Children, Adolescents and Families
Treatment services are provided to address issues including, but not limited to, the following
- Behavioural problems, e.g. aggression, poor listening, tantrums, and impulsivity
- Emotional problems e.g. anxiety, depression, excessive anger, and sensitivity
- Attention and concentration difficulties
- Relationship development between parents and children
- Sibling relationship difficulties
- Self esteem development
- Resilience building
- Teasing and bullying management
- Making friends and social interaction skills
- Family separation
- Toilet training and soiling
- Stress management
- Assertiveness training
- Grief and bereavement
- Anger management
- Eating disorders or body image problems
- Self harm or other at risk behaviours
- Adolescent depression
- Effective Parenting strategies
Helpful information for you to know about counseling children
Some of the techniques used when counseling children are a little different from those used with adults. Your child may tell you that they played a game, played in a sand tray, drew a picture, played with toys, or used craft.
If we were to simply invite a child to talk, they may feel hesitant and uncomfortable in telling us their concerns. This is why at PsychSolutions we combine verbal counseling with other child friendly strategies, such as the use of games, art, drawings, symbols or sand to help children and young people feel comfortable and able to share their stories, and develop change.
When a child or young person is involved in individual therapy, their confidentiality is respected. When there are things that it would be helpful for parents to know, for example to change the problematic situation, then we would discuss with the child or young person how we could tell their parents or caregivers. As much as possible, we keep parents informed of the work children and adolescents are doing in therapy, and of their progress.
PsychSolutions provides Psychometric and Educational Assessment of cognitive (IQ) and developmental functioning for children and adolescents. Educational assessments enable parents to clarify the nature of their child’s difficulties and equip parents with practical evidence-based strategies to help improve their child’s functioning and to help them achieve their full potential.
Concerns that parents often have include:
- Your child is finding it hard to concentrate at school
- You child is having difficulties learning
- Your child complains of being bored in class and is not paying attention
- Is your child gifted?
Following assessment, parents are invited to a feedback session to explain the results, and provided with an elaborate report, which includes recommendations on how they can assist their child with the difficulties they may be experiencing. With parents’ consent, the child’s school is also provided with a detailed report outlining the child’s strengths and weaknesses, and strategies to help remediate and manage the child’s difficulties in the classroom.
Families often require assessments for a range of academic and learning issues including:
- Reading difficulties
- Maths difficulties
- Attention and concentration
At PsychSolutions we specialise in providing assessment and treatment services for adults and couples experiencing a range of difficulties including, but not limited to:
Often characterised by low mood, reduced interest and enjoyment in previously enjoyed activities, sleep and/or appetite disturbance, feelings of worthlessness, suicidal thoughts and reduced libido.
Including generalised anxiety and worry, specific phobias, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and other eating and weight-related difficulties such as obesity and body image concerns.
WORK RELATED DIFFICULTIES
Often involving work stress, relationship difficulties, conflict resolution, procrastination, workplace bullying and performance in the workplace.
SELF-ESTEEM AND CONFIDENCE
Including professional, personal and/or social confidence and self-worth.
Difficulties in personal and/or professional relationships. Specialist support for couples and families experiencing relationship difficulties.
Including anger management and assertiveness.
In response to medical injuries and other causes.
The Cool Kids program
Is a scientifically tested program that teaches children and their parents how to better manage their anxiety. It is a group program involving the participation of both children and their parents, and focuses on teaching clear and practical skills. Current results indicate that around 80% of young people who complete our programs show significant improvement. Following treatment, there are marked increases in school attendance, academic achievement, confidence, number of friends and involvement in extra-curricular activities and decreases in worry, fear and family distress.
Topics covered in the program include:
- What is anxiety?
- Me and my anxiety
- Learning about feelings
- Detective thinking, and learning to think more realistically
- Fighting fear by facing fear
- Learning to solve a problem
- Why be a confident person?
- Dealing with teasing
The Resourceful Adolescent Program (RAP)
The Resourceful Adolescent Program (RAP) was developed to build resilience and promote positive mental health in teenagers. The program specifically aims to prevent teenage depression and related difficulties. RAP aims to increase the psychological resilience or resourcefulness of young people and draws on research of successful treatments for adolescent depression and the known psychosocial risk and protective factors at the individual, family and school level.
Social Skills Training Groups
Are programs for children of varying ages that are experiencing difficulties making friends, sustaining friendships and who might be having difficulties with teasing and bullying. The program was developed by the team at PsychSolutions and is based on the commonly reported concerns of our clients.
These programs help children with the behavioural and thinking skills necessary to develop and maintain healthy friendships, be assertive, and understand social cues in their environment.
Transition to School for Preschoolers
This program was developed by the team at PsychSolutions together with the team at SEED therapy (Occupational Therapy Specialists). This program is designed for children (with some educational sessions for parents) to prepare children for the physical, social and emotional aspects related to transitioning to school. This program has been run in preschools with great success. In addition to the group program, PsychSolutions and SEED therapy, deliver short educational sessions to parents about how best to prepare their child for the transition to school.
Mastering Anxiety Group Program
Developed for adults who experience anxiety including generalised anxiety and worry, specific phobias, panic disorder and social anxiety. The program is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques and Mindfulness Techniques that have been researched and proven to be effective in assisting people to manage their anxiety and improve their functioning in everyday life.
Sleeping better program
This program is designed for people who are having trouble sleeping. This may be affecting their functioning in their everyday lives and relationships. The program focuses on a range of strategies to help people to change their unhelpful sleeping patterns.
Seminars / Workshops
At PsychSolutions we deliver seminars and workshops to a variety of agencies and workplaces. Popular topics have included Burnout in the workplace and Acute Mental Health Training. We will develop and facilitate organization specific presentations on request.
This is a full day program for adults, the program develops skills in mindfulness, breathing techniques and arrange of relaxation techniques that have been proven to be effective in reducing stress, anxiety and depression.
This program was developed by the team at PsychSolutions based on the reported needs of our clients. This program focuses on:
- Developing knowledge and strategies to build positive behaviours in children and promote positive family relationships.
- Developing knowledge about appropriate ways to manage misbehavior.
- Developing a sense of parenting self efficacy (which is linked to more positive parenting outcomes).