CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY
The science of neuroplasticity tells us that the brain is constantly changing in response to its environment. Nowhere is this malleability more pronounced than in children and adolescents, whose minds are in their formative stages. This makes children and adolescents excellent candidates for psychological talk therapy.
Their ongoing mental development means they are highly amenable to interventions that may correct unhelpful patterns of thought, emotion or behaviour – whether they’re causing interpersonal friction or personal distress. For example, psychological counselling can help teach young people to identify and self-regulate powerful emotions rather than acting them out or becoming overwhelmed – in turn enhancing success and satisfaction in home, school and social contexts.
Children with developmental delays, learning difficulties, cognitive limitations and diagnoses such as autism spectrum disorder and ADHD can also benefit greatly from psychological therapies, which may help them to integrate into regular school and social life and manage their limitations.
For parents and carers, a psychologist may help to make sense of behaviours stemming from emotional issues or mental health conditions, and serve as a coach for managing problem behaviours while ensuring that the young person feels adequately supported as they progress towards mental and emotional wellbeing.
Who can benefit from seeing a child psychologist?
- Children experiencing developmental delays (significantly behind expected progress/peers in cognitive and social abilities, etc.)
- Children with conditions that limit social success, such as autism and social anxiety
- Children with mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety
- Children exhibiting adverse behavioural changes (e.g. defiance)
- Children who do or may have ADHD
- Children with unexplained somatic complaints (e.g. tummy aches)
Services offered by Soaring Health child psychologists
- Assessment of developmental level and level of function across domains (cognitive, social, etc)
- Assessment for conditions that limit social success, such as autism and social anxiety
- Assessment for mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety
- Children who are academically behind and have learning difficulties
- Therapy that works to shift and resolve issues identified as underlying difficulties (evidence-based paradigms such as CBT tailored to individual child)
Issues that may be treated or managed by a child psychologist
- Developmental deficits or delays
- Behavioural issues/acting out
- Mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety
- Social difficulties (including bullying or being bullied)
- Traumatised children (accident or interpersonal trauma)