What is Psychology?
At Sum of Us Kids, our experienced and independent psychologists are child-centred and take a holistic approach to our children’s mental health.
Our psychologists draw from a range of techniques including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness-based approaches.
How can Sum Of Us help?
We are able to provide clinical assessments for a number of diagnosis including:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Intellectual Disability
- Behaviour Disorders (including ADHD and ODD)
- Anxiety Disorders
Our psychologists can support your child in a number of ways, including:
- Managing anxiety
- Managing temperament and behaviours
- School transitions
- Low self-esteem
- Family relationships and
- Managing depression
Children and teenagers may benefit from psychological therapy for a range of reasons, and this does not mean that there is definitely a problem! Kids can sometimes benefit from having someone to talk to outside the family.
The following markers may indicate your child needs to seek the help of a psychologist. For example, if your child is:
- Experiencing problems that are having negative effects on their family and peer relationships
- Expressing negative thoughts about themselves
- Being worried or anxious a lot of the time
- Expressing a feeling of hopelessness
- Exhibiting a noticeable change in their sleep or eating
- Irritable or angry, or if there is a sudden change in behaviour
- Engaging in self-harm
You know your child best and will have some idea of how best to approach the subject with them. However, here are some tips for chatting to your child about their psychology sessions:
- Don’t make it a big deal, it’s not! Loads of kids and adults attend psychology sessions, it’s totally normal!
- Tell your child they do not have to answer any questions that they feel uncomfortable about.
- Give your child suitable notice about the upcoming sessions. A few days to a week’s notice are usually suitable.
- Find some info and a photo online their new psychologist.