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Children and Adolescent Therapy

At Flourishing Life Psychology Services, we provide professional and caring psychological support for children and adolescents.

As a child or adolescent there are many difficulties that can occur specific to these developmental years. We also understand that it is not easy being a parent or carer and that there are a myriad of issues that one may face as a caregiver. As a parent/carer, we aim to bring up healthy and happy children, however sometimes along the way we find that our kids need some additional external and objective support when faced with a particular situation or issue. Additionally, sometimes as parents/carers we find that we are in need of support ourselves and may benefit by learning specific parenting skills. Parents/carers can find that learning specific skills from an experienced psychologist can help to more effectively parent and deal with the situation at hand that the child or adolescent maybe experiencing. Your child or adolescent may also prefer to speak to someone objective and external to the family about their situation such as a psychologist. The psychologist can also work together with the school and/or allied health professionals to better deal with the situation that the child/adolescent is facing.

The Principal Psychologist, Alena Piccolruaz is here to help parents/carers and their children or adolescents with any issues they may be facing. Alena brings her background and expertise as a School Counsellor & Psychologist and as a mother of 4 children to her work with young people. Having worked with children and adolescents over the years, understands how difficult issues and situations can be to kids at times to solve on their own and at the same time how tricky that can be for parents and carers to navigate. Trust and rapport building are important when counselling children and adolescents in order to be effective, Alena prides herself on her caring and warm nature with young people which helps build trust in the counselling relationship. Alena also has a background in working with children with learning, behavioural, social and emotional regulation difficulties such as ADD, ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) e.g. formerly Aspergers.

Types of Therapy

The psychologist will implement a range of child-friendly techniques that is determined by each child’s unique situation/issue and how they best respond in accordance with evidence based research. This may include: Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Play Therapy, Sandplay Therapy, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Social Skills Training and Parenting Skills.

Anxiety

Anxiety e.g. excessive worrying, performance anxiety, separation anxiety, academic anxiety, social anxiety/phobia, terrorist attacks, natural disasters
Phobias e.g. bugs, spiders, dentist, dogs,
Procrastination
School issues, school refusal

Stress related

Adjustment to separation/divorce
Abuse
Bullying, teasing, cyberbullying
Exam stress, study skills
Family conflict
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Transitions – starting preschool, Kindergarten, High School, Year 12 and Post Year 12
Trauma
Depression/Mood Disorders

Depression

Grief – coping with death, environmental despair

Behaviour and Emotional Regulation

Anger Management, emotional regulation difficulties
Behaviour Problems, tantrums, parenting skills
Friendship and relational issues
Sibling and Family relational issues
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Conduct Disorder
Pain Disorder

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

Eating/Food related

Restricted, fussy eating
Disordered eating
Weight management

Obsessive Compulsive

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Skin picking, Hair pulling, Nail biting

Addictions

Substance abuse
Social Media addiction
Mobile Phone/Internet/Technology addiction
Computer/video game addiction
Parenting skills

Other Issues

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

If you would like to enquire about any of the above conditions, or to book an appointment with the psychologist, please email or call on (02) 9553 9023.

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