Services for Children and Adolescents

Children, young people and families may attend this service for assistance with anxiety and other issues commonly experienced during childhood and adolescence.

These include:

  • separation anxiety
  • social anxiety
  • obsessive compulsive disorder
  • health anxiety
  • selective mutism
  • panic disorder
  • specific phobias (e.g. needles, dogs, lifts, wind)
  • depression
  • difficulties with emotional expression (e.g. anger, frustration, sadness, tantrums)
  • difficulties with self-regulation of behaviour (eg impulsivity, aggression, hyperactivity, attention deficits, oppositionality)
  • developmental disorders such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder, developmental delay, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • stress management
  • building confidence and resilience
  • strengthening parent-child relationships

Working with Children, Adolescents and Parents

Children and adolescents are “learners in life” and they and their families can benefit from attending therapy sessions to ensure this learning occurs in a way that maximises children’s (and parents’) well-being and potential.

Strong and connected relationships with parents, siblings, other family members, friends, teachers and others are important to protect and support children and young people in their development.

In general, parents, and (where appropriate) siblings, will be involved in the treatment process or at least informed about how they can contribute positively to the treatment and support of their child or adolescent. Parents may have a role as “coach” or support person for the child or young person, or may work more directly with the psychologist, developing collaborative problem-solving skills and learning ways to more effectively connect with and support the development of their child and the ongoing parent-child (and sibling) relationships.