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Child Psychology

According to recent studies, approximately 14% of Australian children and adolescents experience mental health issues. Even children under five experience separation anxiety, poor sleep, and autism spectrum disorders. There is a rise in social anxiety, problematic screen use, peer relationship difficulties, and ADHD in older children and adolescents. Yet only a fraction of Aussie kids receives the support they need. This is where child psychologists step in as invaluable allies. Our Child Psychologist is trained to guide your child to navigate the often tricky waters of emotions, thoughts, and behaviours.

Child Psychology Tools

Child psychologists employ a variety of tools and strategies, from talking and playing to teaching coping mechanisms, all designed to empower your child. They're not just focused on the child alone; they extend their support to the whole family, providing insights and techniques to foster a nurturing environment. Whether your child is dealing with anxiety about school or struggling with family dynamics, a child psychologist guides them towards a path of resilience and well-being.

Nurturing Healthy Minds

Child psychology issues can vary widely, influenced by factors such as culture, environment, and access to healthcare. Our child psychologist can help you address any concerns you may have about  your child, including anxiety, depression, learning disorders, cyberbullying, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorders.

Our Child Psychology Services



Anxiety is an umbrella term, showing up as generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety, separation anxiety, and phobias. Learning deep breathing techniques can provide relaxation and a sense of control and confidence over one’s body.


Does your child have mood disturbances, low energy levels, poor appetite, and loss of interest in activities they once enjoyed? The child psychologist provides a safe space where the child can feel understood and accepted. This understanding builds trust and helps the child open up about their experiences and challenges.

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

We offer ADHD assessment, diagnosis and management. Our child psychologist can teach children behavioural techniques to manage symptoms of ADHD, such as impulsivity, inattention, and hyperactivity. Techniques might include setting up routines, using timers for tasks, or breaking down big tasks into smaller, more manageable steps.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

ASD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that appears in early childhood but it can go unnoticed. 1 in 100 Australians is somewhere on the autistic spectrum. A child psychologist can help you recognize early signs of autism and support your child in developing its unique gifts and skills and leading a fulfilling life.

Learning Disorders

Dyslexia, dyscalculia, and other specific learning disorders can impact a child's ability to read, write, or work with numbers, affecting their academic performance and self-esteem. A child psychologist can create a safe space focusing on the child’s strengths and successes and highlighting their talents and achievements.


Our Psychologists can guide your child on using technology responsibly and employing safety measures online. They also support families, offering advice on how to navigate the digital world and how to provide emotional support to their children during this time.

Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorders

The child psychologist’s support helps the child process their emotions, reduce symptoms, and regain a sense of normalcy after a traumatic event. Exposure therapy in a safe and controlled environment can help reduce the power triggers have over the child’s emotions. We teach the child and their family strategies to manage symptoms, such as relaxation techniques and positive self-talk. Become more empowered and feel more in control and confident in your and your child’s ability to cope with difficult emotions and situations. .

School Refusal Support & School Visits

School refusal is a nuanced behaviour influenced by factors like anxiety, separation issues, social challenges, and academic struggles. Our dedicated child psychologist specialises in addressing these concerns, offering support and guidance. We also offer school visits for comprehensive assistance.

Psychometric Testing

Uncover your child's strengths and areas for development through our tailored tests. Gain insights into their thinking, personality, and behaviour, helping parents, educators, and professionals make informed decisions about education, milestones, and well-being.

Social Skills Training

Building strong social skills is essential for a child's growth. Our child psychologist specialises in personalised social skills training crafted for young minds. Through interactive and engaging sessions, we direct our efforts on enriching communication, empathy, and cooperation, ensuring that every child feels understood and supported on their unique journey.

Parenting Support

Parenting comes with both joys and challenges. Our child psychologist is here to provide guidance and tools tailored for you offering a caring approach to address various parenting concerns, from handling challenging behaviours to fostering positive communication. We're here to support you every step of the way on your parenting journey.

Meet Your Child Psychologist

Joanne Sorrentino

Child Psychologist