Services for Children & Adolescents

Children and adolescents who are experiencing difficulties in areas of their intellectual, emotional, and social development can be assisted by undertaking psychological treatment.

Our psychologists are trained to work with younger people specifically. We focus on the treatment of depression, anxiety, bullying, stress, self-esteem, drugs and alcohol, peer pressure, relationships and any other issues impacting on a child's general wellbeing.

If your child or adolescent has any of the following difficulties, counselling with a psychologist may be helpful:

    • Defiance, tantrums, or oppositional behaviour
    • Mood changes, such as crying more, appearing sad, or worrying excessively
    • Anxiety about separating from you, or "clingy" behaviour
      • Refusing to go to school
      • Changes in sleeping or eating patterns
      • Risk-taking behaviour
      • Self-harm
      • Attention & Concentration difficulties
    • Being bullied
    • Difficulty connecting with peers
    • Decline in performance at school
    • Difficulty adjusting to changes, such as parents separating or loss of loved ones

We also do child & adolescent assessments and reports, and provide parent & carer training and support. Additionally, we see children and adolescents with complex trauma, autism spectrum disorder, and sensory processing disorders.

If we could look at all behaviour as language, we would understand so much more about our kids (and ourselves) and
be able to support their needs before things become unmanageable.
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Co regulation is when we, as adults, can model for our children the behaviour and emotional intelligence we are hoping to develop in them.
If we are calm and safe, we teach our children they are safe and can too be calm.
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Does anyone else feel like they say the same thing over and over again? Very simple ideas to help reduce the repetition.
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Some ideas for how to approach your child when they are struggling in a supportive and safe way.
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This fortnight we will be focusing on connection with children. How do we build and keep positive relationships with our children?
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When experiencing anxiety, it can be incredibly difficult to communicate what is happening for you. This simple chart is great for communicating with loved ones about what is happening for them, or for you. Excellent for use with kids and teenagers too. #anxiety #communication #psychology #mentalhealth #privatepractice #drolgalavalle #wollongong #womeninbusiness #ilovewollongong #smallbusiness #illawarra #psychologist #humansciences #childpsychology #familytherapy #psychologicalassessments #health #selfcare #medical #medicine #forensicpsychology #forensic #knowledgeispower #adolescentmentalhealth #empoweringpeople #professionaldevelopment #therapy #familytherapy #couplestherapy #strongfamilies ... See MoreSee Less

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