An adolescent psychologist needs not only the right personality, but also the training and skills to communicate well with this group to be able to engage adolescent clients in a treatment program. Around 15% of adolescents develop significant symptoms of anxiety and depression, so it is important that this group are able to see a psychologist to whom they can relate.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and other evidence-based approaches are used to treat a range of age and stage and/or mental health problems in adolescents/teenagers. An adolescent psychologist might incorporate elements from more than one approach, depending on the client’s presentation. Individual treatment programs are designed based on the following principles:
- Providing the teenager with an understanding of their particular difficulties through psycho-education
- Providing the teenager with therapy and coping strategies in the form of a treatment program
- Assisting the teenager to address unhelpful thoughts and behaviours that are contributing to his or her particular difficulties
- Parental involvement at the teenager’s discretion
Difficulties that are most commonly treated in adolescents or teenagers include:
- Anxiety, worries and fears, including PTSD
- Eating disorders
- Oppositional behaviour
- Social anxiety or social withdrawal
- Blended family issues
- Perfectionism and high anxiety
- School refusal
- Obsessive behaviour
- Substance abuse
- Internet addiction, and other addictions
- Low self esteem, difficulties with body image
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Psychologists who see Adolescents
We see adolescents as private clients, through Medicare and through the NDIS. We see self managed NDIS clients only. See the NDIS page for more information about which of our practitioners can offer NDIS services, and what kinds of services they can provide.
The following psychologists provide adolescent psychology, and many of them have previously worked in Headspace or Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).