We provide evidence-based psychological assessments and treatments to address a wide range of developmental and psychological conditions that children, adolescents, and adults commonly experience. Our psychologists have extensive experience and training in the assessment and treatment of the following conditions:
Psychological Services for Children, Adolescents and Families
- Depression in children & adolescents
- Anxiety disorders (such as separation anxiety; generalised anxiety; specific phobias)
- Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
- Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorders (ADD & ADHD)
- Behavioural problems
- Family separation & co-parenting difficulties
- Trauma & Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Specific learning difficulties
- Social skills training (Secret Agent Society)
Psychological Services for Adults
- Depression & mood disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Relationship issues
- Trauma & Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Grief & bereavement
- Stress management
- Anger management
Psychological and Psychometric Assessments
Our psychologists are trained and experienced in completing a range of psychometric and diagnostic assessments with children and adults using the most up-to-date standardised assessment procedures and equipment. As a part of the assessments process we provide comprehensive reports which summarise individual’s strengths and difficulties, and provide recommendations for assistance and required supports.
Some of the psychological and psychometric assessments we provide are described below:
Cognitive Assessments (assessment of intellectual ability)
This type of assessment is used as a part of comprehensive clinical assessment to assess different areas of individual’s (child and adult) cognitive strengths and weaknesses and to assist in the examination of following psychological conditions:
- Intellectual difficulty or disability
- To assist in identifying learning difficulties or Specific Learning Disorders (in conjunction with educational assessment)
- Intellectual giftedness to provide information on a person’s intellectual and academic potential
Learning & Educational Assessments (assessment of academic achievement)
This type of assessments are used to evaluate child’s (and adults) academic achievement and their level of learning ability.
At times children may experience some learning challenges during the early years of their educational development. They may experience difficulties with literacy and/or numeracy acquisition despite their best efforts and motivation to succeed. In these circumstances, your child’s teacher is likely to raise some concerns about the child’s progress with learning.
Learning or educational assessments are useful in following circumstances:
- When assessing a child’s academic skill levels in reading, mathematics, writing and oral language and to evaluate whether a child might be developing as expected or struggling in specific areas of learning.
- When assessing for Specific Learning Difficulties in one or more areas of learning. A child may experience difficulty with reading (commonly referred to as dyslexia) and/or writing (dysgraphia) or problems with mathematics (dyscalculia).
- To be able to assist teaching staff with planning and provision of Individualised Educational Plans.
- To be able to assist teaching staff with planning and provision of extension activities or acceleration in particular subjects in cases where children are achieving above the expected age level.
If your child is experiencing any difficulties with learning it is important to investigate further to identify possible underlying problems and specific areas of difficulty.
Children and young people may at times display difficult, unusual or challenging behaviours unexpected for their age and stage of development. Behavioural assessments are useful in assessing specific conditions under which a child may exhibit behavioural difficulties. These difficulties may include concerns around social development and emotional problems, difficulties with attention and learning problems, and hyperactivity, impulsivity and aggression difficulties. We work collaboratively with children and young people, their parents and schools (teaching staff) in order to comprehensively assess and understand young person’s behavioural difficulties and possible causes.
If you would like more information about psychological testing or to discuss whether an assessment would be appropriate, it is usually best to book a consultation with one of our psychologists to determine whether the testing is necessary and the processes involved.
Secret Agent Society Social Skills Program
Our psychologists Virve (Vee) and Klaudija are trained facilitators of the Secret Agent Society social skills program for children. This is an innovative and evidence-based program for children with autism spectrum disorders and other social skills problems. Please refer to our Secret Agent Society page for more information. If you are interested about the specifics of the program and the delivery options we currently offer please contact our office for details.