Child & adolescent care

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

Their development through family, school, relationships and transition to adulthood is quite different to that of their parents. There are  expectations of achievement, the ‘new connectivity’ of social media and the internet, and global tensions distinguishing their experience from that of earlier generations.

We have a wide knowledge of the mental or ‘mind health’ difficulties in the growing experience of young people. The language and expectations around emotion and identity have changed, but the challenges and real solutions still remain complex.

Re-centre’s specialist psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and nurses are experts in the development and care of children, young people and their families. Our specialists learn, research and work intimately within this rapidly changing space. We understand the interface with schools, healthcare services and other institutions, and we’re committed to collaborative welfare for vulnerable young people.

The best opportunities for assistance may be offered only when they’re ready to consider the options. We can assist understanding issues with identity, feelings, relationships, and support young people to lead their best lives.

What do Re-centre 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?

Broad international research has informed modern bio-psycho-social explanations of health and wellbeing, and thus offered many approaches to help and recovery. 

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

For example, and not limited to –

  • 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 can Re-centre help?

A consultation with one of our specialist psychiatrists allows for clarification and advice on young people’s challenges. Family or carers are welcome to attend, if this is agreed-to. This inquiry may occur over one or several meetings, as comfortable for the individual.

Understanding their past allows for a range of care plans, psychological therapies and treatment recommendations ahead, decided in collaboration. Medication options can be discussed and considered before trialling, then reviewed together.

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.

And after initial consultation with a specialist, progress may be further found in Re-centre psychological therapies –

  • Group courses of young people, working together
  • 1:1 personal therapy – guided through cognitive behavioural or dialectic behavioural therapy-informed care
  • 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.

Discover better mind health with Re-centre