Child Psychologists Brisbane
We support children to realise their full potential, and make parenting less stressful and more rewarding.
Common Issues a Child Psychologist can help with
We work with children, adolescents and their parents to treat a wide range of issues. These commonly include, but are not limited to:
- Anxiety & Depression
- Challenging behaviour
- Friendship and social problems, including bullying
- Self-esteem and confidence
- Trauma and adjustment to major life events
- School refusal
- Family conflict, and Parenting issues
Why is your child’s mental health so important?
- Helping children to be mentally healthy is a major part of caring for kids.
- Mental health affects children’s behaviour, feelings, ability to learn, social relationships, as well as their physical health and wellbeing.
- Good mental health in childhood lays the foundations for positive mental health and wellbeing, now and into the future
Some facts and figures
- About half of all serious mental health problems in adulthood begin before the age of 14
- In Australia approximately 1 in 7 children experience mental health difficulties. data
- Counselling and therapy works; there are proven and effective treatments that work for the vast majority of children and teenagers with a range of mental health problems.
Benefits of Counselling and Therapy for Children and Teens
Our child psychologists can help you and your child to learn about why they are having problems and how they can deal with them.
They offer practical solutions and strategies with the focus being on helping your child become happy and resilient. These can include learning to:
- Use healthy problem-solving and coping skills
- Change negative thinking patterns
- Distinguish between different emotions
- Use more appropriate ways of expressing feelings
- Identify situations that can make symptoms worse
- Use other skills that can either prevent symptoms or help cope with them
Benefits of Education & Coaching for Parents
Parenting is not instinctive or automatic – effective parenting is learned.
Where possible most child and adolescent psychologists work closely with parents because they play a key role in initiating and generating behaviour change in their children.
A child psychologist can help you with strategies to deal with frustrating parenting struggles like:
- Morning routines and bedtime and sleep issues
- Back talk or not listening
- Power struggles
- Sibling rivalry
- Over entitlement
- Tantrums, whining, and much more
Why Choose Ahead Psychology
- Our psychologists have many years’ experience with a wide range of problems affecting kids and parents
- We are outcomes-focused and only undertake evidence-based treatments
- We are a 100% private service so you will receive completely independent, confidential and impartial advice.
- We work collaboratively with GPs (as appropriate) because we know this gets better outcomes
- We offer appointments weekdays including after school and Saturdays.
- We respect your time.
- We do not overbook or run overlapping sessions.
- We can process Medicare & Private Health insurance rebates on-the-spot.
- We’re in a central location with plenty of free, on-site parking.
Child Psychologists Brisbane Northside
The team of experienced and supportive child psychologists are located at Stafford, servicing the north Brisbane area and beyond. Our address is 2A Webster Road, Stafford. Access is from Barbarra Street.
If you, as a parent or carer are;
- worried that your child has a social, emotional, learning or problem
- struggling with parenting your child
- concerned about the effect that a life event (like a divorce, death or move) has had or could have on your child and want to make sure your child is able to cope
…then there’s a good chance we can help.
When is it time to see a Child Psychologist?
A question that many parents struggle to answer is “is my child’s behaviour serious enough to seek professional help?”
Some children are in ‘therapy’ for simple and common issues that are best dealt with by parents. The fact is that children and adolescents go through huge amounts of change that effect their thinking and behaviour.
It’s not unusual for them to experience worry, mood swings, a lack of energy or motivation, rebelling against authority, a lack of concern with personal appearance and hygiene, an obsession with food, and experimentation with alcohol and drugs. Most parents can, and should, attempt to help their child cope with problems before consulting a child psychologist.
There are, of course, situations where outside help is warranted.
Trust your instincts. If you think you or your child would benefit from talking to a child psychologist, make contact. Most likely it will be the right decision.
Consider whether your child’s problems are:
- Persist over long periods of time
- Inappropriate for the child’s age, and
- Interfering with life.
As a general guide, your child may need, or benefit from seeing a child psychologist if:
- Your child’s behaviour interfering with his/her daily life, or the family’s functioning
- Your child is unhappy, anxious and has consistent ‘melt-downs’
- You, as a parent, are stuck and don’t know what to do
- You and your partner disagree on how to handle your child’s problems and this is putting a strain on your relationship
- Your other children unhappy, frightened or upset by a sibling’s behaviour, or a parent’s response to that behaviour
Medicare & Private Health Insurance Rebates
You may be eligible for a rebate through Medicare or Private Health Insurance if you have extras cover.
For more information of Medicare Rebates for Psychology Services see our Medicare Rebates for Psychology Services Page.
For information on Private Health Insurance rebates check with your health insurance fund to find out if you are covered and how much your rebate will be.