Melbourne Child Psychology & School Psychology Services
We work exclusively with children, from preschoolers to teenagers, and their parents. We specialise in helping kids not only overcome personal challenges and adversity, but also learn how to achieve their full potential and thrive! Our psychologists are experts in child development, learning and education
Academic and extra-curricular pressures have increased dramatically and now affect children at a much younger age.
Anxiety, excessive worry and other mental health issues are at an all-time high.
According to research in 2015:
1 in 7 primary school kids experience a mental health issue
1 in 4 adolescents experience a mental health issue
65% of adolescents will not seek help for mental health issues
And without action, these challenges tend to continue and worsen throughout adolescence and into adulthood…
In fact, roughly half of all mental health disorders start by the age of 14.
That’s why early intervention is vital.
But resilience helps children to cope with stress and overcome everyday challenges.
And the best part?
Resilience is based on practical skills that can be taught.
For example, skills to help:
cope with stress
recognise and change unhelpful thoughts
solve problems independently
view challenges as opportunities for growth and improvement
break free of the “worry loop”
understand and regulate emotions
express how they feel
understand how others feel
reduce anger, frustration and conflicts
manage difficult social interactions
Research shows that children with these skills perform better, feel more in control and are less stressed.
And these skills are not “quick-fixes”…
Rather, they are “life skills” that remain relevant and effective through adolescence and adulthood.
That’s why we developed a Resilience-Focused Counselling program.
This program is delivered on a one-to-one basis by experienced child psychologists and carefully tailored to the needs of each child.
In these sessions, we teach children practical skills to help them build resilience and become more confident and capable of handling their everyday challenges.
“The best feeling is when clients tell us how much our efforts have helped create a positive difference in their lives. Our main aim is to help kids become empowered to reach their full potential and learn how to thrive at school, at home and in life!”
Deborah Jepsen, Educational Psychologist
What issues can we help with?
Here are the main ones:
Emotional challenges such as anxiety and worry, angry or difficult behaviour and grief or depression
Social challenges such as friendship problems, bullying or difficult social interactions
Learning challenges such as study and exam skills, organisation and planning, motivation and goal setting
How is our service different from other counselling services?
We focus on evidence-based methods that research has shown to be effective in building resilience.
We offer a private and independent service, away from the distractions of school.
Our psychologists have postgraduate training in educational psychology and experience working in schools.
Each one is an expert in children’s learning, psychological wellbeing and development.
And we include parents in the process as much as possible to help get the best possible outcomes.
When is counselling helpful?
Counselling may be helpful whenever a situation or feeling is affecting a child enough that it interferes with their ability to:
participate in school, sports or other activities
concentrate in class
do their schoolwork
communicate and get along with others
relax and sleep
or enjoy life
How do we help?
We use practical, evidence-based methods that are tailored to the needs and personality of each child and their specific family and school situations.
We teach valuable “life skills” and equip kids AND parents with the tools and strategies they need to overcome challenges, so they can reach their full potential – at school and in life.
What does counselling involve?
At each counselling session the child will spend some time individually with the psychologist, learning new skills and strategies, understanding emotions and strengths, reviewing progress and making adjustments.
At the end of each session parents are invited back for a brief summary of what was achieved and what skills need to be practised.
Parents may also be offered parent-only sessions to help make sure everyone is on the same page and working towards common goals.
Who are we?
A small team of child psychologists in Port Melbourne working exclusively with children, teenagers and parents.
What are our qualifications and experience?
Our staff are fully registered psychologists with postgraduate training and experience working in schools.
Is this a private service?
Yes, we offer a 100% private, independent and confidential service.
What about fees and rebates?
The initial 50 minute parent consultation is $250, less any applicable private health or Medicare rebate. A reduced rate of $200 is offered for future sessions paid at least one week in advance. The psychologist will explain rebate options during the initial parent consultation.
How many sessions are required?
It depends on the issues but as a rough idea most children with mild-to-moderate challenges require around 6 sessions, following the initial parent consultation.
This usually includes a few weekly sessions to learn and apply new skills and strategies and then a few less frequent sessions to reinforce healthy habits.
Because we are focused on teaching practical skills (rather than non-specific “talk therapy”) we typically expect to see some good progress made within the first couple of sessions.
Where are we located?
Suite 1 / 11 Beach Street, Port Melbourne (one block along the beach towards Albert Park from the corner of Bay Street).