Having children can be a rewarding and wonderful experience - but it can also leave parents feeling tired, drained, exasperated and confused as to what to do or where to go next. How can a Child and Family Psychologist help? If you are concerned about your child or their behaviour, counselling by an experienced child and family psychologist can help. Each member of our team is experienced in treating children and adolescents with a wide range of issues, such as: Depression Being bullied Anxiety Panic attacks Grief and loss Adjustment disorder Separation anxiety Family relationships (separation and divorce, improving family communication, and supporting blended families) Adolescents feeling lost or directionless about their lives and their future (Adolescent life coaching). All sessions ensure confidentiality, and a duty of care, that involves risk assessments for self-harm, child-abuse and suicide, as well as implementing wrap-around-care (a … More...
We call it an "Emotional Health Checkup". Many of us have been to the local GP for our physical health check-up, but what about our emotional health? We have been listening to what you believe is important! We offer this complimentary service to the public to help YOU find the right … More
A colleague and I were discussing how our caseload of stressed and anxious young people has increased noticeably since we began practice as psychologists many years ago. I thought I’d ask for an “expert” opinion from one of my young clients, who should have no reason to suffer from social anxiety … More
Separation anxiety is considered a natural stage of development in children up to the age of about 6 years. If your child feels worried or anxious when having to say goodbye to mum or dad, they are displaying separation anxiety. It might be a natural stage, but it can still be distressing time … More
Bullying has existed within our schools for an incredibly long time; however that doesn't mean that we should view it as "just a part of life". Research has indicated that bullying contributes to the incidents of low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, suicide and violence. This makes it abundantly … More
Most of us in our parenting journey, have made our child feel guilty for what they have done - especially if they have been mean or hurtful - because we know that it is a great way to motivate them to change their behaviour! Nobody likes feeling guilty or ashamed, so our child is motivated to … More
Many people are puzzled about how children can participate in psychological therapy or counselling. This is because children often do not have the language skills, or understanding, to be able to talk through what is troubling them, unlike adults. As with any psychological therapy, a positive … More
Do you nag your children? Perhaps this sounds all too familiar ... "How many more times do I have to tell you to clean your room? It’s a pig sty! I don’t know how you live in it. It’s no wonder you can't find anything ..." "Did you put your dirty clothes in the basket? It won’t get done … More...
We've all heard that resilience is important - but did you know that as a parent, there are specific strategies and tools you can use to help boost your child's resilience? Why is Resilience Important? The statistics are alarming for parents of young children. Beyond Blue reports that in … More
Although it's common for children to resist bedtime, there are many other sleep problems in children that can occur. As well as not wanting to go to bed, your child may not stay in their bed, have nightmares, sleep walk, have difficulty settling into sleep, or want a parent to stay in the … More
Grief is a normal response to loss, trauma and change. Just like adults, children can experience grief following the death of a family member or friend, the end of a friendship, the death of a family pet, or the loss of independence through disability or a chronic condition like Type 1 … More
What is Asperger's Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder - and how are they linked? Our Clinical Child Psychologist, Leia Redman, explains ... When the latest edition of the diagnostic manual (DSM-V) was released in 2013, Asperger's Syndrome was no longer included; rather, it is now known as … More
With over 20 years of experience in child psychology, I’ve long ago lost count of the number of times I’ve been told by parents or Carers, that there are times when discipline doesn't work with their particular child. They might have tried to discipline their child with strategies such as … More
Many schools are now forced to ban items such as peanut butter, due to the increasing prevalence of food allergies in children. In fact, food allergies affect 250 million people across the world. It will come as no surprise to parents of children with food allergies, that the condition can … More
Is your child's reaction to a certain animal related to fear of the unknown, or a developmental stage or is it something more? Many children love animals and have a special bond with their pets. However, not all children are as comfortable around animals as their peers. A certain amount of … More
Confidentiality is the requirement that psychologists protect their client's privacy by not revealing the contents of therapy. It is also an important tool for building effective therapeutic relationships because clients are more likely to enter therapy and to be completely honest when they know … More