Adolescents

Our psychologists have experience working pre-schools, primary schools, high schools, the public health system, as well as in private practice. 

 

Our psychologists are also experienced in helping parents work through the sometimes challenging behavior of toddlers and young children. We will work with both parents/caregivers of younger children to develop a plan that focuses on finding practical solutions to each family’s unique situation.

 

Whether your child is anxious, angry, acting out, down, grieving, self-conscious, feeling lost, self-harming or struggling to adjust to a change, we can provide a range of practical strategies to help your child and to help the rest of the family support positive change and growth.

 

Please feel free to email us if you are unsure which psychologist would be the best fit for your child. 

 

 

When we work with adolescents, we talk to them as young adults rather than older children. We like to provide information on why their brain is responding the way it is and why we may recommend a particular strategy. By age 12 young people are usually starting to seek information from sources other than their parents and are wanting to be seen as an individual with their own unique opinions. In our work with young people, we want to foster this stage of development, empower young people and include parents where it is going to be appropriate and helpful. 

 

Frequently asked questions by parents:

 

Do you need both parents to attend session one?

It is always helpful to be able to meet both parents to get two sets of observations and opinions. However, we understand that between work, caring for siblings and other commitments it is not always possible to find a time that is going to suit everyone. If a parent is not able to attend and feels like they have information they would like their child's psychologist to have, we can either include a phone call to that parent during the first session or you can write out the information and have the other parent bring it to the appointment.

 

 

Will I be coming into the session with my child?

In most cases, young people aged 13 and older prefer to sit in the session alone. Based on experience, most young people tend to censor the information they give when their parents are in the room. However, some clients find it helpful to have a parent present and therefore we usually leave this decision to the client. 

 

It is important to be mindful that if parents sit in for the whole session, this can sometimes feel like two adults telling them what to think or do. When Rachel/Bronwyn/Mark work alone with teenagers, they take a very non-judgmental and relatable approach which tends to lead to more open and honest interactions and, as a result, more beneficial outcomes. At the end of the session, we can still involve the parents in a wrap up discussion where the young person can choose to tell their parents about the session.

 

Can I bring my child's siblings to session one?

If your child's siblings are young (three or younger) this is usually fine. We can set up some games for them to play while we talk. Siblings older than three are also welcome, however, it is important to consider that there may be some things we talk about that might not be appropriate for them to hear. For example, if you have some behavioural concerns to bring up or if you have some information regarding the mental health of other family members. We have a separate play area where your child can wait if you would like to discuss certain matters in private.

 

Can you see children from the same family?

This is generally fine, however, this needs to be discussed this with each individual family. Sometimes it is not appropriate and can get in the way of each child getting the most out of therapy.