Family & child psychologists and youth support workers
We provide a range of child and family mental health and wellbeing services. Service include child and adolescent assessment and therapy; autism spectrum assessment and interventions; and psychoeducational assessments. As well as youth support workers to assist kids, teens and young adults with daily living skills and community participation.
What we can provide
We are a Sunbury-based team of specialist child and family psychologists who share a strong commitment to supporting families through evidence based quality services. We strive to develop open and supportive relationships with the families we see. We value your feedback and participation at every step of the way, from assessment to planning and treatment. Our office is set up to provide a supportive and welcoming space for families and children.
In family/child work we usually meet with your family first, to hear about your concerns and hopes. Assessment usually involves a mix of seeing parents/carers and children, both together and separately. A feedback session with parents/carers provides a space to further discuss concerns and work together to develop a tailored intervention for your child.
Therapy and Interventions
Similarly to the assessment phase, therapy may involve working via a mix of joint and separate parent and children sessions. Most approaches will require both parents and children to commit to some shared goals. Child-only sessions may involve talking, play-based work, drawing, and other child-friendly therapeutic activities.
Sometimes more than one person in a family might benefit from support (e.g., siblings or parents) and we can provide a wrap-around service for the family with multiple clinician's working together to support the family. If needed, and where possible, we will try to provide parallel appointments so, for example, a child and parent can be seen during the one appointment time to reduce the load on busy families.
Youth Minded support worker program
Our youth support team are closely connected with the psychologists of Family Minded. Our support workers have regular supervision with a youth worker or psychologist and are supported to assist clients to practice therapy targets prepared by Family Minded psychologists (for our current psychology clients) or allied health providers from other services.