Clinical Psychologists are trained in the understanding of how people think, feel and behave. In the Paediatric Psychology Service the focus is to help children and families cope with the psychological aspects of health and illness. Such as helping children to overcome developmental challenges in emotion, thought processes, learning and behaviour.

Psychology helps children develop their ability to cope with stressors such as anxiety, anger, frustration, family separation, grief and more. Psychologists also work with children who have challenges in their learning and education environment together with their social skills and behaviour.

Paediatric Psychology also considers how other factors can contribute to learning and behaviour challenges, such as language issues requiring Speech Therapy or Sensory Processing requiring Occupational Therapy.

A Psychologist focuses on the mind and behaviour of children from prenatal development through adolescence, offering developmental and educational psychology services for children aged from birth to 18.

Support for these children’s parents and carers is also paramount and an important part of the service.


If your child has difficulty with any of the following they can benefit from Psychology:

Children and adolescents:

  • Children’s behavioural problems (e.g., tantrums, toileting, sleeping issues etc.)
  • Anxiety and fears in children and adolescents (e.g., phobias, excessive worry, separation issues etc)
  • Depression
  • Adjustment issues (e.g., coping difficulties to a family/major life event)
  • Reactions to trauma
  • Grief and loss
  • Issues relating to a child’s medical condition (e.g., family adjustment to a child’s chronic illness)
  • Interpersonal/relationship issues in children and adolescents (e.g., social skills)
  • Eating disorders
  • Low self esteem
  • Emotional regulation
  • Compliance

Parents & Family:

  • Parenting concerns
  • Family change and adjustment
  • Managing challenging behaviour and special needs
  • Family loss or trauma