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Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problems experienced by young people

Child Anxiety Conditions

Early on in Shannyn’s career as a Child Psychologist, she quickly found her niche area of passion and effective intervention. Anxiety is a very broad term for a range of anxiety-based presentations, and can encompass the following:

  • Generalised Anxiety
  • Separation Anxiety
  • School Refusal / Anxiety
  • Night time Anxiety
  • Social Anxiety
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Child Stress
  • Family Functioning Stress
  • Environmental Stress
  • Phobias & Fears
  • Strong Avoidance Patterns
  • Panic Attacks
  • Panic Disorder
  • Rigid Preferences and Difficulties Adjusting to Change
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Sleep Difficulties
  • Adjustment Difficulties
  • Perfectionism / High Standards
  • Transitions to Kinder & School
  • Anxiety surrounding Sensory Issues

Other Common Psychological Conditions

Child anxiety often occurs within the context of other factors or developmental concerns. Shannyn treats a range of other common presenting social, emotional and behavioural concerns in childhood, including:

  • Emotion Regulation Difficulties
  • Friendship Difficulties
  • Depression
  • Behavioural Issues
  • Bullying
  • Low self-esteem and reduced confidence
  • Learning Difficulties and academic concerns
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Family Relationship Difficulties
  • Separation & Divorce
  • Grief & Loss
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
  • Anger & Irritability
  • Disordered Body Image
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Trauma
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Dr Carli Growcott

Why See a Child Psychologist

Many children can experience a range of challenges as they go through their journey of childhood. Some of these challenges are part of growing up and will resolve on their own, with the existing support network around them. 

However, at times, children may display ongoing or intense symptoms that impact their functioning or quality of life, and parents may become concerned about their child’s emotional and psychological well-being. This is where it may be helpful to receive some professional guidance from a Child Psychologist.

When children and families participate in counselling with a trusted child psychologist, they develop a sense of safety and support, and a special space to build their own inner resources and coping tools to address their current challenges. The process of child psychology treatment assists families in finding new ways to support their child, as well as an opportunity for their child to develop their own skill set in managing their challenges, build resilience skills, and increases a child’s sense of independence, self-esteem, and well-being.

Often support can be delivered to children in a range of ways. Sometimes it is more effective and appropriate to have the parents of the child attend sessions, so that psychology supports parental growth, awareness, and skills building, which can filter down support to their child. Parents can be a very powerful source of significant change for children, and with their ability to provide support for all of those hours away from the therapy session, sometimes it just makes more sense to ask parents to attend treatment, rather than the child. Each child and family presentation is unique and attending a parent-only appointment to begin with, allows us to collaboratively work with parents to explore the entire picture, and discuss possible avenues for change.

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