Children’s Counselling

Want to strengthen your child’s resilience and capacity to cope?

So do we. There are many reasons parents seek the support of a psychologist to help their child. These skills will be taught to children and their parents so they can be practiced and become skills for life.

We can help children manage:

  • Anxiety
  • Emotional difficulties
  • Behavioural problems
  • School related difficulties
  • Improve social skills
  • Grief and loss
  • Pain and illness
  • Dealing with bullying
  • Toileting issues
  • Sleep issues
  • Childhood trauma
  • Autism spectrum disorder – behavioural issues

Child & adolescent psychology and family therapy

Whether you’re concerned about your child’s mental health, their emotional well-being or social development, our compassionate Perth psychologists are here to support you. Maybe your child has been diagnosed with a developmental condition that has impacted their behaviour or affected their social skills?

We work with children and adolescents aged two to 18 years and their families using tailored therapies and strategies to help them cope better, and empower parents with the skills to be able to understand their child’s needs. Our aim is to build happier and healthier families.

Meet our qualified and registered Ballajura psychologist or Mount Lawley psychologist at our Perth psychology clinic. We look forward to helping you.

How therapy can help your child and your family

We take the time to get to know you, your child and their needs so we can best help your family. We discuss your concerns and design a treatment plan that meets your goals. Our treatment plans are based on proven and effective strategies designed to support you, your child and your family.

This may include a family therapy session to navigate issues together. Family counselling or couples therapy may be helpful in managing parenting techniques and resolving conflicts.

The benefits of play therapy

Play therapy is an effective tool in understanding a child’s issues and obstacles. It’s especially beneficial for young children who are unable to articulate their emotions or problems. Play therapy is to children what counselling is to adults. We use play to help them express their feelings more easily through toys instead of words.

Our therapists can build connections through play and encourage children to express their feelings or anxieties in order to nurture healing. Play therapy can also be effective for neurodiverse children, including those diagnosed with ADHD, autism, dyslexia and more. Our therapists use play therapy to build self-esteem, engagement and resilience in children and assist them to better deal with anxiety, depression, trauma and other concerns. We offer play therapy in Perth at our clinics in Ballajura and Mount Lawley.

Want to know more about play therapy?

Why family therapy is important

Family therapy offers families a way to deal with dysfunction when they are struggling — a way to develop or maintain a healthy, functional family. We help families work through struggles, challenges, and tough times in a way that doesn’t simply have the problem go away, but makes the family stronger. Almost all families enter into therapy because something unpleasant is going on—the illness of a child, addictions, behavioral problems, or relational problems.

A ‘family’ may include grandparents, aunts, uncles, foster children, girlfriends or boyfriends, nannies, babysitters, and more. People with drinking or drug problems and mental health problems often come to family therapy in addition to their individual treatment. The goal of the therapy is to help family members identify how specific behaviors affect others, learn new ways of relating to each other, resolve conflicts, and open lines of communication between all family members.

Because family therapy involves talking about emotional problems and conflicts, it can be difficult and upsetting. In some cases, people may initially feel worse before they begin to improve. It is important to remember that a professional therapist is there to help members of the family work through these conflicts and handle the intense emotions that people may experience.

Family therapy can help with:

  • Changes within the family
  • Communication problems
  • Death of a loved one
  • Divorce, separation, or marital problems
  • Parent-child conflicts
  • Problems between siblings
  • Parenting issues
  • Stressful events or major life transitions
  • Trauma

Get the help your child needs

I want to start my child’s New Direction and book an appointment.