Therapy at Our Practice
The idea of therapy can seem daunting for some young people and their families.
At The Young Mind Clinic, we are acutely aware of this, and try to make the process as comfortable and helpful as possible.
Our wonderful admin manager, Julia, will talk you through who you might like to see and what to expect. She will take care of the little details to make sure your visit goes as smoothly as possible.
The rooms themselves have a friendly and comfortable atmosphere and whilst we are situated within an office suite, it’s warm and relaxed atmosphere with room for children to play with our tubs of toys, read our books or for parents to peruse a magazine in the wait room will put everybody at ease.
Once you are in session, our warm and friendly psychologists will work collaboratively with you and your child to determine the best path forward.
Therapy is offered for a range of social, emotional and behavioural concerns. Clients referred to the practice may present with a diagnosis from their doctor or be showing signs and symptoms of:
- Anxiety including phobias, social anxiety, separation anxiety, generalised anxiety
- Perfectionism and procrastination
- Exam stress and other academic concerns
- Obsessive Compulsive behaviours and tics
- Sleep problems
- Emotional dysregulation
- Social difficulties (including bullying as part of normal childhood and adolescent challenges as well as in the context of more pervasive difficulties such as and Autism Spectrum Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
- Behavioural difficulties
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Oppositional behaviour
- Parenting issues
If your child is experiencing a difficulty not listed, please contact the clinic as this is not an exhaustive list.
What to expect when booking in
If your child is under 16, it is likely that you will be asked to come in first for an initial consult without your child, to provide an opportunity to go through necessary background information (including, developmental and medical history, preschool and school adjustment, family situation factors and family history as well as important information regarding the presenting problem and history of the presenting problem).
This allows for frank and open discussion prior to engaging the child in the therapy process and also determines what might be the best next step (e.g. parent based sessions. individual therapy for child, psychometric or diagnostic assessment).
If your child is 16 and above (and occasionally if the child is younger, depending on issue and individual), who will be invited to attend with your child for the first consultation.
It is likely that you and your child will spend some time with the psychologist together and separately for this session. (Read more about therapy at different ages and stages in Latest News & Articles.)