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Clinical Psychology

Clinical Psychology aims to reduce psychological distress and to enhance and promote psychological wellbeing. Clinical Psychology deals with mental and physical health problems including anxiety, depression, relationship problems and addictions. Clinical Psychologists work with both adults and children; if you are looking for a ‘Child Psychologist’ you may well want someone with a clinical background.

A Clinical Psychologist can provide help for children and adolescents with a number of concerns:

  • Mood and Emotions: depression, anxiety, panic attacks, obsessions, compulsions, impact of trauma
  • Eating Difficulties: anorexia, bulimia, over-eating, faddy/fussy eater
  • Behavioural Difficulties: temper tantrums, anger outbursts, aggression, explosive behaviour
  • Self-Harm and Risk Taking: head-banging, cutting, suicidal ideation, putting self in danger
  • Self-Regulation: sleeping, feeding, wetting, soiling, eating disorders
  • Difficulties with Friendships: making and maintaining friends, isolation, withdrawal, being bullied and bullying
  • Difficulties with Development: autism, ADHD, general and specific learning disabilities
  • School Issues: attendance, academic progress, motivation, behaviour, relationships with teachers
  • Family Life: conflict between or with parents and/or siblings, separation, divorce, managing as a reconstituted family, illness, bereavement
  • Parenting: bonding, boundary setting, managing as a single parent, parenting effectively as a couple, relationship building, balancing work/life and family.
  • Adaptation: transitioning to or from life in a new school or country or family circumstance

A Clinical Psychologist can also provide help for adults with the following concerns:

  • Personal growth and development
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fear and panic reactions
  • Life transition issues
  • Stress management
  • Social anxiety and shyness
  • Anger management
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Loss, grief and trauma
  • Occupational stress
  • Attention and concentration difficulties
  • Interpersonal skills and effective communication
  • Relationship concerns
  • Marital/family conflict
  • Divorce
  • Gay and lesbian issues
  • Chronic illness and/or pain
  • Mind-body issues
  • Weight and body image concerns
  • Eating disorders
  • Acculturation

What type of therapy will work best depends on each individual situation. The range of therapies and treatment approaches to draw upon is broad, and includes:

  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy  (CBT)
  • Systemic Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Parent Education
  • Social Skills Training
  • Family Support Services
  • Psychoeducation to help the client and family understand the presenting problems.

Often a combination of approaches is valuable, and Psycho-Educational and Social-Emotional Evaluations can sometimes be part of a treatment program. All treatment programs will be carefully tailored to each individual and his or her family’s particular needs.