Children

 

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, 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. 

 

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 the psychologist to have regarding their child, 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.

 

If parents are separated/divorced do you want to see us separately?  

It is generally better if your psychologist can see you both together, however, we understands that for some separated/divorced parents it would be very stressful and perhaps overwhelming to sit in together. In the past, we have managed this by splitting the session into two 25 minute blocks. 

 

Will I be coming into the session with my child?

Sometimes it is helpful to have parents sit in with their child for all or part of the session. Other times, it is more helpful if the parents wait outside and come in for the last 10-15 minutes, allowing the child to teach their parents what they have discussed/learned. 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 or Mark work alone with a child, they often find the child sees the psychologist as a teammate who they can learn things from and then proudly teach their parents about what they have learned. 

 

There is an air-conditioned waiting room where parents are welcome to sit and wait while their child is in their session. Alternatively, there are several lovely cafes as well as shops, such as Woolworths on the same street. If you decide to duck away for a coffee or to get some shopping done and your psychologist needs you to come back sooner, we can always phone you. 

 

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 with me or if you have some information regarding the mental health of other family members. 

 

Can you see children from the same family?

This is generally fine, however, this needs to be discussed with each individual family. Sometimes it is not appropriate and can get in the way of each child getting the most out of therapy. It may be better for one of the other psychologists at Room to Grow Psychology to see siblings.