Child Counselling

Experienced, local psychologists helping your child.

During their early years of development, young children and adolescents can experience difficulties at critical stages in their life. Your child may experience behavioural, social, emotional and learning problems and may be unsure how to overcome these challenges.

What can I expect from child counselling?

Your child’s relationship with their counsellor is the most important part of child counselling services. How your child, their counsellor and you communicate are all vital to the progress your child makes in the sessions.

Firstly, we meet with you to discuss your concerns and the challenges you are facing. It isimportant for this session to be between you and the counsellor only, so you can discuss your concerns openly and without judgement.

As we meet with your child we will keep you updated on their progress. However, it is important for your child to feel safe to be open about their feelings and for them to know that the information won’t be shared with the rest of the family.

Because children do not always know how to express their feelings, we use a wide range of expressive therapies to help guide your child through the process. These therapies are very intuitive and don’t necessarily require children to talk. The therapies we choose to adopt include Sandplay, reading books, art therapy and drama and movement therapy.

It is important to agree on the number of sessions with your counsellor and bring your child each week. As you work through the sessions and they draw to a close, it’s imperative that you book a ‘goodbye’ session for your last session. Why? It is important for your child to say goodbye to their counsellor as they would by this stage be someone they feel they can confide in and open up to.

What are the best ways to explain child counselling to my child?

The most important thing is to let them know that they are safe to express their feelings and they will not be forced to do anything they do not want to do. Give them a visual of what the room and their counsellor will look like prior to meeting them so they can understand this to be a familiar and safe place to visit.

What issues can you help my child overcome through child counselling?

Children and adolescents can face a range of behavioural, emotional and social challenges. From parents going through a divorce to developing fears and phobias. Our trained child counsellors will be able to support you through a range of issues including:
  • Children dealing with divorce and parent separation
  • Abuse (sexual, physical, emotional)
  • Parenting issues
  • Fears and phobias
  • Emotionality and associated problems
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Boundaries
  • Bedwetting
  • Self Confidence
  • Bullying
  • Transitions
  • School-related Problems
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Body Image worries or eating disorders
  • Grief and loss

Why ChooseA resolution Applecross as your Child Psychologists?

While it is important to always choose the right counsellor for your personal needs and comfort. It is even more important for your children to be seeing a psychologist that has experience with children and parents alike. We encourage you to book a session for yourself first, to see if you are happy with the style, and then ensure this is someone you believeyour child will be comfortable opening up to.

FAQ

The initial appointment with you and your child is 50 minutes. For most issues, follow up appointments are usually split between you and your child or you and your child together, this allows time for use to answer any questions you may have about their progress. If you have any questions please come into the appointment 15 minutes before the scheduled end time i.e., after 35 minutes so that these can be worked through. Our sessions are blocked as 50 minute appointments, the remainder of the session is to make notes, contact relevant people and prepare for your child’s next session, this ensures that our sessions start on the hour or half hour.

The length of therapy is quite variable, and the final decision regarding the length of therapy rests jointly with you
and your psychologist. Some children/teens stay for three sessions, while others are in counselling for two or three years or
more. Most children/teens need between 6 to 14 sessions to overcome general anxiety, depression or family issues.
Children with significant family concerns or more complex issues such as obsessive compulsive disorder or post-
traumatic stress disorder may require 20 or more sessions. For children/teens, this will depend on their age, the issues
presented and type of treatment used. For many concerns parents will also attend some sessions to get strategies to
help with your child.

In the beginning you will need see your therapist weekly to establish your therapy and build some traction. This takes a minimum of 3 sessions we recommend you book these in on your first appointment. After this, therapy needs to be paced according to your issues, the therapy style your therapist is using and even your financial considerations. Some people come fortnightly, others monthly.

For many young child clients including parents is an important part of the change process and you will be invited into
the last 15-20 minutes of the appointment regularly . If you would like an update about your child’s progress send
the psychologist an email requesting this so that they can arrange the appropriate forum, whether that is a pre-
booked and prepaid skype/phone session, additional face to face appointment or otherwise we often need time to
prepare a response if we have not already scheduled time with you during your child’s sessions.

Once you book an appointment its yours. We encourage you to keep your appointments to avoid delays in booking new ones and to speak with our team members about discontinuing therapy. If there is no way you can make it please call reception to reschedule.

If there is no way you can make a skype session and you need to change or cancel an appointment, please provide at least 48 hours notice otherwise there are cancellation fees.

All of our team members are registered psychologists so you are able to claim Medicare or Private Health Fund rebates (you can only claim one or the other per session). Medicare provides a rebate of either $84.80 or $124.50 back per session for up to 10 sessions per calendar year provided you have a Mental Health Plan drafted by your GP and a referral letter to any psychologist. After the initial 6 sessions you need to return to your GP for a review to access the final 4 for the calendar year. Private health rebates are available provided you have cover for psychology.

We offer appointments between the hours of 9 am and 7pm Monday to Friday and 9 am to 2 pm on Saturday. Individual psychologist availability varies, please contact reception for more information.

When our clients are preschool-aged children, we generally only see them with a parent or guardian present and involved in the sessions, so parents are aware of all the information being shared. For older children, it is often beneficial for them to spend some time alone with their psychologist at some stage, but only if and when the child and family are comfortable with this.  If children spend some time in session alone with their psychologist, confidentiality also applies for them as clients, in that we would request their permission to share specific information they have shared with us, even with parents (though there are still the same exceptions, such as when there are concerns about risk of harm).

Our experienced child practitioners

Megan Moosa
Senior Psychologist

Megan is a valued member of our team and a Senior Registered Psychologist. She is committed to working with you and your child to better manage a wide range of emotional and behavioural concerns.
Her dedication to adolescent health includes her work as an experienced School Counsellor. She specialises in addressing issues related to anxiety, bullying, exam preparation and anti-social behaviour.

Find out more about Megan Moosa

Kellie Adams
Senior Psychologist

Kellie is passionate about working with young people and their families.

Find out more about Kellie Adams

Natalie Marques
Registered Psychologist

For children within the 2 to 10 age range I follow the 8 principles of Child Centered Play Therapy an evidence based treatment and the philosophy that every child has an innate ability to express their innermost feelings, thoughts and challenges; to learn to modulate their feelings and behaviours; develop a positive sense of self; problem solve solutions and improve resilience in even the most challenging of situations. In addition to young children also have experience with pre-teens and teens.

Find out more about Natalie Marques

Our couch, Your private space

Our private and warmly appointed rooms in Applecross provide the perfect space for you to begin your journey of self-development and start taking control of leading a more fulfilling life. We are located near Applecross Village with a private rear entry, upstairs at the back of the building.

Get In Touch

We will get back to via phone or email the same day during business hours!

To Make an Appointment Phone Today 08 6555 7786