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 involve risk assessments for self-harm, child-abuse and suicide, as well as implementing wrap-around-care (a … More...
Our intern psychologists at Vision Psychology (Mt Gravatt) and M1 Psychology (Loganholme) provide low cost cognitive and intelligence testing. Intern psychologists are supervised by experienced child psychologists with expertise in psychometric testing, educational and developmental psychology, … 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
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects more than 50 000 children in Australia. The condition is characterised by challenging behaviours such as hyperactivity, inattention and impulsivity. These symptoms can also be experienced by many … 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
Have you ever wondered if it is "just tantrums" or could it be Oppositional Defiant Disorder/ODD? What is Oppositional Defiant Disorder/ODD? Oppositional Defiant Disorder (or ODD) is described in the DSM-5, as “a pattern of angry/irritable mood, argumentative/defiant behaviour, or vindictiveness … More
As a registered psychologist and experienced teacher, I am often asked: is my child ready for school - and how can I best help to prepare them? Children come to school with many skills and you as a parent are your child’s first educator! As your child embarks on their first step into formal … More
When parents come to see me, frustrated by their child's bad behaviour, they are often surprised to learn that their child has not necessarily *chosen* to misbehave. Children are all responsible for their behaviour and we are right to teach responsibility for action. Sometimes when we do … More...
Wars, terrorism, bush fires, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, nuclear accidents, plane, train and car crashes, outbreaks of disease - the list of disasters shown on our TV screens and to our vulnerable children, seems endless. One of the downsides of living in the information age, is that … 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
The media is constantly reporting that weight problems in children are at an all time high. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics approximately a quarter of all Australian children (aged 5-17) are overweight, or even obese. Weight problems put children and teenagers at risk of … More