When should you see a psychologist

Children face many anxious or challenging situations as they grow up. This is a normal part of childhood and they generally learn to manage such situations without any lasting detrimental effect. However, sometimes a child may not be able to manage a certain situation or circumstance, is unable to cope, and he or she could then start exhibiting behaviours or symptoms that are worrying and which impact their daily life. The parents become worried about the wellbeing of their child. In such a situation, a child psychologist can offer professional guidance and help the parents find ways to support the child by aiding them in comprehending what their child is going through, and then assisting the child in dealing with his or her fears and worries, using strategies to gain resilience, build self-esteem and acquire coping skills for life.

Treating Anxiety in Children

The Centre for Emotion Focused Practice offers child counselling services, with both individual therapy and family therapy for young people. A wide range of problems stemming from anxiety can be explored and worked through in a safe, non-judgmental, facilitated environment with a child psychologist. These include:

  • stress
  • social anxiety
  • school anxiety
  • Avoidant behaviours
  • adjustment difficulties
  • difficulties with school transitions
  • self-esteem issues
  • panic attacks
  • phobias
  • night time fears and anxiety
  • performance anxiety
  • OCD
  • perfectionism

Other Emotional, Psychological or Behavioural issues treated by a Child Psychologist

Lonely Child | When should you go to a child psychologist

Every child psychologist at the Centre for Emotion Focused Practice is a highly experienced professional who can help the child deal with a variety of psychological, emotional or behavioural issues including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • PTSD
  • Abuse
  • Problems at school
  • Difficulty in forming friends
  • Bullying
  • Learning disorders
  • Autism
  • ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder)
  • Impulse control
  • Parents separating or divorcing
  • Family relationship problems
  • Grief and loss
  • Anger management
  • Self Esteem issues
  • Body image

The Centre for Emotion Focused Child Counselling Services helps children find resolution to their problems by finding healthy solutions for their conflicts and issues. The Centre for Emotion Focused Practice is a safe, secure, and ethical place where children get the opportunity to explore their emotions and forge out an effective and long-lasting change.

To find out more about our child counselling services or to get an appointment, please call the Centre for Emotion Focused Practice at (03) 9820 5577.


The centre’s therapists are all fully qualified and strive for empathy, genuineness, respect and a positive working alliance during child psychology appointments. This has been shown to be the best predictor of a curative outcome. Head to the Child Psychology Practitioners’ page to view the practitioners’ profiles and to find out more about them.

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