Research shows that counselling using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is very successful for anxiety disorders and depression in children. As anxiety is common in childhood, it can be difficult to decide whether professional help is required.
Childhood Psychology assists in all aspects of the child's development. Emotional, physical, mental and social developmental areas are all addressed. Children think and behave very differently to adults so the form of therapy is also very different.
Play therapy is generally used with children aged 3 to 11 and provides a way for them to comfortably express their experiences and feelings through a very natural and self-guided way that enables a self-healing process to occur. Children are known to communicate through play and thus it is an important tool for them to get to know and accept both themselves and others.
Heather Adam is our Children's Psychologist. Heather holds a Graduate Diploma is Psychology and a Masters in Counselling. Prior to becoming a Psychologist, Heather was a teacher to primary, secondary, VET and TAFE students for 25 years. Her knowledge and experience with children and their behaviours is well versed.
The following are signs that a child may benefit from seeing a Psychologist:
Developmental delay in speech, language, or toilet training
Learning or attention problems (such as ADHD)
Behavioural problems (such as excessive anger, acting out, bed wetting or eating disorders)
A significant drop in grades, particularly if your child normally maintains high grades
Episodes of sadness, tearfulness, or depression
Social withdrawal or isolation
Being the victim of bullying or bullying other children
Decreased interest in previously enjoyed activities
Overly aggressive behaviour (such as biting, kicking, or hitting)
Sudden changes in appetite (particularly in adolescents)
Insomnia or increased sleepiness
Excessive school absenteeism or tardiness
Mood swings (e.g., happy one minute, upset the next)
Development of or an increase in physical complaints (such as headache, stomachache, or not feeling well) despite a normal physical exam by your doctor
Management of a serious, acute, or chronic illness
Signs of alcohol, drug, or other substance use (such as solvents or prescription drug abuse)
Problems in transitions (following separation, divorce, or relocation)
Therapy following sexual, physical, or emotional abuse or other traumatic events
To make an appointment with Heather, please phone 0401 496 960 or complete our Contact Form.