Child & Adolescent Psychology Brisbane Northside
Child psychologists in Brisbane assess and treat children and adolescents. They help children cope with death, stress, divorce, family breakdown, exposure to domestic violence, bullying and school problems. Child psychologists can provide a number of psychological assessments and diagnose certain psychological conditions. Their clients may include children with the following conditions:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Aspergers Syndrome
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Adjustment Disorders
- Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)
- Social Problems
- Academic Problems
Clinical psychologists focus on the healthy development in social skills, mental health and learning outcomes.
How Will A Child Psychologist Help My Child?
Each child has a unique personality, and nurturing the healthy growth of your child as a parent is part of your natural role. Sometimes the challenges of life can cause distress or suffering for your child. These stressors can include: bullying, educational expectations and environmental considerations.
If your child is experiencing any kind of behavioural issues, especially if this has been noted by educators or teachers, it would be advisable to speak to your general practitioner who can refer you to a child psychologist under a Mental Health Treatment Plan.
A child psychologist, with either your self-referral, or a referral from a social worker, general practitioner, educator or child health nurse can assess any concerns that are brought up in the referral. The child psychologist will talk to you as a caregiver, and then also talk to your child. If there are any matters of consideration, your child’s psychologist will address them with you. A psychological assessment will be carried out and then a program of therapeutic intervention will be implemented.
What Types of Therapy Does A Brisbane Child Psychologist Use?
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – this therapy teaches children that thoughts and feelings can influence behaviour. Children can be taught to adjust their thoughts in order to cope better with negative feelings.
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) – this treatment is used for older adolescents, and teaches them how to handle very intense feelings. It emphasises a personal responsibility for one’s own actions, and examines how to work better in situations of conflict and other distressing situations.
- Family Therapy – looks holistically at the entire family dynamic, and provides supportive and therapeutic intervention within the family unit. It assists in improving communication and expectations between members of the family.
- Play Therapy – involves the use of toys, dolls, blocks, art equipment and games in order to involve children in role play and examines how they interact and process information. Through a gentle process of encouragement, role modelling and talking, children can be guided through situations of better conflict resolution and be taught how to moderate their feelings.
- Other types of therapies have been demonstrated to be effective and of therapeutic benefit to children and adolescents. Overall, child psychologists focus on improving children’s and adolescents quality of life and improved mental health.
If you have any concerns about your child, make an appointment at our Ubuntu Medical Centre to see one of our psychologists.