Psychology Melbourne has expert clinical, education and counselling psychologists who have the skills to assess, diagnose and treat conditions affecting children and adolescents, including specific learning disabilities. They can also provide assistance and training for parents.
Children and adolescents go through many of the same emotional difficulties as adults, including depression, anxiety, anger, and issues with friendships or family relationships. They are also part of a world of social networking whose pressures and consequences may be quite beyond the understanding of their parents.
Increasingly, research is uncovering the extraordinary importance that the early development of emotional literacy plays in building resilience in children. Learning about their own and others' emotions, and developing empathy and social skills helps them to avoid later problems with aggression, anxiety and stress. Our specialists can provide children with the emotional skills and understanding that can improve education outcomes and lead to success in adult life. They can also show parents how they can help their children develop good emotional skills and habits.
Our team of expert psychologists helps children of all ages, up to and beyond adolescence. They have extensive knowledge of issues like cyber-bullying and sexting and related matters that can have a dramatic impact on the well-being of today’s younger generation.
Some of our psychologists also have extensive experience in school environments and child and adolescent sporting activities, and can provide a level of support and confidentiality beyond that available in school support networks.
The experience and background of our child and adolescent specialists also gives them a unique perspective on child/parent relationships, and this is increasingly being sought out by parents who need help with parenting issues or parent relationship issues.
Our centre also offers a training program for parents of children aged 6-12 years. It includes three 3-hour weekly workshops on Saturday afternoons and a free follow-up assessment consultation.
Adolescence can be a confusing and stressful time. There are many mental and physical changes that occur from the ages of around 11 to 21, as children move through the process of becoming an adult. Most of the time, the issues can be worked through by the individual, with the support of their family and friends, but sometimes they require some professional help.
We recommend that for the initial session, the parent/s or guardian/s attend without the child, to allow more open discussion of the presenting issues. Subsequent sessions will be conducted in the most appropriate manner, depending on the family and the current problems. The psychologist may spend the entirety of the sessions with the child; the parents may sit in with the child for some or all of the sessions or some time may be spent once again with just the parents.