Therapy for Children

It takes a village to raise a child. If you or your child are experiencing challenges, a child psychologist can provide support to help your child to be their best self.

Child psychologists at The READ Clinic offer a range of psychology services and supports including individual psychology sessions and assessments. Your child’s psychologist will adopt an holistic approach to child therapy including, as appropriate, working with your child’s school, and other health professionals including speech pathologists, occupational therapists and paediatricians to ensure accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Child psychologists at The READ Clinic are experienced in supporting children and families on the Central Coast impacted by:

ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood. It is usually first diagnosed in childhood and is likely to last into adulthood.

Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviours (may act without thinking about what the result will be), or be overly active.

For more information about what ADHD is, visit the HealthDirect website (external link)

Worry is a normal part of childhood. But if you are concerned that your child is experiencing anxiety more acutely and their anxiety is getting in the way of them enjoying themselves to the full, then it may be worth talking to a child psychologist experienced in therapy for anxiety in children.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. People with ASD often have problems with social communication and interaction, and restricted or repetitive behaviours or interests.

READ Clinic practitioners offer therapy and autism assessments for children and adults.

All children act out at one time or another. They may interrupt others, throw tantrums, or disobey the rules. But when these issues become problematic and start impacting on your child’s social interactions, schooling or development, you may want to seek input from a child psychologist.

It’s perfectly normal for your child to feel sad or experience the blues from time to time. However if the sadness becomes persistent or interferes with normal social activities, interests, schoolwork, or family life, it may be symptomatic of a depressive illness. Therapy for depression is a well recognised treatment.

Childhood trauma can occur when a child witnesses or experiences overwhelming negative events in childhood.

Trauma in early childhood can be especially harmful and can affect the child’s development.

Find out more about therapy for trauma & PTSD.

Aggression in children can be a symptom of many different underlying issues. Talking to a psychologist can help to understand those issues and deal with the root cause of your child’s aggressive behaviours.

Bullying can have serious long term impacts for both the  children who bully and those who are bullied.

There is increasing evidence that too much gaming and screen time can have negative impacts on our children’s mental health. If you are concerned about the impacts of gaming on your child’s social interactions, schooling and mental health, talking to a psychologist experienced with internet gaming disorder may help.

Learning difficulties are problems with reading, writing and maths. Learning disorders are specific, serious and ongoing problems with reading, writing and maths which are diagnosed by health professionals including psychologists. Dyslexia (problems with reading), dysgraphia (problems with writing) and dyscalculia (problems with maths) are all learning disorders.

Assessments are available to confirm these diagnoses.

Children with low self-esteem may be withdrawn or shy, or find it difficult to have fun. They may not wish to try new things because they are worried about failing, or they may be more susceptible to bullying and peer pressure. 

Social skills help children to form positive relationships, have conversations, develop body language, cooperate, share and even play together. 

Healthy relationships support good mental health, while social isolation and poor relationships can be risk factors for mental health conditions like depression and anxiety.

Parenting can be a tough gig! If you are feeling like you need a little more support to be the parent you want to be, a psychologist may be able to assist you.

You may also want to consider joining our Circle of Security Parenting Program.

Additional Information for Separated Families

At the READ Clinic we recognise the strain that can be placed on families, parents and children when parents are in the process of, or have completed separation, or have divorced. Assessment and therapy can be very helpful for children and parents adjusting to all the changes that can occur at these times.

Unfortunately, there are many times when therapy no longer provides a safe space for children but rather becomes another place for conflict to be maintained and where children are caught between two parents who can’t agree on what the children need or require.

To ensure your child’s time at the READ Clinic does not become an extension of other conflict, we have a “separated family” document that requires signing by both parents in order that we are sure that attendance is focused on the emotional health and safety of your children.

Download a copy of our Separated Family Policy (including Divorce Rules) 

Your child's first appointment

If you are new to therapy, it might seem a bit daunting to book and attend your first appointment with a psychologist. For more information about what to expect from your child’s first appointment at the READ Clinic, click here.

Promise me you’ll always remember — you’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

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