can address
concerns when the brain is developing rapidly and is most open to change, which
can have a lasting positive impact into their future.
- Developmental disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities, developmental delays, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and difficulties related to Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Difficulties with emotional regulation and maladaptive behaviour
- Trauma, stressful events and adjustment issues
- Concentration and learning difficulties
- Assessing current difficulties
- Anxiety related disorders
- Mood disorders
Would my child benefit from seeing a psychologist?
There are a number of signs which could indicate your child may benefit from psychology. These may include:
- Presenting with behaviour that is disruptive, concerning or challenging
- Difficulty coping with big changes or transitions in life
- Experienced trauma is struggling or unable to cope
- Extreme emotional reactions, aggression or anger
- Difficulty with relationships e.g. family, siblings, friendship
- Poor concentration, communication and social skills
- Low moods, withdrawal and anxiety
- Challenges with self-esteem
- Avoidance of situations