Counselling for Children

Is your child unhappy? We have experienced child psychologists who can help.

We have a child psychologist based at our Highett practice. Younger children are engaged in play therapy activities such as drawing, playing with the dolls house or on the car mat and role play while older children complete activities on paper, the whiteboard, role plays or play creative games. Teenagers and young adults shift to more of a typical counselling model with more talking and child-directed activities and discussion.

Parents are usually seen on their own prior to the child’s first session. This enables us to obtain the background to the problem and a detailed history. When the psychologist is seeing your child you will be invited to the last 5 – 10 minutes of the session. With the child present we give the parent a summary of the session and details of any homework that may be required. Children usually love this part of the session as they get to show their work to their parents and tell them about all the fun activities they completed.

The number of sessions required will vary depending on the complexity of the child’s issues. When the problems are relatively straight forward a series of six sessions may be enough. For more complex problems ongoing long-term therapy may be required. The psychologist will keep you up to date with your child’s progress.

We help children overcome many issues including:

  • Low self esteem
  • Lack of confidence
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bullying
  • Friendship Issues
  • Separation & Divorce
  • Blended families
  • Dealing with change
  • Grief
  • Phobias (e.g., fear of animals, fear of the dark)
  • Eating Disorders
  • Preparation for starting school
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Selective Mutism
  • Anger
  • Behaviour Problems
  • Sexual Issues
  • Offending
  • School Performance
  • Career Uncertainty
  • Relationship Issues
  • Bed Wetting
  • Internet & Gaming Addiction

Our experienced child psychologists offer appointments during and outside of school hours.

Let us help you and your child be happier. Call us on (03) 9585 4710.

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