Why see a Psychologist?
Clinical psychologists are experts in mental health. They have undertaken highly specialised training in the diagnosis and psychological treatment of mental, behavioural and emotional disorders. Clinical psychology is a science-based profession which integrates theory and clinical practice to understand, prevent, and relieve psychologically based distress or dysfunction.
A clinical psychologist is able to assess your symptoms of psychological distress. Central to practice are psychological assessment, clinical formulation and psychotherapy. A clinical psychologist is able to make a diagnosis and work with you to develop a management plan for your treatment and recovery. Clinical psychologists do not prescribe medication, rather they use psychological techniques, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and Interpersonal therapy to treat you.
While clinical psychology is focused on the assessment and evidence-based treatment of mental illness, clinical psychologists also work in private practice offering short-term and long-term outpatient services to clients who need help coping with all forms of psychological distress.
Adults like to think of childhood as a carefree time full of play and enjoyment, but that’s not true for all kids. Children are susceptible to the same emotional health issues and mood disorders as adults. As many as one in five children and adolescents may have an identifiable mental disorder that requires treatment. At least 1 in 10 has a serious emotional disturbance.
Psychological counselling can help with many of these issues. Therapy for kids can aid children who have such problems as anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and conduct disorder.
Signs of Trouble
Warning signs that your child may need psychological counselling include:
- Persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness
- Constant anger and a tendency to overreact to situations
- Persistent worry, anxiety, or fearfulness
- Preoccupation with physical illness or their own appearance
- A sudden, unexplained drop in grades at school
- A loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyed
- Changes in patterns of sleeping or eating
- Reclusiveness, preferring to be alone rather than in the company of friends or family
- An inability to concentrate, think clearly, or make decisions
- An inability to sit still
- Performing routines obsessively throughout the day, such as washing hands or cleaning things
- Experiencing regular nightmares
If a child shows some or many of these signs, he likely needs therapy. Therapy for kids can be very beneficial, particularly if a problem is identified before it can grow worse.
Pre-teens and Teenagers
This stage of development can be difficult for young people and their families. It is a time of significant emotional and physical change and can bring with it a range of challenges that may start to impact the happiness and wellbeing of the young person and those around them. Often, the troubles are noticed in the young person’s ability to cope with friendships, social situations, school work or self-care. They may withdraw from sporting commitments or leisure activities and stop attending things they enjoy. Their mood may change and you might see anger outbursts or excessive crying.
At all times the wellbeing of the young person is paramount and the Psychologist will work individually and, where necessary, provide parent and family support.
There can be times when we face various challenges in our lives. We all want to lead a happy and fulfilled life but sometimes we find ourselves stuck and unable to move forward in the way we want. This is where the guidance and support of a Psychologist can help you to develop insight and learn strategies and coping mechanisms for positive change. The approach taken by the Psychologist is a positive and practical one based in sound research. Our Psychologist seeks to provide a warm and accepting environment in which to improve the quality of your life. Because we are all individuals, the process of therapy progresses individually and is tailored to your needs.
Times of significant change include, but not limited to: leaving school and starting work or university, becoming a mum or dad, getting married, separation and divorce, relocating, losing a loved one (including pets), children leaving home, times of transition and health issues/concerns.