Therapy for Children
A child psychologist treats emotional problems such as anxiety, sleep disturbance and a wide range of clinical disorders. Our child psychologists work with parents to solve behaviour and mental health problems in children and young people. Cognitive Behaviour Play Therapy is offered to younger children.
The parent is usually asked to speak with the psychologist before she sees the child, and parents are, especially with young children, involved in the treatment program. For young children, the parenting component is very important to therapy outcomes. The foundation of all programs is based on:
- Assessing the nature of the child’s emotional or behavioural problems
- Using approaches with the child that communicate at the child’s age level
- Showing the child how to change their thoughts and behaviour through play and talking
- Using approaches with the child that help them to understand and change
- Teaching parents a new approach to understanding and coping with their child
Difficulties and anxiety problems that are most commonly treated in children and young people include:
- Behavioural problems such as disobedience and oppositional behaviour (defiance)
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder
- Anxiety, worrying
- Fear and avoidance of certain situations
- School refusal
- Bed wetting
- Phobias – anxious avoidance of places, people, or activities
- Separation anxiety
- Excessive temper tantrums or excessive crying
- Insecurity and over-dependence on parent(s)
- Tummy ache, enuresis, inability to relax
- Ritualised behaviours
The following are more often found in the older child:
- Eating disorders
- School refusal
- Social anxiety and avoidance
- Perfectionism, anxiety and avoidance
NDIS and Autism
Both Tina Charles and Hilary Stein are experienced in providing treatment programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. We do not provide Autism assessments.
Tina Charles can offer an individualised parenting program. The program aims to provide parents with skills that will allow them to enjoy their relationship with their child. Often, the parent will learn how to set limits, encourage good behaviours, and feel in control. The aim is for both child and parent to have greater self-esteem and improved behaviour.
Michael Waterman focuses on the art and science of educational assessment. He does learning difficulties assessments, gifted and talented assessments, and also assesses young children in the context of early entry to school. See here for our page on educational assessment.