Growing up is hard work for both kids and parents. As a parent you want to ensure that your child’s emotional, social, and intellectual development is supported. Childhood is a period of learning and discovery as well as stress and change. Many children will experience difficulties navigating the social and emotional landscape from time to time.
When challenges arise at home or school it can be helpful to look outside of your family for help and support. Counseling or therapy with a child psychologist may be what you and your child need to overcome the difficulties that life presents.
A child psychologist can help you determine if counselling or therapy is appropriate. Many families only need a limited number of counselling or therapy sessions to address their concerns. However, when the problems presented are more complex or related to past events or trauma longer term support may be required.
A child psychologist will work with you and your child to address a variety of concerns:
- Parenting and communication skills
- Transitions like divorce or the death of a loved one
- Disagreements and power struggles
- Aggression towards peers and adults
- Chronic disregard for authority
- Difficulties with attention and concentration
- Stealing and lying
- Preoccupation with death or violence
- Developmental regression
- Persistent feelings of sadness, anger, stress and worry
- Low self-esteem
- Separation anxiety
- Difficulty making friends
- Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD)
- Social Communication Disorders
- Mood Disorders
- Conduct Disorder (CD) and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
- Attachment Disorders