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Children and Teens

Up to 20% of children and adolescents are affected by persistent and excessive worry that can manifest as generalised anxiety disorder, separation anxiety and social phobia. Childhood anxiety should be treated to prevent underachievement in education, adult substance abuse and depression, experts warn.
- The Daily Telegraph

Children and TeensAdvantage Psychology is a family-orientated psychology practice. We pride ourselves on focusing on children and teen issues and solutions. Our psychologists are always up to date on the latest research and use evidence-based therapeutic interventions for children and adolescents.

We treat every child as an individual depending on their needs and goals of therapy. Our assessments are very thorough and include liaising with parents, teachers, school counselors and pediatricians. Our therapy is tailored to your child’s needs in every area of their development.

Why seek help?

Problems in childhood and adolescence impact a child in various areas of development, including academic life, social aspects and emotions. It’s crucial that all children are given the opportunity to grow into confident adults.

Children with behavioural problems often display the following behaviour:

  • Defiance
  • Constant arguing with adults
  • Short attention span/hyperactivity
  • Tantrums
  • Frequent loss of temper
  • Bullies or threatens others
  • Often angry or resentful
  • Physically/verbally aggressive.

Children experiencing problems such as anxiety or depression usually display the following symptoms:

  • School refusal
  • Low moods
  • Excessive worries
  • Irritability
  • Low self-esteem
  • Distress when separated
  • Panic attacks
  • Fear and avoidance of situations or objects

Advantage Psychology offers a range of other services that intertwine with children issues:

  • Parent Management Training assists parents with children exhibiting behavioural problems.
  • Learning disability testing and educational assessments clarify cognitive strengths and difficulties with an aim to maxmise learning and identifying potential issues.
  • Group work in regard to depression and anxiety management.
  • Aptitude testing to identify work-related skills and abilities to ensure a job that is a better fit according to individual needs and strengths.
  • Career planning assessment and counselling for students who need guidance to identify suitable job options based on skills, aptitudes and interests.
  • Coaching and preparing students for job interviews and assessment center processes.
  • We also help with Adjustment issues, including family separation and divorce.
Last Updated: 30 Jan, 2009

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