What We Do
At Kids and Teens Psychology we provide a range of services to help children, adolescents and families be their best. We work with a range of ages, from early childhood to early adulthood, and of course, parents and carers of all ages. We aim to get to the core of the problem, so we can help your child or teenager achieve real and lasting change.
Our services include:
We treat a range of childhood, early adult and parenting concerns, including:
- Family Separation
- Social and Behavioural Difficulties
- School-related Problems and Learning Difficulties
- Developmental Concerns
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (Including Asperger’s)
- Self harm
- Complex Mental Health Problems
- Transition into Adulthood
Therapy and Counselling
At Kids and Teens Psychology we believe that therapy and counselling is about developing a relationship with you and your child or teenager. It is about working together with you and your child or teenager to get to know you and the underlying problem, and working with you as real people, not just a set of symptoms. It is important to us that you and your child feel valued, heard and supported, as this is how therapy works best.
At Kids and Teens Psychology, we focus on getting to the core of the problem to create real and lasting change. Our therapy is targeted to find long term solutions that are genuinely right for your child or teenager and your family.
Our Clinicians draw on a range of well-established psychological theories and frameworks and are skilled at using play and other techniques, as well as talking, to help children and adolescents express themselves. Our comfortable therapy rooms are set up with a range of toys, games and materials to facilitate this process.
At Kids and Teens Psychology, we focus on genuinely supporting and including parents and carers in the therapy process; after all it is you who knows your child or teenager best. We listen to parents and carers, provide regular feedback and offer advice and recommendations about how you can support your child or teenager in the home and at school. It is our goal that you, as the most important person in your child’s life, feel valued, heard and supported.
When appropriate, you will be invited to participate in therapy sessions with your child and at other times you might be asked to chat in private (and you are always welcome to request this yourself).
Sometimes you might find it enough to attend an appointment with a Psychologist without needing to engage your child or teenager in therapy. We find this is useful in helping parents gain an understanding of what is going on for their child, and to develop strategies and skills for dealing with this. This can be particularly helpful if you are unsure about whether your child needs to see a Psychologist or if they are refusing to attend an appointment.
Educational and Cognitive Assessments
At Kids and Teens Psychology we offer a range of Educational and Cognitive Assessments to help your child or teenager be their best at school.
If you’re worried your child may not be performing to their full ability or feel they are struggling at school, it is possible there are real and fixable reasons for these concerns. If you have noticed unexplained gaps in your child’s school performance, specific problems with reading, comprehension, spelling or mathematics, if homework is a battle ground, or if your child appears stressed or anxious about school, they may benefit from an Educational and Cognitive Assessment.
We tailor our assessments to meet your child’s specific needs. We cover a range of factors, including
- General intellectual ability / IQ
- Capacity to process and retain information
- Strengths and weaknesses in learning
- Specific learning difficulties including Dyslexia and problems with mathematics, spelling, comprehension and reasoning skills
- Identifying auxiliary difficulties, including visual spatial difficulties, speech problems and auditory processing disorders (and referral for follow up if required)
- Identifying Attention Deficit Disorder – Inattention and Hyperactivity (and referral for follow up if required)
- Identifying a need for special placement due to learning barriers or giftedness
- Your child’s level of anxiety in a formal setting
- Emotional difficulties that may be impeding your child’s progress
Following the assessment, you will be provided with a comprehensive report which includes a clear interpretation of your child’s results and practical recommendations that can be used both at home and school. Your Psychologist will work with you to help identify the specific supports your child needs for their schooling and to plan their education pathway.
Review of Previous Assessments
If your child or teenager has been assessed previously, but you’re unsure about what the results mean or how to implement the recommendations, we can help by providing a review of the assessment. Your Psychologist will take you through the results to help you understand their meaning and provide advice regarding their application.
Professional Supervision and Consultancy
We provide practice supervision and consultancy for professionals. We are approved by the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency to supervise provisionally registered Psychologists. We also provide supervision and consultancy to other professionals who work with children and families.