What is Psychology?
Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behaviour in a given context. When working with children and adolescents, the fundamental role of a Psychologist is to understand the role of mental functions in the child, and his/her social behaviour. The psychologist will also explore the various processes that underlie maladaptive behaviours.
In our Centre, our Psychologists work with children from as young as 12 months old to 18 years old. We recognize the challenges faced by children and families on a daily basis. Our psychologists take a whole-child approach involving multidisciplinary input to understand your child with the aim to develop individualized strategies and therapies directed at addressing your child’s individual needs. We firmly believe that every child has the potential to lead a fulfilling and rewarding life, and are dedicated towards enabling families
Our team of Psychologists are experienced in providing evidence-based therapeutic interventions and, administering comprehensive diagnostic and psycho-educational evaluations with the aim of developing practical recommendations in relation to your child’s academic, social, behavioural and emotional functioning. Generally, our services are summarized into the following:
- Individual therapy for children and adolescents
- Group-based therapy for children and adolescents
- Parenting skills training
- Family therapy
- Psychological Assessments (Diagnostic, Developmental, School Placement and Psycho-Educational)
The following are treatment areas that can be supported by our team of Psychologists:
Some of the treatment areas that can be supported by our team of therapists’ include but are not limited to:
- Adjustment/Transition Issues
- Anxiety Disorders (such as panic attacks, phobias, excessive worry and separation anxiety)
- Anger Management
- Autism Spectrum Disorders (including conditions previous known as Asperger’s Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorders)
- Academic Difficulties
- Behavioural Issues
- Chronic Fatigue
- Developing Social Communication
- Expat Relocation Counselling
- Family Therapy (including Divorce Counselling for Families)
- Functional gastrointestinal disorders (such as Irritable Bowels Syndrome and Functional Dyspepsia)
- Global Developmental Delays
- Gender Identity Issues
- Grief and Trauma
- Parenting Concerns and Parenting Training
- Play Therapy for Children
- Self-Esteem issues and Assertiveness Training
- Selective Mutism
- Sleep Problems
- Toileting Issues
- Social Skills Training
- Stress Management
What to expect when you meet with one of our psychologists?
A member of our psychological team will first meet with you to better understand the nature of the presenting problem. This is called a clinical interview when information related to your child’s development and the development of the presenting issue is attained. During the initial consultation, the psychologist will determine whether additional investigation is required through the form an assessment or if treatment can commence. The psychologist will share his/her recommendations with you and assist you with deciding on the best course of action which suits your child’s and family’s need.
What happens during Psychological Assessment?
After the initial interview, sometimes, it may be necessary for the psychologist to conduct an assessment. We utilize standardized assessment tools and methodology which are internationally recognized to understand the social, emotional, academic and behavioural individual needs of your child.
Simply put, these assessments serve varied purposes for your child. They can be used to:
- Provide an overview of one’s cognitive and academic profile
- Identify learning disabilities
- Development of Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
- Identify academic giftedness
- Determine psychiatric and educational diagnosis influencing academics, social skills, behaviours and personal growth
- Identify areas and make referrals to appropriate specialists for further treatment such as Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Dietician and Early Intervention Programs
- Assisting with appeals for special examination and classroom accommodations
- School readiness and placement assessments
Click on the links to find out more about the therapies and assessments offered at our Centre.
PSYCHOLOGICAL INTERVENTION PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT