Raising a child or teenager can be challenging at the best of times, but when your child is struggling or needs some extra support, it can be difficult to know where to turn. To give you and your family the best support we get to know you and understand your story. We listen, we build relationships and we use tried and tested strategies and interventions to help people live a brighter life.

How we can help you:

Beam offers a range of psychology and mental health services and support including, assessment, counselling, family therapy, guidance and advice for children, adolescents and family groups. Our services are tailored towards the children and youth up to the age of 25, and their families.

We can help in the following areas:
Anxiety & Stress
  • Anxiety & Stress
  • Depression
  • Bullying and Peer pressure
  • Learning difficulties
  • Trauma
  • Aggression
  • Social relationships
  • Family conflict
  • Challenging behaviour
  • Drug and alcohol issues
  • Autism
  • Anxiety & Stress

    It is common for children and young people to experience some anxiety and it is hard to know exactly how much anxiety is too much. If anxiety is interfering with day to day life, at home, in school, study or social areas, it is very important for your child to receive professional help. We can help by offering proven strategies such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

    Enquire Today
  • treatment
  • Depression

    While life has it highs and lows, some children and young people will experience prolonged episodes of sadness. As a parent or caregiver you might notice that your child is withdrawing from others for no apparent reason, has lost interest in things they enjoy or is constantly struggling with concentration and memory. Research says the best course of action for depression is early treatment.

    We can provide psycho-education and therapy for your child to support them in moving out of the tunnel of depression towards a brighter life. We can offer Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) based techniques for depression.

    Enquire Today
  • treatment
  • Bullying and Peer pressure

    You might feel as a parent that you are fighting a losing battle when it comes to the influence of your child’s peers. It is often typical as children enter adolescence they begin to feel pressure around acceptance with their peers. You may have much more influence than you realise. Often the connection between you and your child in times of confusion and uncertainty can have a significant influence on their decisions.

    We can help you support your child to develop the skills they need to manage conflict and enhancing resilience. We provide counselling and therapeutic support for children and teenagers. We can also offer family-based intervention including parenting skills and resilience building strategies.

    Enquire Today
  • treatment
  • Learning difficulties

    If you are concerned your child is struggling in the classroom a learning assessment can be of great value. A common fear of parents is that a learning difficulty means their child cannot achieve academically. If your child does have a learning difficulty, this does not mean they have low intelligence. A learning difficulty impacts the way your child takes in, remembers and processes information.

    We can assess for a potential learning difficulty using our high quality assessment tools. Following consultation, we will work with you closely to develop the right strategies to allow your child to achieve to the best of their ability.

    Enquire Today
  • treatment
  • Trauma

    Traumatic memories can remain unprocessed long after the experience. They are stored differently to everyday memories and can be triggered by even the simplest reminders, such as smells, sights or sounds. It can appear as though your child is “hyperactive” or even has stunted learning and concentration. If you are concerned your child may be struggling from the impact of trauma we can help. We will work with you to offer a safe environment so your child can make sense of their experience and develop effective skills to manage unhealthy emotions.

    We offer therapy-based approaches to address trauma, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).

    Enquire Today
  • treatment
  • Aggression

    Many parents struggle with children or teenagers whose behaviour is challenging, sometimes to the point of anger and violence. You might feel like you have failed your child or that you should keep the aggression behind closed doors. You may also be concerned about your child displaying signs of aggression in social settings. It is ok to seek help if you feel that anger issues are too much to handle by yourself.

    We can provide support to you and your child to understand what may be contributing to the anger, while maintaining a focus on restoring your relationship with each other.

    Enquire Today
  • treatment
  • Social relationships

    Social relationships matter as your child will grow a strong sense of identity from the peer groups they form. As a parent it is only natural that you want your child to grow healthy and safe social relationships. If your child has difficulty building healthy peer relationships or they lack confidence with social skills we can provide support.

    Please see us if you and your child would like to focus on building interpersonal skills and resilience.

    Beam Child and Adolescent Psychologists Newcastle: Get In Touch
  • treatment
  • Family conflict

    No family is perfect and every individual has an impact on the family system as a whole. If you are questioning your parenting approach or concerned about the impact of your child’s behaviour on your family we can offer family therapy-based support. This approach involves spending time with you and your child in an open and non-judgemental way, focussing on strengths and understanding needs. If family conflict is left undealt with it can significantly rupture future family relationships. Research suggests that negative family interactions can even lead to depression and suicidality throughout adolescence and into adulthood. Our approach to family conflict focuses on the parent-child relationship as we believe this is key to a healthy and happy family.

    We do offer an evidence-based model to work with families, known as attachment based family therapy. It is a non-threatening and non-judgemental approach to exploring how families can better function and support each other.

    Enquire Today
  • treatment
  • Challenging behaviour

    Challenging behaviours can present as self-injury, property damage or even socially inappropriate behaviours. It is confronting to be faced with challenging behaviours in children and young people. You might even notice your response is highly emotive or increasingly stressed and it can impact your own wellbeing when faced with challenging behaviours.

    We can provide counselling and clinical support to address immediate risks and help you plan an effective response to challenging behaviour. We are experienced in developing behaviour support plans and consulting with professionals and families to implement appropriate strategies and supports. 

    Enquire Today
  • treatment
  • Drug and alcohol issues

    Drug and alcohol use during teenage years puts at risk the healthy development of your child’s brain. It can have long-term consequences for their physical, emotional and mental health. It is a serious issue that can be addressed with counselling and family support.

    We adopt a non-confrontational, tried and tested strategy in changing behaviour known as motivational interviewing that can help your child with their alcohol or drug use problem.

    Enquire Today
  • treatment
  • Autism

    It is estimated that 1 in 100 people have autism, or to put in context, around 230,000 Australians. If you have noticed your child has difficulty with social communication, understanding or expressing emotions and has unusually restricted interests, it may be worthwhile to talk to us about whether your child should be assessed for autism. Children and young people with autism can be easily misunderstood and often require further assistance from health professionals including psychologists, speech pathologists and paediatricians.

    We offer assessments and interventions for autism, including behaviour support plans, therapy and family support. We can also provide “know how” information for parents and care-givers on how to respond to challenging behaviours related to autism.

    Your child may be eligible for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) financial assistance. For more information see our NDIS page.

    NDIS
  • treatment

Get in
touch

To book an appointment or find out more, please fill in the form or call 02 4954 9333.