Child, Adolescent & Teen Psychology in Perth

There are different developmental stages throughout childhood. Infancy and toddlerhood encompasses the first two years of life. Early childhood relates to the age group between two to six years. Middle childhood relates to the age group between six to eleven years, and adolescence commences from the age of 12 years. Each of these stages has its own developmental challenges, for both the child and the parents. Sometimes, it is difficult to ascertain whether these challenges are normal developmentally, or whether your child may benefit from professional support to assist them to adjust to various changes.

The teenage years can be difficult to navigate, both for the teen and for the family. It is normal for teens to sometimes have low mood, low motivation and sleep difficulties. However, if these symptoms persist, it may indicate a more serious issue.The teenage years are considered to commence from the age of 13 through to 19.  However, sometimes puberty can commence earlier for some.  It is the stage from childhood to adulthood.  During this transitional period, many changes occur relating to independence, identity, sexuality, school issues, substance use and peer relationships.  It is natural for external appearance to become very important. Sometimes it can be hard to open up and talk about issues as a teen, including to family members. Friends and outside family members can sometimes help. If it seems the teen is really struggling, then it is important to visit your GP or speak to the school psychologist to identify what further support the teen may need.

The teenage years can be difficult to navigate, both for the teen and for the family.  It is normal for teens to sometimes have low mood, low motivation and sleep difficulties.  However, if these symptoms persist, it may indicate a more serious issue.

Sometimes it can be hard to open up and talk about issues as a teen, including to family members.  Friends and outside family members can sometimes help.  If it seems the teen is really struggling, then it is important to visit your GP or speak to the school psychologist to identify what further support the teen may need.

Risk factors include low self-esteem, family disharmony, peer issues, life events such as changing schools or experiencing a loss, and discrimination.

How we help

Vivid Psychology can help with the following issues:

Infancy and Toddlerhood Stage (0 to 2 years)
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Feeding concerns
  • The emotional well-being of both parents and baby
Early Childhood Stage (2 to 6 years)
  • Toileting difficulties
  • Sleeping issues
  • Separation anxiety
  • Emotional regulation
  • Peer relations
  • Adjustment to kindergarten
  • Sibling conflict and adjustment to new brothers and sisters
  • Adjustment to separation and divorce
Middle Childhood Stage (6 to 11 years)
  • Emotional regulation
  • Anxiety, including separation anxiety and specific fears
  • Socialisation and peer relations
  • Sleeping issues
  • Adjustment to separation and divorce
  • Adjustment to blended families
  • Gender-related identity
  • Grief and loss
Adolescence
  • Self-harm and suicidal thoughts
  • Anxiety, including specific fears and obsessions or compulsions
  • Low self-esteem
  • Sexuality
  • School issues, including school refusal
  • Stress, including exam stress
  • Eating disorders
  • Peer relationship issues
  • Parent-child relationship issues
  • Relationship conflict
  • Trauma issues, including sexual abuse
  • Grief and loss