Child psychology is a specialised area that focuses on the mental, emotional and developmental wellbeing of children. We provide a safe and confidential space for children and adolescents to express themselves. We understand the unique personal and developmental needs of children and adolescents.
Psychologists who work with children can help families address many issues associated with childhood, such as:
- mental, emotional and physical issues
- grief or loss issues
- gifted children
- learning difficulties
- behavioural issues
- school refusal
- behavioural problems in children (e.g., tantrums, sleeping)
- anxiety and fears
- adjustment issues (e.g., parent separation)
- interpersonal issues (e.g., communication with others)
Some of the common signs of mental illness in children include:
- having problems academically at school
- disrupted sleep and eating patterns
- an inability to concentrate, remember things, process information or solve problems
- intense worry or stress and anxiety
- compulsive or repetitive behaviour
- physical or emotional outbursts
- poor social skills
- anger problems
- low mood
- withdrawn from the people around them
If you are concerned about your child you should see your doctor.
Please visit the Australian Psychological Society website for more information on psychology and the areas of psychology.
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