Child & adolescent care

Young people can face complicated and varied challenges in their everyday life.

Their development through family, school, relationships and the transition to adulthood can be difficult. There are expectations of achievement, the ‘new connectivity’ of social media and the internet, global tensions and more that our youth of today are faced with.

Our specialist psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and nurses are experts in child & adolescent care. Along with our understanding of schools, healthcare services and other institutions, we are committed to collaborative welfare for young people.

Our wide knowledge of the mental health difficulties in the growing experience of young people means we can help in many ways. We can assist with issues with identity, feelings, relationships, and more – supporting young people to live their best lives.

What can our specialists help with?

  • Anxiety and distress 
  • Depression and mood problems
  • School and socialisation challenges, educational assessments
  • Sleep 
  • Attention, impulse control and behavioural problems
  • Experiences of illness, trauma, abuse or loss
  • Substance use
  • Compulsive behaviour problems
  • The autism spectrum
  • Neuro-developmental disorders
  • Movement and verbal tics or Tourette’s symptoms.

What causes mind health problems for children and adolescents?

There are many different causes such as biological factors, psychological factors and social factors – and there are also many approaches for help and recovery.

Any combination of these issues below may contribute to a young person experiencing mental or mind health challenges.

  • Biological factors – evidence from neuro-scientific research of genetic vulnerabilities, resilience and temperament of the young person, their experience of injury and illness, the gut biome, substance use, environmental issues.
  • Psychological factors – family attachment and upbringing, life stresses, trauma, losses.
  • Social factors – relationship upheavals, personal devaluation and bullying, marital, family and career transitions, impoverishment or cultural restrictions.

How we can help

A consultation with one of our specialist psychiatrists is a great place to start. During the first session we will help to clarify any issues and offer some advice on how to move forward. Family or carers are welcome to attend if this is more comfortable for the young person.

We can offer a range of care plans, psychological therapies and treatment recommendations, decided in collaboration. Medication options can also be discussed.

A young person’s physical health and behaviour are important components in the exploration of their mind health, and we may involve their GP and other specialists or school.

After an initial consultation with a specialist, progress can be continued through a variety of psychological therapies:

  • Group courses for young people
  • 1:1 personal therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Programs for exercise
  • Art and music therapy options

External resources The New Zealand Mental Health Foundation website has up-to-date information about many related mental health problems. Read more about them here.

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