How we can help children & adolescents


Childhood and adolescence are significant times of development and learning. During these stages and the changes that come with them, some difficulties may arise. It is important to seek assistance when such difficulties arise in order best support young people in navigating this stage of their life, promote skill development and resilience. 



In Australia, the prevalence of mental health problems among children aged 4-12 years is approx. 14 % and rises to 19% for adolescents age 13-17 years. with most common presenting concerns, anxiety, depression and substance use (adolescents)how we can help children and adolescents - behaviour


According to Kids Helpline 2013 stats the top 5 presenting concerns for children and young people were:

  1. Mental health concerns
  2. Family relationships
  3. Emotional wellbeing
  4. Suicide-related concerns
  5. Dating and partner relationships


Only one out of every four young persons with mental health problems had received professional health care. Family doctors, school-based counsellors and paediatricians provide the services that are most frequently used by young people with mental health problems. Younger children (4-12) were more likely to visit paediatricians and family doctors, while older children were more likely to visit school-based counselling services. Even among young people with the most severe mental health problems, only 50% receive professional help. Parents reported that help was too expensive or they didn’t know where to get it, and that they thought they could manage on their own.


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At YLO Psychology Clinic we are experienced in supporting and providing intervention to children, adolescents and their families.


Common difficulties experienced by children and adolescents that we can help with are:

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  • Anxiety (e.g. separation, social, school, generalised anxiety)
  • Fears and phobias
  • Depression
  • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Adjustment Disorders and difficulties (e.g. trauma, parental separation/divorce, death of a loved one)
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Childhood Trauma and Abuse
  • Attachment difficulties
  • Behavioural Disorders (Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Conduct Disorder)
  • Anger and Aggression
  • Bullying and friendship issues
  • Social and/or Communication problems
  • Cognitive and Executive Functioning problems
  • Grief and Loss
  • Self-Harmhow we can help children and adolescents - depressed adolescent
  • Stress
  • Low Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence issue
  • Body Image
  • Toileting concerns and Elimination Disorders
  • Sleep difficulties
  • School avoidance and refusal
  • Learning and attention difficulties
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Eating Disorders
  • Alcohol and Drug Use
  • Sexuality issues, sexual health and pregnancy
  • At-risk behaviours