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Children & Parenting

Parenting is often considered one of the most challenging jobs, and of the most important responsibilities you will have in your life. Talk about pressure, right?

Adjusting to parenthood isn't only a challenge in the early stages of your child's life. As your child grows and develops, there may be a whole new set of challenges, therefore adjustment can be an ongoing process in many developmental stages. Infants, toddlers, children, adolescents... they all act and behave differently, and navigating this can be tricky as a parent.

Whether you are presenting to the clinic seeking support for your child, or support for yourself within a parenting capacity, we are here to support you.

For Parents: We recommend considering the Circle of Security - Parenting Programme, which we offer here at Lively Lifestyles Psychology. 

For children's psychology appointments (ages 0-5): the initial consultation is a parent-interview so that we can establish your main concerns and goals for your child. We prefer in-person appointments for children's psychology. 

What we can help with

  • Social Skills Support for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  • Self-Regulation

  • Social-Emotional Learning

  • Executive Functioning

  • Perspective Taking

  • Social Problem Solving

  • Emotional Regulations Difficulties

  • Anxiety, including separation anxiety

  • Self-Confidence & Self-Esteem

  • Behaviour Management

  • Parenting Skills 

  • Understanding the ABC's of Behaviour & How to Use This in Parenting Practices

Every child is different but there are a number of signs that your child may benefit from seeing a psychologist. Some of these include:

  • Low Mood, Withdrawal or Avoidance

  • Heightened Anxiety Impacting on Daily Life (e.g. separation anxiety)

  • Conflict or Separation at Home (divorce, grief & loss)

  • Difficulties with Friendships and Navigating Social Cues

  • Social Difficulties when Engaging with Others

  • Extreme Emotional Reactions (which seem incongruent with the context/situation)

  • Physical symptoms of Anxiety (with no physiological cause/reason e.g. regular tummy aches or headaches – but no physical issues found by medical professional) ​

How do I know if my child should see a Psychologist?

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