Psychology at Kids’ Care Collective provides psychological services and support to young people, and their families and carers across the Western Suburbs of Melbourne. Services are provided within the clinic and home settings, as well as liaising with schools and kindergartens. This ensures that the skills that are developed in 1:1 therapy can be generalised to the young person’s social and educational environments and the wider community
Psychological services at Kids’ Care Collective are aimed at improving the mental health and wellbeing of individuals with a range of needs, as well as working toward improving their holistic functioning within all aspects of their life. In addition, the service works collaboratively with carers, educators, and families, to help the individuals thrive within each of their environments. The service prides itself on using evidence-based practice to address a client’s individualised goals. In addition to this, we pride ourselves on providing a warm, friendly and supportive approach to create a positive environment for the young people and their families.
We provide client- focused therapy to individuals based on young person’s needs and presentation. We work collaboratively with families, carers, educators, and allied-health therapists to set and work toward client-based SMART goals. Intervention strategies are evidence based, which means that all interventions are based on current research, and in line with best practice. Young people and their families often seek psychological services to provide the support in the areas of behaviour management, mental health and wellbeing, social skills, communication and language and executive functioning. The types of support provided in 1:1 individual therapy have been detailed below.
Mental Health and wellbeing:
Communication and language:
Parent/ Caregiver/ Family Support
Behind every young person is a parent, carer or family that provides intensive daily care and support. As a result of this, a large aspect of psychological services at Kids’ Care Collective is providing support and coaching for the young person’s support system. This ensures that the support system is empowered and given the skills to work collaboratively toward the young person’s goals. We provide direct support within the home, 1:1 coaching session, as well as regular support team meetings with families. This support is often provided to address the following:
School or kindergarten liaising
At Kids’ Care Collective we provide external visits to schools, childcares, and kindergartens to address the young person’s goals in their social and educational environments. This provides the opportunity to deliver intervention within these settings, as well as supporting educators and staff to work collaboratively with the families to achieve the young person’s goals. This support is often provided to address the following:
We provide both formal and informal assessments for the purpose of investigating diagnosis in line with the DSM-5, school funding applications, NDIS funding applications and general therapy goal setting. We offer assessments in the areas of
Details pertaining both formal and informal assessments can be discussed with your treating therapist or upon referral. How to book
A referral for psychological services is not required by a GP or specialist, simply give us a call to make an appointment with our Psychology team. To gain insight into the young person’s presentation and needs, the initial session will involve obtaining a detailed history and relevant information, meeting the young person and the family, rapport building and goal setting. This initial consultation is just as an imperative part of the service as the therapy sessions themselves.