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Children and Adolescents can benefit from seeing a Psychologist for the following reasons:

Early Childhood

Concerns about a child's cognitive, behavioural, or emotional development

Assessment of a developmental delay or specific disabilities (e.g., Intellectual Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder)

Assistance with feeding, sleeping or behaviour problems

Infant mental health problems (e.g., anxiety and disordered attachment)

Managing a child's difficult temperament

Assistance with attachment issues, or with ‘goodness of fit’ between parent and child

Parenting issues

Sibling rivalry within the family

Assessment of school readiness

Assistance with treatment planning and early-intervention programs

School Years

Problems with the transition to school, or from one phase of education to another

Separation anxiety or school avoidance

Psychoeducational assessment

Assessment, diagnosis and treatment of learning difficulties and disorders (e.g., Dyslexia)

Behaviour problems and disorders (e.g., Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

Poor peer-relationships

Specialist behaviour management planning

Low self esteem

Well-being issues

Mental health problems (e.g., mood disorders)

Assessment of giftedness

Family relationship issues

Physical or sexual abuse

Assistance with treatment planning and specialist support

Whole school consultancy or intervention (e.g., social-emotional learning programs and critical incident intervention)


Conflict between the adolescent and parents

Friendship issues

Peer pressure

Behaviour problems

Disability issues

Poor peer-relationships

Identity issues and the transition to adulthood

Mental health problems

Drug and alcohol problems

Career guidance

Adjustment and transition issues

School to work transition

Whole school community issues