If you’re thinking about taking your child to see a psychologist, it is normal to have questions about what child psychologists do, and how they can help your family. In this blog, I’ll answer some commonly asked questions about what a child psychologist does.
What does a child psychologist do?
A psychologist is a health professional who specialises in human behaviour. Their expertise is in the way people think, feel, and behave. Child psychologists have a special interest in working with kids. They are trained to know the sorts of problems that kids face, and how to support young people. Child psychologists know that each child is unique, and will take the time to get to know your child in order to tailor an individualised treatment plan for their needs.
How can they help?
Child psychologists can help with:
– Behavioural difficulties, and diagnoses like Autism Spectrum Disorder or ADHD
– Tricky feelings and mental health problems like stress, anxiety, sadness, or anger
– Problems with family or friend relationships
– Learning difficulties
– Sleep problems
Kids who see child psychologists can learn skills to help them manage their emotions, bounce back from challenging situations, grow in confidence, and have better relationships. When a child has good mental health, they feel happy, think positively about themselves, and are better equipped to cope with ups and downs. These skills will help them for life.
Seeing a child psychologist for the first time may take some courage, however we hope it will be a worthy investment towards the well-being of your child and family. If you have any further questions about how we can support your child, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
Lauren Chee (M Clin Psych, BSc (Hons – First Class)) is a psychologist who understands the importance of forming a genuine and caring therapeutic relationship with each individual she sees. Lauren is registered with Medicare and is also an approved practitioner in the NSW Workers Compensation System.
Lauren has experience working with both children and adults within schools, private clinics, and inpatient and outpatient hospital settings. Her warm and supportive approach helps her clients feel comfortable exploring their concerns in order to develop practical strategies to reach their goals. Some of the issues she has helped her clients with include depression, anxiety, perfectionism, adjustment to significant life change, self-esteem, grief, learning difficulties, and school and work-related stress.
In her work, Lauren recognises the individuality of each person and their story, and provides uniquely tailored treatments to support her clients. By being committed to the latest psychological research, she is able to equip her clients with evidence-based skills and knowledge that can lead to positive and lasting change. Lauren is a dedicated and approachable psychologist with a passion for helping her clients live a life in line with their personal values.
Lauren has a special interest in:
Anxiety Disorders e.g. Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, Health Anxiety
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Social Skills and Assertiveness
Parenting and Attachment
Child Mental Health and Wellbeing
Learning Difficulties e.g. ADHD, specific learning disorders
Outside of work, Lauren enjoys spending time in nature, discovering new music, and sharing delicious meals with her friends and family.