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
Congratulations - you're expecting an addition to the family! While this can be a very exciting time, many parents worry about how how their older child (or children) will handle the changes. It is common for children to feel confused, left out, jealous or even angry about a new addition … More
Sometimes people are surprised to learn that children can suffer from anxiety. Just like adults, children can experience feelings of inadequacy, or worry, nervousness and apprehension about an event with an uncertain outcome. If you are a parent, concerned about your child and anxiety, … More
Does your child's anger and aggression leave you feeling frustrated and emotionally drained? Dealing with aggression, anger, and non-compliance in children is one of the most challenging aspects of being a parent. Trying to calm down a raging child can be alarming, distressing and even downright … 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
Research shows that it is best to be honest with children and discuss with them the parents’ decision to divorce. It is important for the child that during this discussion you avoid arguments, fighting, blaming and name calling. Regardless of their age, all children are affected in some … 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
Of course you love them - but have you been having difficulties bonding with your child? Maybe despite the love, you feel distant from them, like they don’t need you or want you around? Or you just cannot understand them and their behaviour no matter how much you try? Maybe, no matter how much … More
The symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are characterised into three groups: Inattention - For example, careless mistakes on school work, homework or other things your child does; difficulty sustaining their attention on tasks or games; difficulty listening and easily … 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