Our Services

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COVID-19 Support

We hope you are feeling okay given the constantly evolving COVID-19 situation. It is a difficult time and there is a lot of uncertainty at the moment which can be unsettling. We understand that many families are choosing to stay at home to assist with decreasing the spread of the virus. Whilst most of our clinicians are still conducting their usual face-to-face sessions and ensuring social distancing measures are in place, we are now also offering Telehealth (videoconference sessions) so that we can continue to provide support to clients and their families despite being physically distant.  Telehealth sessions can be conducted over a platform such as Zoom or Coviu to enable you to still receive support during these unprecedented times. Please contact our clinic on 3843 5739 or 0400 713 722 or email Louise at info@brighterfuturespsychology.com.au to speak about how we can continue to assist you should face-to-face sessions no longer suit you.


Please find below links to resources that you may find helpful to review in providing support to your children:

https://schooltv.me/wellbeing_ne…/special-report-coronavirus

https://www.psychology.org.au/…/38…/20APS-IS-COVID-19-P1.pdf

https://www.npr.org/…/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-n…

https://www.cdc.gov/…/schools-ch…/talking-with-children.html



Assessment

At Brighter Future Psychology, we offer an assessment and treatment service for pre and primary school aged children and adolescents.  We are skilled in the assessment and treatment of common psychological conditions such as:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders/Conditions
  • Behavioural Problems  
  • Emotion regulation difficulties including Anger Management Problems


Individual Treatment

 At Brighter Futures Psychology we offer ongoing therapy to children, adolescents and families to assist with: 

  • Enhancing self-esteem
  • Improving social skills and dealing with bullying
  • Assertiveness training
  • Increasing emotional awareness
  • Assisting with emotion management difficulties in the areas of anger, anxiety and depression
  • Empowering parents to implement more positive and successful parental management strategies
  • Supporting parents in their role to be the best parents they can be
  • Providing assistance to assist with organisational skills difficulties

Group Treatment Programs

At Brighter Futures Psychology we occasionally offer a group treatment program for young children.  Our group program, My Friendliest Me! focuses on enhancing the social skills of 4-7 year old children.  The 10 week program is aimed at assisting children to better understand the social world, enhance their abilities to make and maintain friendships and learn ways to be a better friend.  Children have fun, learn new skills, and have a chance to practice them in a safe and supportive environment.  

Contact us today if you are interested in obtaining further information or having your child take part in an upcoming group.  We currently have an expression of interest list for families wanting to take part in an upcoming group but are yet to announce our next group dates.  

School Visits

We can also offer school visits for families wishing for a more broader assessment of their child’s concerns, particularly if they are occurring largely in the school environment.  School visits will typically entail a 30 minute observation and 30 minute discussion with the child’s teacher and/or support staff.  

Learning Assessments

Some of our clinicians are available to conduct psychometric assessments to children and young people accessing the Brighter Futures Psychology clinic.  The psychologist can perform tests to determine cognitive ability (IQ) as well as learning assessments to identify potential learning disorders.  Our clinicians have access to a variety of psychometric assessments that will enable him/her to tailor the assessment to each individual's needs.  The clinician will also provide useful reports to families and professionals to help them with better understanding the child’s learning profile and assist the child to perform to the best of his/her ability.  Our psychologists can assess young people aged 3 to 16 years.  For more information about having your child assessed please contact the clinic on 3843 5739.

What to Expect

Initial appointments will encompass a thorough assessment to allow for accurate diagnosis and to determine the areas of need.  The psychologist will then suggest a treatment plan that will aim to address the areas of difficulty by emphasising the child’s strengths and utilising these to assist them in their areas of difficulty.  A report summarising the assessment procedures, results and recommendations can be prepared for those families wanting this.  (Please Note: reports attract an additional fee).  Depending on need, the psychologist can discuss with the family recommendations for ongoing therapy.  The gold standard for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is weekly or fortnightly therapy sessions.   At Brighter Futures Psychology we utilise a range of methods to assist children and adolescents with better managing their concerns.  We believe that therapy should be fun and regularly incorporate games, art and drawing, books, computers, toys and acting into our therapy.  


For first time appointments, the psychologist will initially spend some time with the child and parent/s together and then have time with the child and parent/s separately to ensure parents have the chance to speak comfortably about their concerns without their child present.  Depending on the reasons for attending Brighter Futures Psychology the psychologist may suggest further assessment with the parents or child/adolescent and organise another appointment to gather more information.  Once the assessment is complete, recommendations and suggestions to assist with the areas of need and a plan for the family will be provided.