Psychology and Children
The Child Guidance Clinic
Mental health help is offered free at this public clinic for children, but the wait might be long.
Child Guidance Clinic Tel 536-3118
Brandford Taitt Polyclinic, Black Rock, St. Michael
Psychologists help to ensure the health and well-being of individuals, families, groups, and society as a whole.
They are trained professionals who conduct research, perform testing, and evaluate and treat a full range of emotional and psychological challenges dealing with human behaviour.
Children sometimes need psychological help, just like adults do. Treatment typically begins when parents, teachers or school counselors notice that children are not functioning as well as they could.
Psychologists can help children cope with problems such as anxiety and depression, hyperactivity, conflicts with parents and stressful events like divorce or a parent’s death.
A child who bullies other children may need a pshchologist as well as the child who is being bullied.
Children who are living through divorce issues with parents may need to see a psychologist to get help understanding the divorce. Some times children are put into co parenting situations and it can be difficult to handle. A psychologist can help them to learn to handle the situation.
Among the services offered by psychologist are:
Individual and group therapy with adults, adolescents, and children to address common problems such as depression, anxiety and substance abuse.
Work in schools and with individual students to help enhance learning.
Neuropsychological services to aid in the evaluation and treatment of learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, cognitive (thinking) problems, as well as stroke and head injuries.
Work with other professionals to improve communication skills, and increase productivity and job satisfaction.
Work with performers, including athletes, actors and musicians to help develop concentration, reduce anxiety and enhance performance.