Child and Adolescent Psychology and Therapy
Our team of child psychologists and adolescent psychologists are experienced in working with children and adolescents to provide therapy. Our child and adolescent psychologists work closely with primary schools, preschools and high schools in the Hills District, and across Sydney to improve the mental wellbeing of children of all ages – from preschool through to teenagers.
Children and families may opt to work privately with our child psychologists, or they may be referred to us through their school, paediatrician or GP for therapy. We often work in conjunction with the school learning support team, the school counsellors and with class teachers. When necessary, we visit schools to conduct assessments or to meet with the others to ensure a team approach to solving problems.
We understand getting the right fit of child psychologist or adolescent psychologist will be important. Both you and your child need to be comfortable with the person you choose, and comfortable with the methods of assessment and the type of treatment or therapy chosen. For tweens, teenagers or adolescents, we understand how important the therapy room is – a safe space where fears of embarrassment, shame and punishment are left behind, and a team approach to problem solving is created. Parents are often surprised by how much their teenagers look forward to their psychology sessions with our child psychologists, despite initially being either ambivalent or not wanting to come at all.
For younger children, they may or may not want mum or dad to sit in on child psychology sessions. Sometimes, when skills building it can be a real pleasure to watch children explain to their parents what they have learned, and for the child to be able to ask mum or dad to help with their home practise. Skills building is a large part of cognitive behavioural therapy
A collaborative, holistic approach to mental health and wellbeing underpins our work. in our child psychology approach, we want to read any reports you have already gathered, and we always recommend that your child or teen has a GP check up, as well as an eye check and a hearing test prior to your appointment. We believe excellence in clinical psychology assessments starts with a very wide lens – and that involves ruling things out based on careful collection of evidence.