Unfortunately parenting does not come with a manual and your child's development can be a confusing journey. This is where guidance from an experienced professional can help. Child Psychologists play an important role in helping children, parents and families as a whole to understand each other better. As well as identifying and treating a wide range of childhood conditions, Child Psychologists can explain behaviours and emotions to parents so they know how to best help their child achieve their potential.
Child Psychologists are qualified professionals with postgraduate qualifications in human behaviour. They use their highly developed skills, knowledge and expertise to develop a deep understanding of a child's needs, feelings and motivations. These professionals can help children develop social skills, teach them to regulate their emotions, encourage healthy self-esteem and increase their insight. Parents can also benefit by learning skills to respond appropriately to a child's behaviours and feelings with the aim to promote development and reduce unnecessary stress.
Children are often referred from a variety of sources and for a diversity of reasons. For instance, a child's teacher may suggest to a parent that contacting a Child Psychologist may be a good idea if they believe a child is struggling to reach their potential. Many parents also self-refer to gain insight into their child's needs and to seek guidance about their child's development. Some concerns may be age appropriate and could respond quite quickly to treatment. However in some instances children may benefit from more comprehensive assessment and diagnosis to better clarify and communicate their needs. This can help address any developmental delays or mental health conditions, as well as facilitating access to appropriate supports.
Overall, it's important to remember that Child Psychologists are there to help and ultimately want to assist children to reach their potential. Their goal is for families to interact and communicate better, while helping children to lead happy and successful lives. Our Child Psychologists in Newcastle help many children and families on a daily basis. Contact us now for more details on how we can help you and your family.
Child Psychologist Daniel Wendt is the Principal Clinical Psychologist of Oracle Psychology in Newcastle, NSW.