SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES
At Lifespan Psychology Centre, we provide a range of specialised services for individuals and families at every stage of life, from Infancy, Childhood and Adolescence, through to Young Adulthood, Parenting, and Older Adulthood.
With each transition and stage of development, new challenges and struggles may present themselves to individuals as well as the family system. Below are some of the ways we can support you in navigating these challenges.
PERINATAL AND PARENT-INFANT, PARENT-TODDLER PSYCHOTHERAPY
The perinatal period, lasting from pregnancy to the first 12 months after giving birth can be a period of significant adjustment for the mother, child and other family members. There are major physical changes, emotional changes, and often lifestyle changes associated with this stage of life. Perinatal counselling helps parents-to-be and parents to adjust to this life stage and helps with related issues such as losses, grief, trauma, postnatal depression/anxiety and other perinatal disturbances.
For parent-infant or parent-toddler psychotherapy, parents and infants/young children attend together. This approach is used to explore difficulties with sleep, toilet training, tantrums, adaptation to fostering or adoption and other forms of early relationship difficulties caused by post- partum disturbances, chronic illness, disrupted attachment, separation and trauma. The focus is on strengthening the attachment relationship between the child and her caregivers in order to prevent future difficulties.
Lifespan Psychology Centre welcomes all families, including gender and sexuality diverse parents.
CHILD PSYCHOTHERAPY; CHILD-PARENT PSYCHOTHERAPY
For children aged 4 - 12 years, therapy aims to increase your child’s capacity to better manage emotions, relationships and behaviors. We also support parents to best meet the emotional needs of their children.
This can involve exploring your child's worries and difficulties in relationships at home and school via play - the way in which children speak to us about their concerns. Other approaches at Lifespan Psychology include Mentalization Based Therapy and Attachment Based Therapy.
Parallel work with parents is a fundamental component therapy with children. For more information, contact one of our clinicians.
Our growing team now offers Occupational Therapy, to support families and children with a range of questions or concerns during infancy and childhood (0-12 years). Senior Occupational Therapist, Lisa Haines, can assist your child and family with areas including:
· Sensory processing and integration
· Fine motor skills (including handwriting)
· Gross motor skills and coordination
· Mealtime battles
· Toileting and sleep difficulties
· Social communication skills
· Regulation, emotional and behavioural disturbances
Read more about Lisa's experience and services under the About Us page.
INDIVIDUAL THERAPY; FAMILY THERAPY.
Adolescence (13 - 25 years) is a period of complex transformations and development of identity. Young people may struggle to adjust to the changes and pressures they face. An adequate answer to these crises in adolescence requires working with those in relationship to the adolescent. Family involvement is fundamental to a good prognosis (Speranza, 2017).
INDIVIDUAL THERAPY; COUPLES THERAPY
Lifespan Psychology Centre offers psychotherapy to adults who are seeking a safe, therapeutic space to explore the parts of their life that may be challenging, distressing or simply needing some attention. Importantly, therapy is both for individuals who may be presenting with mental health struggles, as well as those who recognise a desire to work on parts of the self. This includes work/study stress, relationships, difficulties coping with loss or experiences with significant transitions.
We approach working with each client differently, dependent on the client's needs, therapy goals, and wishes.
INDIVIDUAL THERAPY; PARENT-INFANT/CHILD THERAPY; GROUP PARENTING THERAPY
Our work with parents focuses on helping parents to think about what is behind their children’s behaviours and how parents' own beliefs and experiences influence their understanding and management of their children (also see description under Infant/Perinatal services). We offer an inclusive service for gender and sexuality diverse parents, via individual and/or group therapy.
The Lighthouse MBT Parenting Programme is a group therapy program which aims to promote sensitive caregiving in parents. The programme is designed to enhance parents’ capacity for curiosity about their child’s inner world, to help parents ‘see’ (understand) their children clearly, to make sense of misunderstandings in their relationship with their child and to help parents inhibit insensitive responses in those moments of misunderstanding and to repair the relationship when strained.
Couples therapy at Lifespan Psychology Centre is for those couples who find themselves in frequent arguments, on separate pages or facing difficult situations. Our therapists are trained to recognise patterns in relationships and to work with couple relationships that might be filled with anxiety, with uncomfortable cycles of closeness and distance, with stormy arguments and the like, or where the couple are facing major decisions and tricky situations.
INDIVIDUAL; COUPLES THERAPY.
Families in later life go through a number of changes, as children grow and move away, work roles change, and relationships begin or end. Indeed, Older Adult roles vary greatly in our society, from retiring or continuing to work; "empty-nesters" or actively caring for grandchildren; managing or caring for a loved one with health difficulties, or dealing with loss; facing isolation, or a relationship that may be struggling.
We provide a supportive space for your experience of these - and other - life transitions that may be causing emotional distress. We will collaborate with you to to develop a treatment plan, using evidence-based approaches, to meet your therapy goals.