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Issues treated (but not limited to) include; anxiety, stress, depression, trauma, suicidal thinking, self-harm, grief and loss, work-related issues, relationship matters, family mediation, and parental support strategies. Key evidence-based therapies used and tailored to your therapeutic needs are: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Person-Centered Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Schema Therapy, Solution Focussed Therapies, Play Therapy, Narrative and Sandplay Therapy.

Anxiety

What is anxiety?

Anxiety presents in children and adolescents when they are repetitively experiencing extreme fear and worry over a period of time. This is also accompanied by changes in a child’s behaviour such as sleep, eating, or mood.

What are some of the kinds of anxiety disorders?

Different anxiety disorders can affect children and teens. They include:

Stress related

Adjustment to separation/divorce

Many children and teenagers have experienced the stress of divorce. How they react depends on their age, personality, and the circumstances of the separation and divorce process.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) formerly known as Asperger’s

What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a brain disorder that starts early in life. It affects social communication and interaction and is accompanied by repeating and narrow patterns of behaviour or interests.

Depression

Depression/Mood disorders

In its’ mildest form, depression is the most common psychological problem for teenagers. We usually describe depression as ‘feeling sad’, but without being aware of its other symptoms, it can be misdiagnosed.

How to know if your child/teenager is depressed

Depression has emotional symptoms (like a loss of enjoyment in activities that were once fun), but it also has cognitive symptoms (like pessimism and hopelessness). It has motivational symptoms (like feeling apathetic), and it also has physical symptoms (like eating and sleep disturbances).

Behaviour and Emotional Regulation

Anger Management, Emotional Regulation Difficulties

Parents expect temper tantrums from 2 and 3-year olds, however angry outbursts don’t necessarily stop after the toddler years. Older kids sometimes have trouble handling anger and frustration, too.

Some young people only lose their cool once in a while, but others seem to have a harder time when things don’t go their way. Young people who tend to have strong reactions by nature will need more help from parents to manage their tempers. Controlling outbursts can be difficult for young people -and helping them learn to do so is a tough job for the parents who love them.

Developmental

  • Child, adolescent developmental issues
  • Adoption issues
  • Attachment
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder e.g. ADHD and ADD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) formerly known as Asperger’s

If you think your child may have a developmental issue, please contact Flourishing Life Psychology today to make an appointment for a confidential assessment on0433 905 239 or email.

Eating/Food Related

Disordered eating

What Are Eating Disorders?

Eating disorders are problems with the way people eat. They can harm a person’s health, emotions, and relationships. There are several types of eating disorders.

Common types of eating disorders are

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

What Is OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a condition that causes young people to have unwanted thoughts, feelings, and fears. These are called obsessions, and they can make children feel anxious. To relieve the obsessions and anxiety, OCD leads children to do behaviours called compulsions or rituals.

What Are Obsessions?

Obsessions are fears that kids with OCD can’t stop thinking about. They may realise their thoughts don’t make sense, but they still feel anxious about certain things.

Electronics Addiction

Smartphone/Computer/Internet/Social Media/Gaming

While a smartphone, tablet, or computer can be a hugely productive tool, compulsive use of these devices can interfere with work, school, and relationships. When you spend more time on social media or playing games than you do interacting with real people, or you can’t stop yourself from repeatedly checking texts, emails, or apps, it may be time to reassess your technology use.

Smartphone addiction, sometimes colloquially known as “nomophobia” (fear of being without a mobile phone), is often fuelled by an Internet overuse problem or Internet addiction disorder. It’s rarely the phone or tablet itself that creates the compulsion, but rather the games, apps, and online worlds it connects us to. Smartphone addiction can encompass a variety of impulse-control problems, including:

Substance Abuse

Many young people try alcohol and/or drugs during their high school years. Although experimentation with alcohol and drugs can be common amongst young people, it’s not safe or legal.

The Effects of Substance Use

Substance use interferes with a person’s perception of reality and ability to make good decisions. This can be particularly hazardous for young people and teens who have less problem-solving and decision-making experience.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

How ADHD Affects Kids

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) causes children to be more distractible, hyperactive, and impulsive than is normal for their age. ADHD makes it harder for kids to develop the skills that control attention, behaviour, emotions, and activity. As a result, they often act in ways that are difficult for parents manage.

Why Kids Fight

Many different things can cause siblings to fight. Most brothers and sisters experience some degree of jealousy or competition, and this can flare into squabbles and bickering. Other factors also might influence how often kids fight and how severe the fighting gets. These include:

Bullying, teasing, cyberbullying

Identifying Bullying

Bullying is intentional tormenting in physical, verbal, or psychological ways. It can range from hitting, shoving, name-calling, threats, and mocking to extorting money and possessions. Some kids bully by shunning others and spreading rumours about them. Others use social media or electronic messaging to taunt others or hurt their feelings. It’s important to take bullying seriously and not just brush it off as something that kids have to “tough out.” The effects can be serious and affects a child’s sense of safety and self-worth.

What Is Abuse?

Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, verbal, or a combination of any or all of these. Abuse can also be neglect, which is when parents or carers don’t take care of the basic needs of the children who depend on them.

Physical abuse is often the most easily recognised form of abuse and may include hitting, shaking, burning, pinching, biting, choking, throwing, beating, and other actions that cause physical injury, leave marks, or cause pain.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)/Trauma

What Causes PTSD?

PTSD is often associated with soldiers on the front lines of war, however anyone, even children can develop it after a traumatic event.

Traumas that might bring on PTSD include the unexpected or violent death of a family member or close friend, and serious harm or threat of death or injury to oneself or a loved one.

Other

  • Bed/day-time wetting, soiling
  • Blended family issues
  • Children/Adolescents living with sibling/parent with an illness/disability
  • Children/Adolescents living with a sibling/parent with a mental health issue
  • Communication skills
  • Family Counselling
  • Gender Issues/Sexual Orientation/LGBTQIA
  • Parenting skills relating to all above issues
  • Perfectionism
  • Resilience building
  • Self-esteem, confidence building
  • Self-harm e.g. cutting, suicidal ideation
  • Sleeping problems/nightmares
  • Social skills/Assertiveness training

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