Child Psychology

Children and teenagers can benefit from therapy if they are experiencing prolonged difficulties in several areas of their social, emotional, and intellectual development.  Our psychologists are specifically trained to work with young people and their parents using several different evidenced based modalities including play therapy, cognitive behaviour based therapy for children, and acceptance and commitment therapy based approaches for children.  

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assessment

Psychological assessments can be carried out for educational purposes and/or for cognitive purposes.  All of our assessments include a semi-structured clinical interview, several testing sessions, feedback sessions, and a full written report with treatment and detailed intervention recommendations.  Our recommendations are easy too follow and come with step-by-step details for ease of implementation.

Specifically, our clinicians can conduct assessments for the following purposes:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Learning and/or Intellectual Difficulties for children, adolescents, and adults.

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

  • Other school and/or cognitive difficulties

  • Personality Assessments

To make an appointment or to enquire further about assessments please call our friendly staff on (03) 9882-8874.

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treatment process

When working with children and adolescents, our team of psychologists will work with their parents as appropriate depending on the young person's age. Typically, our psychologists will work closer with parents for younger children, and will provide updates as necessary for older teenagers.  This approach is to remain consistent with the developmental needs of the young person.  

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treatment modalities

Our team of psychologists will work with young people in a modality that suits the presenting issue/s.  This means that treatment is often a tailored approach that meets their needs.  The modalities of treatment include:

  • Play therapy

  • Parenting support

  • Solution focused therapy

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy based approach for young people

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy based approach for young people including mindfulness based approaches

  • Social skills training