Many people find it difficult to cope at times, and all people experience hardship at some stage in their life. Sometimes people find that things become overwhelming or perplexing. They may feel depressed, or become anxious or moody and not understand why. Many people suffer from a traumatic event that they have difficulty coming to terms with. Or perhaps they just feel that they need someone to talk to. Psychological Therapy can help with these kinds of issues by providing a time and place to talk through problems, to gain an understanding of why we react to things the way we do.
All of our psychologists have completed a Doctorate or a Masters in Psychology which is at least 6 years of university training, and have each worked for well over 10 years as registered psychologists. Treatment approaches include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Yarraville Health Group also offers a psychology service for children and adolescents of all ages. While children and adolescents experience many of the same mental health problems as adults, they often present in a different way. Children can have difficulties expressing their worries verbally and may instead do so through their actions. Parents may recognise a change in their child’s behaviour such as excessive worry, increased irritability, angry or aggressive behaviour, sleep problems, tearfulness, or refusal to attend school. Children may complain of feeling unwell when no physical illness is identified. While teenagers have better skills in describing their worries, they may feel embarrassed about doing so.
A Child and Adolescent Psychologist will be able to help you clarify whether your child’s change in behaviour is part of normal development or reflects a mental health problem. Psychologists who work with children and adolescents use a range of age-appropriate techniques to support them to express their concerns. Strategies which are play-based, or tap into themes which appeal to adolescents, are often used. Treatment for young people often involves work with parents or caregivers in some way. Treatment approaches include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Behavioural Parent Training (BPT), Mindfulness, play therapy and supportive counselling.