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Why should my Child or Adolescent see a Psychologist?

YLO Psychology Clinic

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Sometimes children or adolescents, like adults, can benefit from some extra help or support during different times in their lives. Seeing a psychologist offers an opportunity for an objective perspective and a chance to understand how different things affect your child or adolescent, as well as learning strategies on how manage different behaviours or emotions. Sometimes children or adolescents may need to see a psychologist only a few times and other times they may need to see them for a bit longer. Psychologists can help children, adolescents and families cope with stress and a variety of emotional and behavioural issues including: depression, school stress, bullying, peer pressure, anxiety or family issues, particularly if there’s a major transition such as a divorce, move or a death of a family member.

zSignificant life events affect children and adolescents differently to adults and can cause stress that might lead to problems with behaviour, mood, sleep, appetite, and academic or social functioning. Children and adolescents often process information differently to adults and their emotional responses may manifest in behavioural or physical changes. In some cases, it’s not as clear what’s caused your child or adolescent to suddenly seem withdrawn, anxious or display significant changes in behaviour. But if you feel your child or adolescent might have an emotional or behavioural problem or needs help coping with a difficult life event, trust your instincts and seek help.

Changes in your child or adolescent that may mean they could benefit from seeing a psychologist include:

  • developmental delay in speech, language, or toilet training
  • learning or attention problems (such as ADHD)
  • behavioural problems (such as excessive anger, acting out, bedwetting or eating disorders)
  • a significant change in academic performance in school
  • 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
  • signs of alcohol, drug, or other substance use
  • a recent traumatic event

7If my child sees a Psychologist does that mean they are “crazy”?

No, it most definitely does not mean that your child is crazy. Often parents are hesitant about seeking help from a psychologist as they do not want their child or adolescent to feel different or that there is something wrong with them. Yet, did you know that Child Psychologists across Australia often have long waiting lists due to the number of children and adolescents wanting to see them? Or that many children and adolescents will see a psychologist at some point during their childhood or early adulthood? If your child or adolescent is struggling emotionally or is acting in a way that makes you think they may need some guidance from a professional, seek out that help for them. Just because your child or adolescent sees a psychologist doesn’t mean they are crazy. Quite the contrary, it means you are a loving, caring parent or guardian who is willing to get them and yourself, the help you both need.

Our clinic address is: Shop 5, 2770 Logan Road, Underwood, 4119.

Our clinic is located in Underwood Village, on the corner of Logan Road & Underwood Road.

There is free parking and close public transport to ensure easy access by our clients.

Our clinic provides a child and adolescent friendly environment that supports differing modalities of intervention. The clinic provides for wheelchair access.