“The children who need love the most will always ask for it in the most unloving ways.”
– Russel Barkley
Some children are harder to parent than others! Often, these children can be intense and explosive. It can be easy to find professionals who are trained to assess your child for various disorders, but it can be harder to find practical strategies that help you at home. Kate is based at West Perth Medical Centre and works with children that are spirited, sensitive and often quirky! She is also a specialist in the social and emotional needs of gifted and creative children and draws from various therapies, starting where it matters – getting to know the individual and unique needs of your child.
Kate believes that therapy for children should usually involve the child’s parent(s) or guardian(s). It is hard for treatment to be effective when it just involves the therapist spending one hour a week with your child! It is for this reason that with younger children Kate tends to split sessions between a child and their caregiver(s) so that you can work as a team; the aim is not only to help your child but to empower you as a parent so you feel better equipped to support your child at home. This means that sometimes Kate will work with your child alone, and at other times you may have a ‘family session’, or even a ‘parent session’. Of course, the needs of each child and family are different and the best approach will be discussed at your intake appointment.
Most children spend much of their time at school. Kate’s research and practice meet at the intersection between education and mental health. She has a particular interest in how the school environment impacts a child’s social and emotional well being. She presents and writes in this area, and works with schools to provide professional development relating to the social and emotional needs of children while they are at school. Kate is happy to work with parents and/or schools to consider the best educational and psychosocial fit for children. Various assessments, particularly in the area of intellectual giftedness, are also available should these be beneficial for your child.
Every child is different, and developing a toolkit to help your child understand their emotions is a great way to improve self-regulation. Emotional literacy is key to a child developing a coherent sense of self, learning resilience, and having a healthy sense of self-esteem. If you would like to work with Kate to help your child in these areas please feel free to contact us using the form below.