Child Psychologist in Edmonton

Child Psychologist in Edmonton 

Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.
— Fred Rogers
 Child psychologist for children and adolescents

Bringing out the best in your kids

Something we all have in common as parents, is that we want our children to be happy, healthy, and successful. We want them to grow, acquire new skills and knowledge, recognize and develop their special gifts and talents, and form gratifying relationships with others. Further, we want them to develop the skills they will need to meet and overcome life’s challenges. Human development, however, does not always proceed in a simple and consistent manner.

70%

of mental health problems have their onset during childhood or adolescence [1]

17%

of children ages 2-5 years meet diagnostic criteria for mental health problems [2]

 

Certain stressors can have a drastic impact on children and adolescents, leading to emotional outbursts, mood swings, unresolved anger issues, or other emotional disturbances. For times like these, a psychologist that is trained in general psychology with a specialty in child therapy can help them learn to cope with their emotional needs. At Edgar Psychological, we are dedicated to working with you to uncover the root cause of your child’s struggles, employing effective child therapy techniques to meet the problems head on and give your child the strength they need to succeed.

Mental health concerns and life events we can help with include:

Family Concerns

  • Parenting and communication skills
  • Transitions like divorce or the death of a loved one
  • Disagreements and power struggles

Behavioral Concerns

  • Tantrums
  • Aggression towards peers and adults
  • Chronic disregard for authority
  • Impulsivity
  • Difficulties with attention and concentration
  • Bullying
  • Stealing and lying
  • Preoccupation with death or violence
  • Developmental regression

Emotional Concerns

  • Persistent feelings of sadness, anger, stress and worry
  • Low self-esteem
  • Separation anxiety
  • Difficulty making friends

Diagnoses

 

What is the purpose of a child psychologist for children and adolescents?

All children go through stages of internal conflict which may lead to changes in behavior and emotional state. Some children have trouble coping with transitions, family changes (e.g. a birth of a sibling or divorce), traumatic events, losses, and physical illness. Many children (and parents) need a little extra help to navigate optimally through these rough patches. A child psychologist from Edgar Psychological can help you and your child recognize difficult situations and provide you with the necessary tools to handle them as they come. Therapy is a special and safe space where children receive the care and attention they need during troubled times.
 

Benefits of counselling and therapy for children and adolescents

Understanding your child’s experiences, feelings, and thoughts is crucial if you want to get to the bottom of what’s bothering them. Accessing counseling for your child through Edgar Psychological is a first step in the right direction. Unresolved problems can impede a child’s development, but with the right counseling in the formative years, you can provide your child with healthy skills and strategies that they can use for their life time.  Benefits of counseling may include:

  • Higher self-esteem
  • Better social skills
  • Better problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Decrease in aggressive or problematic behavior
  • Stronger communication skills
  • Fewer instances of acting out in school
  • Improved grades
  • Improved relationships with peers
  • Decreased Anxiety
  • Elevated mood

What to expect?

At Edgar Psychological, the process begins with a parent interview where we discuss your concerns and gather information about your child and your family history. Based on that information, we will determine the most effective intervention. Sometimes a few parenting sessions are all that is needed; other times, individual child or interactive parent-child therapy is recommended. Recommendations to parents, as well as referrals to other professionals, are also sometimes integral parts of the process.

Next Steps

If you are concerned about your child's mental health or have received a diagnosis for your child that you need support with, Edgar Psychological can help.


The path of development is a journey of discovery that is clear only in retrospect, and it’s rarely a straight line.
— Eileen Kennedy-Moore

[1] Government of Canada. (2006). The human face of mental health and mental illness in Canada. Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada

[2] Clinton, J., Kays-Burden, A., Carter, C., Bhasin, K., Cairney, J., Carrey, N., Janus, M., Kulkarni, C. and Williams, R. (2014) Supporting Ontario's Youngest Minds: Investing in the Mental Health of Children Under 6. Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health.