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Intervention & Skills Building

ACPC Psychologists provide individually tailored evidence based intervention therapy specific to the individual's needs for skills development.

Following clinical assessment, intervention may be recommended and provided by one of our team members either individually (i.e. with the child or adolescent), with the involvement of the parent/ caregiver as appropriate.

What does individual therapy with a child entail?

Individual therapy sessions with a child entails meeting initially with the parents to discuss the nature of concerns, followed by working one-on-one with the child to commence therapy and target such concerns, usually with the parents' involvement. We ensure that parents are involved in individual therapy sessions and inform parents at the end of each session about the skills being taught and tools that can implemented in the home environment in order to assist their children.

What does individual therapy with an adolescent entail?

Individual therapy sessions with an adolescent also entails meeting initially with the parents alone or with the adolescent to discuss the nature of concerns. This is often followed by conducting further sessions with the adolescent only if deemed suitable. This is because they have the ability to independently learn the skills discussed in session and apply discussed tools to manage their concerns. It is also because they are more likely to engage in private and confidential therapy.

The following sections include some of the common presentations that our clinic assists with:

  • Behavioural Development

    The following lists some of the most common presentations:

    • Defiant behaviours 
    • Attention deficit issues 
    • Poor listening and/or compliance 
    • Explosive outbursts 
    • Problems in self control 
    • Oppositional behaviours 
    • Traits of Hyperactivity/ Impulsivity 
    • Challenging behaviours 
    • Lashing 'out'
    • Self harm behaviours
    • Aggressive behaviours 
  • Social Development

    The following lists the most common social concerns:

    • Problems in social communication 
    • Difficulties in social reciprocity 
    • Problems in conversational skills 
    • Friendship issues 
    • Dealing with Teasing/ Bullying 
    • Lack of Assertiveness 
    • Anxiety around social situations 
    • Difficulties in peer relations 
    • Problems in social understanding 
    • Lack of confidence in social situations 
  • Emotional Development

    The following lists some of the most common emotional presentations:

    • Anxiety symptoms
    • Avoidance patterns 
    • Anger issues
    • Negative thinking 
    • Lack of self confidence 
    • Low mood 
    • Poor resilience 
    • Loss of pleasure in things 
    • Poor motivation 
    • Unhealthy eating patterns
    • Problems in emotional expression 
    • Problems in self regulation
    • Grief & Loss 
    • Suicidal thoughts
    • Fears & Worries 
    • Poor coping skills 
    • Obsessive-Compulsive traits
    • Adjustment issues (e.g. coping with changes in family dynamics)
  • Learning Development

    The following presents some of the most common presentations:

    • Perfectionism 
    • Avoidance of learning tasks 
    • School refusal 
    • Lack of stimulation in learning 
    • Procrastination 
    • Boredom in the learning environment 
    • Lack of coping with learning demands

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