<![CDATA[KID PSYCHOLOGY - Blog]]>Thu, 11 Feb 2021 21:08:49 +1100Weebly<![CDATA[Lots happening]]>Sat, 16 May 2020 04:30:45 GMThttp://kidpsychology.com.au/blog/lots-happeningThere's been a fair bit of activity in and around Kid Psychology lately. 

The impact of Covid-19 hit without warning and turned everything we knew upside down. Thankfully the Federal Government recognised that psychologists needed to keep providing mental health support in one of the most challenging situations in a century and enabled universal Telehealth to attract a medicare rebate! Winning! Although things seem to be calming down, Kid Psychology has the capability to offer Telehealth appointments until September 30. For now, a return to Face-to-Face is happening from next week and sessions are available for assessment and support.

Call me on 0468 586 422 to have a chat or book an appointment now

I've also been busy putting my thoughts down on (cyber)paper in relation to the wellbeing of all of our Year 12 students who are juggling the stress of the HSC and the stress of doing the HSC in the midst of a global pandemic. You can find these musings on​ the Dymocks Tutoring Insta page. I've written a few blogs for them lately and also create well-being modules to support all students tackling the teenage years while studying. Check them out. 

I've also partnered with Bradbury Preschool to deliver short, weekly messages over the next 5 weeks to parents who may have been anxious about what their kids were missing by not going to preschool (or school). Turns out, being at home in a global pandemic is more educational than you think! 

Week One's lesson on resilience is here:
If you would like to use these lessons for your own early childhood setting, or want me to write about mental health and well-being, please email kp.psych@exemail.com.au
​or call on 0468 586 422. 
I'll be back in the next week or so with some other news and linkage to what Kid Psychology is up to in the clinic and in the community.​

Look after each other. Wash your hands. Physically distance. Bump elbows. Stay safe.
<![CDATA[More great news!]]>Fri, 20 Dec 2019 00:06:26 GMThttp://kidpsychology.com.au/blog/more-great-newsJust a quick update to let you know that Kid Psychology will be working in partnership with Bradbury Preschool to provide much needed psychological support to the families in the Macarthur region.

I am very excited by this unique partnership. It just makes sense to provide a psychological service for children within a place where children grow and thrive. It is easily accessible and makes children feel safe and secure in an environment that is full of fun stuff to do!

All of Kid Psychology's services will be available at Bradbury Preschool and watch this space for new things to be added for children, their families and even their teachers as 2020 starts.

I'll be sure to keep this blog regularly updated as both Kid Psychology and Bradbury Preschool embark on this new and exciting way to support the health and wellbeing of children.

I would like to thank Trudy Beale, the Director of Bradbury Preschool and the entire Bradbury Preschool committee for enabling families in the Macarthur region the opportunity to access a truly child-centred psychological service. 
<![CDATA[kid psychology has arrived!]]>Wed, 13 Nov 2019 02:30:55 GMThttp://kidpsychology.com.au/blog/kid-psychology-has-arrivedIt is with great pleasure that I announce the next exciting development within
KP Psych services.

Kid Psychology is a child-centred clinic based in SW Sydney that offers an array of assessment and therapy for children and young people who have neurodiverse, cognitive, learning, social and emotional needs. 

Kid Psychology works closely with families, medical and allied health providers, early childhood centres and schools across the Macarthur region to provide support for children to enhance overall mental health and wellbeing. 

Kid Psychology offers assessment in:
Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale - Second Edition (ADOS2) 
Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R)

IQ assessments - using the WPPSI-IV and WISC-V
Adaptive Behaviour Assessments - using the Vineland 3 and ABAS 3
Behaviour scales - BASC3 
Screeners for language, learning and sensory issues

The needs of your child will be taken into account when determining which assessment is most suitable to identify and support their needs.
The results of these assessments may be able to be used as one part of the planning process for NDIS initial funding or review of existing funding. 
The results could also help your child access other supports for when they start kindergarten, or access early intervention supports that are available in the local community. 

Fees for the assessments start at $1000 (GST exempt) and more detailed information about the structure of the assessment process will be explained to you at the initial appointment.

You do not need a referral from a GP or paediatrician to access Kid Psychology services, however to claim any eligible Medicare rebates, you do require a referral from either of these sources. 

Initial and subsequent therapy appointments start at $170 (GST exempt) for a 50-60 minute session. This cost is significantly lower than the current recommended fee of $251 from the Australian Psychological Society. Extended sessions are available for additional cost.

For further information or to book an appointment, please visit the Contact page

<![CDATA[Avoiding Burnout]]>Wed, 18 Sep 2019 04:00:00 GMThttp://kidpsychology.com.au/blog/avoiding-burnout​Self-care is seen as an indulgence - visit a spa, eat chocolate, treat yourself! While these things can make you feel good, they don;t necessarily make you feel better. There is a very distinct difference between those two words - good and better Maintaining a level of self-care is a necessity, particlarly if you work in a helping profession. Self-care practises are protective against the deleterious effects of vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout.
To really take care of yourself you need to do a
regular check of what's important and what isn't. This prioritising is a tricky skill to learn, particularly if you've been programmed into putting everything else before your good self.
But how do you prioritise?
As with anything you have never done before, it's all about leanring it as a new skill. And, yes it takes practise (blah blah blah). But I need to emphasise that poor self-care practises, or self care that gives you an instant feeling of feeling good isn;t enough to protect you against burnout. 
Instead, looking at self-care as an observer, one who can look at things form the outside in, you might start to understand where your needs and wants lie, and already have a good idea about what the next step is. To give you some food for thought, here are some helpful tips you can use to get started in taking control of your well-being:

Start to notice everythign aorund you, your thoughts, your feelings and your actions. Notice how you respond when you open your emails, or the phone rings. Notice what you think about on your way to and from work. Notice what you are feeling on a Sunday night or when you wake up on a work day. You won;t have to be noticing this for very long to see a pattern forming. If your thoughts, feelings and actions are negative, these are a definite warnign sign that soemthing needs to change. Once you've identified where you're head is at the next step is.....

If you want to delve further into your self-care habits a fantatsic resource can be found on the ReachOut Website https://schools.au.reachout.com/articles/self-care-for-professionals
You do not need to be a mental health professional to access these resources, and to make it even more attractive, they are free to use. 

By assessing which aspects of your life need a self-care overhaul, this resource will get you to think about every facet of your life form work, home, relationships, emotional and spiritual well-being. Although we see our lives centred around a dichotomy of work/home, we are more complex creatures than those 2 simplistic categories. Once you have identified which aspects of your life need to change, you move on to.....

Start saying "No" to things you don't want to do, or don't have the energy for. Start saying "Yes" to what you have let go of because the busy-ness of life took over. Start exercising because you want to, or read that book you've heard so much about, or read the one you've read so many times the pages are falling out. No matter what floats your boat, the point is to float the damn boat. 

By engaging with your Self in a way that fosters a sense of achievement, enjoyment and satisfaction you will notice a building up of resilience against those parts of your life that suck. Whatever those sucky parts are. The greater investment you put into your own well-being, the harder it will be for the edges of yourself to become crispy from the attempts at burning you out.
<![CDATA[Supervision? What's it done for me lately?]]>Fri, 13 Sep 2019 07:00:00 GMThttp://kidpsychology.com.au/blog/supervision-whats-it-done-for-me-latelyWhy is Supervision important?
If you’ve never had access to good supervision, you might well be wondering what the fuss is all about. Apart from it being embedded in a psychologists registration standards, as stipulated by the PsyBA. Accessing supervision is a key part in making sure we remain fit for practice for the next 12 months.

Supervision, for quite a chunk of us, is offered as part of the everyday experience of working with a team of psychologists. Chats with colleagues about cases, calling on your manager for a ‘quick question’ or debriefing during lunch time are all seen to be ‘supervision’. But how many times have these one-off conversations, or line management queries, or whinge-sessions left you with a clinical goal, or a pathway to follow, or feeling hopeful and supported?

Hm, yeah….thought so.

Supervision for psychologists is vital for survival in the job. We are exposed to helplessness, hopelessness, grief, depression, fear, anger and trauma on a daily basis. Rarely do we get to work with the psychologically healthy. Yet we have all chosen to sit in a room with the worst examples of humanity, we listen openly and willingly to stories of hurt, harm and harrow. We encourage people to come to us so we can guide them to a path of healing and frequently spout the advantages of “talking therapies” and yet, we very rarely think of doing the same for ourselves.

Supervision with a trusted colleague or external professional facilitates your client’s path to health and well-being. By being a psychologist who engages with reflective practise and seeks collegiate support for difficult issues ensures you are working to the best of your ability to help your client heal. Supervision provides a safe and supportive environment to talk about how you as a clinician (and as a person with their own life experiences – good and bad) can support your clients. Supervision is a non-judgemental space where you can feel free to be vulnerable in order for true professional development to occur.

Being a psychologist is a life-long learning experience. Access to supervision of high quality, with a trusted other who can provide a safe space for open, honest and vulnerable discussion will truly set you on a path for continued professional and personal development.]]>