What does a child psychologist do?

by | Jul 16, 2020 | Children | 1 comment

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.