At VCPS, we specialise in the assessment of mental health concerns in children. We work closely with multidisciplinary team members to help promote psychological adjustment of children and their families. At VCPS, our intake team is designed to personally tailor psychologist assistance, and are available to answer any queries you may have. The intake team will take the time to understand the needs of your child and family in order to help you decide which practitioner is best suited to your child.

We provide assistance to children who may be experiencing concerns including:

  • Behavioural problems: Refusal to attend school, poor self-control, behaviour which is dangerous to themselves or others, lying, stealing and aggressive behaviour
  • Emotional problems: Trauma reactions, stress, anxiety, depression, tantrums, suicidal thoughts, extreme anger outbursts
  • Relationship problems: Social withdrawal, family conflict, poor peer relationships (including bullying)
  • Developmental problems: Social skills, learning, attention, concentration and play difficulties
  • Health and wellbeing problems: Disturbed eating or sleeping patterns, poor self-care, self-injury, physical symptoms indicating emotional distress
  • Other psychological problems: Hallucinations (voices and visions that no-one else can experience), delusions (false beliefs), seeming to be out of touch with reality, habitual and obsessive behaviour

You may view our full suite of services for children here.

Our practitioners use a variety of techniques according to a child’s needs, including cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness, play therapy, family and parenting work, group work, work with parent/s and child together, and individual psychotherapy. Our work with a client can be short-term (six sessions) or long-term, depending upon the goals identified. If necessary, we work in collaboration with all of the systems relevant to the child (including their immediate environment, their family, school, or other health professionals involved).

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PO Box 142,

East Melbourne 8002