Anxiety is one of the most common disorders in childhood and the many who seek help from a psychologist will be diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
When children’s worries are completely out of proportion to the reality of what’s going on in their lives and they find it difficult to control these feelings, it becomes a problem worth seeking help for.
Excessive anxiety may cause a number of related anxiety symptoms in children such as fatigue, restlessness, edginess, irritability, muscle tension, disturbed sleep, separation anxiety and panic disorder.
There is a growing awareness of the scale and problem of depression in our community and it affects children too. Symptoms of childhood depression differ for each individual but some of the common signs of depression in children and teenagers include:
Parents are in the strongest position to influence their children’s sense of feeling good about themselves but the school environment and playground also have an impact.
If you have concerns about your child’s self esteem it may be worth seeking professional help. We are able to assist parents in putting strategies in place, both at home and at school, to help build and protect a child’s self esteem if there are concerns.
You may be aware of returning soldiers suffering from PTSD but it can occur after any major shock or trauma in young people too.
Some typical symptoms include:
Many children can learn to deal with their grief within the family but, as with adults, they may sometimes require professional psychological counselling to help them process their emotions and function better in their everyday lives.
Children often feel confused, anxious, hurt, disappointed, frustrated and angry about the world around them and their age, temperament and emotional maturity will dictate how they handle these emotions.
Children’s anger becomes a problem when it is too intense, too frequent or too disruptive.
We teach them how to control their emotions and ultimately this gives them a greater sense of self-control and self esteem.
All children can be defiant from time to time, especially if they’re tired, stressed, upset or hungry.
However when uncooperative and hostile behaviour becomes recurrent and persistent and affects their ability to keep friends and perform at school it may be diagnosed as Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
ODD may be diagnosed if your child has four or more of the following persistent behaviours:
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Jutta is a Registered Psychologist and Registered Teacher with over 40 years experience. As a teacher and guidance counsellor and child therapist, Jutta established Directions, the first child directed practise in Townsville, over 30 years ago because she became acutely aware of the lack of services available in for children with learning and behavioural difficulties.
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Chelsea Corbett is a is a Registered Psychologist, with over 9 years of experience working with challenging young people. From a cattle family, she brings a unique understanding and genuine authenticity to her therapy with children and adolescents, together with a determination to improve their wellbeing within the home, school and community.
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Graduate Diploma of Psychology
Anna Quenault is a Registered Psychologist with over 5 years experience with Directions having previous experience in various counselling and mentoring roles. Anna is passionate about psychoeducational education for children and adolescents, and parental management.
is a Psychology Graduate from rural Queensland who has worked in Education and Disability Support roles both in Australia and overseas. He is excited to complete his provisional internship from the experienced staff at Directions. He has a passion for understanding early childhood development and interventions for Oppositional Defiance Disorder and anger management.
is a Psychology (Honours) Graduate from James Cook University who has experience working with children, adolescents and adults. She is a thoughtful and empathetic psychologist determined to completed her provisional internship at Directions. Kelly has a passion for helping children and their families achieve their best by providing evidence based strategies to navigate a wide range of neurodevelopmental and mood disorders including Autism, Anxiety, Depression, Specific Learning Disorder & ADHD.
Leena Coutts has extensive experience in Reception and Administration and considers her role to make the children, adolescents and families to feel welcome and their wellbeing a priority whilst accessing our Psychological Practice. She is an experienced mother and grandmother in her private life and this enables her to provide a practical and considered approach to organising the daily functioning at Directions.