Child + Adolescent

child_+_adolescent

Child + Adolescent Services 

  
We provide psychological assessment and treatment services to kids, teens, parents, and families experiencing a wide range of difficulties. Our child and adolescent clinical psychologists are highly qualified and specialise in working with kids and teens with anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, self-harm, school stress, behavioural difficulties, and a range of other difficulties. We also offer psychometric and educational assessments to asses learning difficulties, school readiness, and attention problems.

We work to help kids and teens achieve change as quickly as possible and achieve this by tailoring treatment plans to meet your child’s individual needs. The treatment approaches we use are evidence-based and include: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Play Therapy, Attachment-based Interventions, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.

We offer appointments Monday through Saturday – including after-school and after-hours appointments – and can offer initial consultations within 1-3 business days.

What Can I Expect From Sessions? 

  
Initial appointments take between 50 and 60 minutes. Parents are usually required to attend at least part of the initial assessment, if not the whole assessment session. At the initial assessment we’ll discuss what areas your child would like help with, and ask questions that will help us understand what factors might be contributing to their difficulties. Information discussed at the initial appointment will help us tailor a treatment plan to meet your child’s needs. If your child has had treatment in the past that hasn’t been effective we can work together to understand what factors might be preventing them from achieving change.

In subsequent sessions we’ll help your child achieve change with age-appropriate evidence-based treatment strategies. Younger children in particular struggle to talk about their feelings so we often use art, games, or other play therapy techniques to help children express themselves. Depending on the nature of the problem, parents and other family members may be required to attend some sessions. Subsequent sessions are approximately 50-minutes.

How Many Sessions Will I Need?

How many sessions your child will need will depend on the nature and complexity of their difficulties and the amount of time you have to dedicate to homework tasks (if this applies). People usually attend between 8 to 12 sessions, but simpler issues may take only 2 or 3 sessions and more complex issues may require longer term work. We’ll be able to give you a better estimate of how many sessions you’ll need after your initial assessment.