Therapy for Children
A child psychologist treats emotional problems such as anxiety, sleep disturbance and a whole range of clinical disorder. Our child psychologist will work with the parent to solve behavior and mental health problems in children and young people. Cognitive Behavior 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 a parenting component is very important. The foundation of all programs are based on:
- assessing the nature of the child’s emotional or behavior problems.
- using approaches with the child that communicate at the child’s age level
- showing the child through play and talking how to change their thoughts and behavior
- using approaches with the child that help them to understand and change
- teaching parents a new approach to understanding and coping with their son or daughter
Difficulties and anxiety problems that are most commonly treated in children and young people include:
- Behavioral problems such as disobedience and oppositional behavior (defiance)
- Autistic spectrum disorders
- 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 overly dependent on parent
- Tummy ache, enuresis, inability to relax
- Ritualized behaviors
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. We do not provide autism assessments.
Tina Charles can offer an individualized 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 behaviors and feel in control. The aim is that both child and parent has higher self esteem and better behavior.
We have a psychologist who focuses on the art and science of educational assessment. He does learning difficulties assessments, Gifted and talented assessment and also assesses young children in context of early entry to school. See here for our page on educational assessment.
Children and their parents can see John Gwiazdzinski. Follow this link.