Psychology Toowong & Brisbane2022-03-10T18:01:29+10:00

How can we help you?

Our experienced team of child and family focused Psychologists can support you and your child with issues or concerns with learning, behaviour and emotions. Our Brisbane team offer a range of services including therapy, assessment, behaviour support plans as well as consultation and guidance for children, youth and families.  All approaches are tailored to meet the needs of the individual child or family and approaches stem from a strong research base.  Our Brisbane Psychologist’s offer high quality support and are committed to maintaining this high level of care.

Based at our Toowong clinic we have a highly qualified and experienced team of Psychologist’s available to support children, youth and families. Each of our Psychologist’s have different skills and interests, enabling us to match a clinician most suitable to your child’s needs. We are able to offer services in our Toowong clinic as well as in home and school support around Toowong, where and when appropriate.  Telehealth services are also available across Australia. Funding may be available through NDIS or Medicare.

We can help in the following areas:

Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. Some of the signs of mental health concerns tend to be:

1. Feeling anxious or worried

2. Feeling depressed or unhappy

3. Emotional outbursts

4. Sleep problems

5. Weight or appetite changes

6. Quiet or withdrawn

7. Substance abuse

8. Feeling guilty or worthless

9. Changes in behaviour or feelings

If you or your child is experiencing mental health concerns or just not themselves, it is may be important that you seek professional support sooner rather than later. We are very experienced at supporting children, youth and families managing mental health concerns. Our Psychologists offer a professional and private telehealth & online service, using technology that enables you to access services wherever your location in Australia.

Don’t forget that you can ask your GP for a referral as part of a Mental Health Care Plan and medicare will then cover some of the cost of seeing the psychologist.

There are many ways challenging behaviour can present including verbal opposition and aggression, acting out, socially inappropriate behaviours, meltdowns and tantrums and even breaking things. When faced with difficult behaviours in children and young people it can be quite confronting and it can impact your own emotions and wellbeing

What is acceptable or what is considered difficult behaviour will be different for everyone and also be dependent on age. Some behaviours that are commonly found challenging include:

  • defiance (e.g., refusing to follow your requests)
  • fussiness (e.g., refusal to eat certain foods or wear certain clothes)
  • hurting other people (e.g., biting, kicking)
  • excessive anger when the child doesn’t get their own way
  • tantrums.

Our Brisbane Psychologists can work with you and your child to understand the priority issues and offer support to you deal with challenging behaviour effectively. We are experienced in consulting with professionals and families to develop and implement behaviour support plans focused on appropriate strategies and supports for your child. Our supports can be provided at our clinic, in the home or at school.

We also offer telehealth psychology and online service to help make it easier for those who are unable to visit our Toowong Psychology team’s consulting rooms in person.

Reactions to traumatic events or experiences can be present for a child or young person long after the experience itself. Trauma memories are stored differently to regular memories and can be triggered by minor things including smells, sights or sounds. Trauma reactions may present as behaviours they are considered is “hyperactive” or it may be they are having difficulty learning and concentrating. If you are worried your child may be finding things challenging as a result of trauma we can offer support to them. Our Psychologists will provide a safe environment so your child can make sense of their experience and support them to build skills to manage.

A child’s response to a distressing or highly stressful experience will depend on an array of factors including their age, stage of development and personality, and the impact of the experience on their parents or other significant people in their life. It’s common for children to react in ways you wouldn’t expect.

Trauma reactions may include:

  • withdrawal – such as loss of interest or confidence in activities and participation, not wanting to talk or baby-like behaviours
  • preoccupation – The child may be overly concerned about the possibility of future events and want to relive it regularly
  • anxiety – such as problems with concentrating or paying attention, clingy behaviour, sleep problems and irritable behaviour
  • physical symptoms – such as headaches and stomach aches.

We offer evidence based   therapeutic approaches to manage trauma, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Our psychologists, based in Toowong, offer professional private online sessions for those are not able to visit our psychologist’s consulting rooms in person.

It Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and is a different way of thinking, a neurological developmental difference that changes the way you relate to the environment and people around you. In simple terms, ASD changes the way you see, experience and understand the world. Although it is estimated around 230,000 Australians have ASD, roughly 1 in every 100 people ASD is experienced differently for everyone.

If your child having difficulty with:

  • social communication
  • understanding or expressing emotions
  • unusually restricted interests

it may be worthwhile to talk to a qualified professional to determine if your child should be assessed for Autism. Children and young people with autism can be easily misunderstood and often benefit from support from experienced and trained professionals including psychologists, speech pathologists and paediatricians.

Our Brisbane Psychologists offer assessments and support for autism, including behaviour support plans. We can also provide practical information and support for parents and carers on how to respond to behaviours or concerns related to autism.

Your child may be eligible for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) financial assistance. For more information please visit our NDIS page.

All children and young people experience highs and lows, but for some, they will go through prolonged periods of sadness. Depression and feeling depressed is more than just sadness; it’s a combination of how we think, feel and behave. As a parent or caregiver, you might see that your child is withdrawing from others for no apparent reason, has lost interest in activities they usually enjoy or are having difficulty with concentration and memory. Research highlights the importance of early intervention in these instances.

Our Toowong based Psychologists can provide therapy and support for your child or young person to support them managing their depression towards a brighter life. Our Brisbane Psychology team offer a range of evidence based techniques for depression including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

Stress is known as any demand placed on your brain or physical body. The feeling of being stressed can be any time or event that makes you feel frustrated or nervous. Most people experience stress and anxiety from time to time, including children and young people.  Anxiety is a feeling of fear, worry, or unease. It can be a reaction to stress, or it can occur in people who are unable to identify significant stressors in their life.

In the short-term stress and anxiety are not always bad-they can help you overcome a challenge or dangerous situation. If stress and anxiety begin interfering with you or your child’s daily life, there might be a more serious issue. If you or your child are avoiding situations due to irrational fears, constantly worrying, or experiencing severe anxiety about a traumatic event weeks after it happened, it may be time to seek help.

Our Brisbane Psychologists can help by offering proven strategies based on individual need and goals such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

Would you like help with parenting, navigating life’s challenges as a parent or dealing with any challenging aspects of family life?

We will provide you with support, counselling and strategies so you can help your kids learn to overcome challenges at school, at home and in life.

With the right support and advice you can help your kids reach their full potential and thrive!

As children enter the teenage years they begin to feel pressure to be accepted by their peers. as a parent, you may think you are fighting a losing battle when it comes to the influence of your child’s peers on their wellbeing, however, you may have much more influence than you think. The relationship between you and your child, particularly in times of uncertainty and complexity, can have a large influence on their choices and wellbeing.

Our Brisbane Psychologists are wonderfully placed to assist you to support your child to grow the skills they need to handle conflict and build their resilience. Our Toowong Psychology team provides counselling and therapy for children and teenagers, and general parent support.

If you are concerned your child may be experiencing difficulty in the classroom, a learning assessment can be helpful. A common fear for parents is that a learning difficulty means their child’s ability to learn is significantly limited. However, if your child does have a learning difficulty, it does not mean they have low intelligence. A learning difficulty affects the way your child receives, remembers and processes information and understanding this information can support them in their learning.

Our Brisbane Psychologists can provide assessments for a potential learning difficulty using our evidence-based assessment tools. We will then closely support you, your child and the learning environment implement the right strategies to allow your child to achieve to the best of their ability.

It is not uncommon for parents to have difficulty with children whose behaviour is challenging, particularly if it results in outbursts of anger and violence. You may be worried that your child will act out public and social settings or feel responsible for your child’s behaviours . It is normal and reasonable to seek support if you feel that issues are too much to handle on your own.

Our Brisbane Psychologists can provide support to you and your child to understand your child, whilst restoring and maintaining a strong relationship with each other.

Social relationships contribute to a strong sense of identity for your child are very important as your child grows.  A child’s development and learning is intertwined with their emerging social relationships. As a parent it is only natural that you want to support your child to develop healthy relationships with peers. If your child has challenges developing relationships with others, or they lack confidence to do so, our Brisbane Psychologists are trained to provide support you and your child.

Please get in touch if you and your child would like support to develop their skills and ability to form healthy relationships with others.

Families are complex. The relationships and role within the family unit contribute to the health of the family system as a whole. If you are worried about the impact of your child’s behaviour on your family, or are worried about your approaches to parenting,

If family conflict is left to continue, it can significantly impact future family relationships. Research also indicates the risk to emotional wellbeing fs negative family interactions continue, often leading to depression and suicidality throughout the teenage years and into adulthood. Our approach to family conflict deals with the parent-child relationship as the key component of a healthy and happy family.

Our Brisbane Psychologists offer an evidence-based approach to work with families, which includes spending time with you, your child and other family members in an open and non-judgemental environment, honing in on strengths and understanding needs.us. If you would like to know more about this, please contact us we have trained Psychologists that can offer family therapy-based support.

Drug and alcohol misuse during teenage years places the development of you or your child’s brain at risk. There can be long-term consequences surrounding their physical, emotional and mental health. It is an important issue that can be addressed with the right intervention and support.

Our Brisbane Psychologists adopt a non-judgemental, evidence-based approach in changing behaviour called motivational interviewing that can help your child with their alcohol or drug use problem.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How involved are parents in sessions with a Psychologist?2022-03-01T15:22:31+10:00

Depending on the age of the child and other factors, our Brisbane Psychologists will involve parents and carers as much as possible in the sessions to ensure the best possible outcomes. It can be beneficial to be present during your child’s session as you can learn about specific strategies which will help the at home and in the community. Your child may prefer to work individually in the session which is okay and we can chat to you at the end of the session.

What to expect in the first session with your Psychologist?2022-03-01T15:23:05+10:00

Your first session with your Brisbane Psychologist will focus on getting to know you and your child. Your Psychologist will to over important paperwork with you including brief information form for you to complete, a consent form (covering issues such as confidentiality and fees), and other important information about your support. If you have been referred by a third party or have a GP referral, we will review this.

The rest of the session our Psychologist will spend time understanding you, your, concerns and what you would goals you would like to achieve. Our Psychologist’s know what questions to ask to obtain the relevant information they need. Often people are worried about what to say but be assured that our Psychologist’s will guide you.

There is no “typical” session in Psychology and there are a range of different approaches we will use that are tailored to your specific concerns and situation.

How many sessions will my child or I need with a Psychologist?2022-03-01T15:18:19+10:00

The number of sessions you have with your Brisbane Psychologist will be different for each individual. For some, their concern or problem may only require a short intervention, whilst other may be more complex and need a longer term approach. Your Psychologist will work with your and your child to develop a plan to provide you a clearer idea of what to expect.

How long are the sessions with a Psychologist?2022-03-01T15:17:08+10:00

Our standard appointment time for a Brisbane Psychologist is 50 minutes direct session time, plus 10 minutes clinician time for notes and preparation. Shorter and longer appointment times may be available upon request.

Appointment times for Assessments can vary also.

Do I need a referral to see a Psychologist?2022-03-01T15:14:02+10:00

No you don’t need a referral to see one of our Brisbane Psychologists. You can book directly with us, however, Medicare rebates are available if you qualify for a GP referral such as a Mental Health Care Plan or Enhanced Primary Care Plan/Chronic Disease Management Plan. Talk to your GP to find out if you are eligible.

What is the cost to see a Psychologist?2022-03-01T15:11:41+10:00

Our Psychology rates are $185ph for a Registered Psychologist or as per the NDIS Price Guide for NDIS participants. Medicare rebates may also be available, speak to your GP if you are unsure.

Can I get a rebate?2022-03-01T15:15:23+10:00

Under certain conditions, rebates may be available through a GP referral. For example, if you have a Mental Health Care Plan from a GP, you are eligible for a rebate of $88.25 (Registered Psychologist) for up to 10 or 20 sessions.

What assessments can your Psychologists provide?2022-03-01T15:39:30+10:00

Our Brisbane Psychologists offer a range of assessments. They are trained and experienced in assessments focused on  cognition and learning, behaviour, autism and much more. Contact us for more information about our assessments.

Do your Psychologists see children with Autism?2022-03-01T15:37:21+10:00

Yes we do. Our Brisbane Psychology team has extensive experience and training in working with children with Autism. We have multiple Psychologists that are trained to complete comprehensive Autism assessments. Beam Health offers a multidisciplinary team of Speech Pathologists, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists and Behaviour Specialists that can provide evidence based, multidisciplinary support and intervention for Autism.

What if my child is nervous about seeing a Psychologist?2022-03-01T15:28:02+10:00

It is very common, and completely normal for people, particularly children, to be anxious about meeting someone new, particularly a Psychologist. Often, they are unsure of what to expect or are worried they are ‘in trouble’, ‘bad’ or have something ‘wrong’ with them. It is helpful to explain that visiting a Psychologist is like visiting a doctor for your physical health; a Psychologist can help with our thoughts, feelings and the way we do things. We see lots of children, young people and families for a range of reasons, some with quite complex concerns, some that just need a ‘check-up’ and some that just need support to develop skills in a certain area.

Our Brisbane Psychology team has extensive experience working with children and young people and will tailor the session to ensure both you and your child feel comfortable. We often find that after their first session, children look forward to sessions as they enjoy having a safe place where they can be themselves, work on things that may be bothering them and talk about things they may find difficult. Our clinics are designed with children and families in mind, with bright and beautiful spaces that often captivate children.

Do you offer online appointments for Psychology?2022-03-01T15:25:12+10:00

Yes we offer telehealth or online sessions for those where it is suitable and preferred. Our Psychology team based in Toowong uses a high quality and safe telehealth platform which is easily accessible for everyone. Let us know if you would like to arrange a telehealth session.

Are you a registered NDIS provider?2022-03-01T15:32:09+10:00

We sure are. Beam Health is a registered service provider for multiple categories of support including the key therapeutic categories of  Improved Daily Living and Improved Relationships. Please talk to our helpful administration team if you have any questions about what you can access at Beam Health with your NDIS funding, including Speech Pathology services on the Central Coast.

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