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Child Psychologists

Is your child experiencing problems? Do you have concerns about your child’s development or educational progress? Are you having difficulty parenting your child? The child/youth and family psychologists at Q-Psych can help.

Our child and family psychologists have experience working with young people and their families in a variety of settings including schools, mental health services, autism and disability services, child protection, youth justice, crisis shelters and helplines, and family counselling and mediation services. Our Educational and Developmental Psychologists are specially qualified to assist young people with developmental disorders (such as ASD); social, emotional and behavioural difficulties; and learning or school performance problems. Our accredited Family Dispute Resolution practitioners can also help separated or divorced parents to resolve their parenting disputes. 

The psychology services we offer children and parents include:

  • psychological, developmental, cognitive and academic achievement assessments
  • age-appropriate therapies and interventions for children and adolescents (3yrs-19yrs)
  • programs for children, adolescents, senior students, and parents
  • family therapy and family mediation (parent-teen, whole-family, and separated parents)
  • psycho-education for parents, carers, schools and agency staff
  • child protection, youth justice and family court reports
  • consultation and case-management with schools, agencies and other professionals
  • professional training and supervision. 

The types of problems and concerns we can assist with include:

Mental health concerns: 

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  • childhood trauma and abuse
  • attachment disorders
  • excessive fears and phobias
  • depression
  • eating disorders
  • body dysmorphia
  • early onset of adult mental illness (e.g. schizophrenia)

Developmental concerns:

  • iStock_000020603994XSmallautism spectrum disorders
  • attachment problems
  • cognitive or executive functioning problems
  • social and/or communication problems
  • neuro-developmental disorders (e.g. ADHD)
  • intellectual disability
  • feeding difficulties
  • elimination disorders
  • developmental delays due to chronic medical conditions

Behavioural concerns:

  • age-inappropriate behaviours
  • excessive use of computers, gaming or social media
  • self-harm behaviour
  • aggression/violence
  • alcohol and drug use
  • defiant or oppositional behaviours
  • risky behaviours
  • sexual behaviours
  • youth crime

School-related concerns:

  • School boy in classroom at lessonschool readiness (prep)
  • learning and achievement problems
  • giftedness and learning extension needs
  • school avoidance or anxiety
  • performance anxiety
  • peer problems (e.g. bullying, conflict)
  • school-based behaviour problems
  • problems with transition
  • study skills and stress management
  • school or learning disengagement
  • truancy or school refusal

Teenage concerns:

  • iStock_000002127115XSmallpeer pressure
  • relationship issues
  • body image
  • sexuality issues
  • drug and alcohol problems
  • self-esteem and identity issues
  • early school leavers
  • career guidance and planning
  • sexual health and pregnancy
  • transition to adulthood
  • general teen angst
  • other personal issues

Parent concerns:

Family-related concerns:

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  • family conflict or stress
  • family trauma, grief or loss
  • adjusting to divorce or separation
  • new family structures (e.g. blended)
  • family member with chronic illness
  • family violence

More about these areas is coming soon. Please check back with us. 

Where?

We provide our child and family psychology services in our dedicated child and youth therapy room at our family-friendly psychology centre in Brisbane. We also travel to homes, schools and agencies as required (travel fees apply).

Our philosophy and goals for working with young people:

At Q-Psych, our goal is not to pathologise young people, but rather to help them develop new skills, adjust to difficult situations, resolve any mental distress, improve their level of functioning, and reduce problems within their control, so they may feel safe, confident, capable and optimistic in their daily lives and have the best chance of reaching their full potential as adults. In some instances, young people do have conditions for which medical intervention is necessary, in which case we aim to work with medical practitioners to provide a holistic approach to treatment to maximise results. In all instances, we support the early identification and treatment of developmental and mental health problems, and the involvement of families, schools and treatment providers, for the best possible outcomes. 

Family-focused:

Our child psychologists are also concerned with helping young people and their families develop healthy positive relationships and home lives, for the benefit of all family members.

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