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Develop the understanding and tools to help maintain your mental health and live a good life.

Psychology provides support for learning and development, managing behaviours, emotions and thoughts, and maintaining and improving mental health – as well as providing helpful thinking strategies and problem-solving.

Our psychologists are experienced in working children, young adults and families and can assist with a range of diagnosed mental health disorders as well as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression and learning difficulties.

And they will also work with you and your family on any challenges that you may experience, and any challenging behaviours you need to learn how to manage. These can include friendship and relationship difficulties and navigating changes and transitions in their lives and transitions, such as moving into a new school, a family’s separation, and even dealing with the pressures of social media.

Our approach is based on an initial assessment and is then tailored to the needs and circumstances of you and your family.

To learn more about our Psychology services or to book an appointment contact your nearest Early Start Australia clinic.


Our psychologists can help with the following:

  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Social and emotional learning, including promoting resilience and coping skills
  • Behavioural difficulties and disorders, including managing challenging behaviours associated with oppositional defiant disorder
  • Learning difficulties
  • Anxiety, fears and phobias
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Depression
  • Managing anger
  • Social skills and friendships
  • Eating disorders
  • Grief and loss
  • Dealing with divorce and parental separation

What do our psychology services involve?

At ESA, our psychology team involves varied mental health clinicians, including psychologists, provisional psychologists, accredited mental health social workers, as well as art therapists.

This allows a diverse group of clinicians with various skills to support your family in learning new skills, learning to manage their thoughts and feelings, and overcome the difficulties by focusing on the child’s strengths and nurturing and growing them.

It doesn’t need to be a diagnosed mental health disorder for you to need our psychology services. We help anyone who needs support, and their therapy or treatment will be tailored to each individual.

We will often meet with you initially to gather background information and comprehensive history to help a clinician understand your child’s development. The sessions then would be a combination of working with your child, working with the parent or caregiver, and then working altogether.


Psychology programs

As part of your therapy journey your psychologist may recommend some therapy programs to assist in achieving your goals including:

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Little Oaks
Little Oaks is for children under five years of age, particularly toddlers, with known developmental delays, Autism or disabilities.
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Feuerstein Programs
Feuerstein programs are a powerful way to help people of all ages understand their emotions, think more flexibly and improve their decision-making skills. 
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Talkabout is a comprehensive social communication program designed for pre-school aged children with social communication difficulties.
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Find a clinic near you

We have clinics in every state and territory providing assessments, early childhood intervention therapies, and support to help you thrive.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Psychology services

Psychology can support your child to reach their full potential by building confidence and life skills, validating their feelings, improving understanding and communication, and overcoming challenges.

In simple terms, they will develop the understanding and tools to help them maintain their mental health and live a good life.

It can help you and your child learn why they are feeling or behaving the way they do and how you can manage them together. Psychologists will provide solutions and strategies to help your child feel calmer and more resilient, and help them learn valuable skills. These skills can help them problem-solve and cope healthily, avoid negative thinking patterns, understand their emotions, express their feelings appropriately, and avoid situations that can harm their mental health.

Yes, it’s always good for the psychologist to work out the best way to approach your child’s needs. However, if your child has a mental health care plan, your child needs to be there as you cannot claim on Medicare if it’s a parent only session. If it is a private session or NDIS, it’s fine for a parent to come to a session alone

This can vary as it depends on the treatment, which is tailored to your child and family. Parents are involved in treatment and intervention but may not be in every appointment. Sometimes a child needs space to feel safe and connected.

There is no set time frame as each child is different and presents with their own set of challenges. A tailored approach will move at their pace. It’s crucial that they feel safe, heard and validated first before allowing them to work through the challenges they may be experiencing.

As soon as you have any concerns, or if your child’s behaviour or emotional state has been noted by someone such as GP, teacher or caregiver, you can seek help. It’s best to do it as soon as you have a concern, as early intervention has been proven to have better outcomes. However, we offer our services to anyone at any stage of their condition.

It’s always best to be honest and transparent. Tell them you are going to a safe place where we will all work and learn together about you. We will support you to achieve the best outcome for you, with the help and support of someone who knows about what you are going through.

The ESA difference

esa difference

Our dedicated teams of Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Speech Pathologists and Physiotherapists work with our clients to help them meet their growth and development goals.

We focus on supporting clients (and their families) to develop language, motor, cognitive, social and emotional skills, and provide therapy supports for children with developmental delay or disability, including autism spectrum disorder.

Why choose Early Start Australia

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Multi-disciplinary team

Our multi-disciplinary teams work together with you to understand your needs and develop a plan using evidence-based strategies to help you achieve your goals and aspirations.

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Australian wide network of centres

We have clinics in every state and territory creating a strong community of allied health professionals with the collective knowledge and expertise to deliver you the best outcomes.

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Registered NDIS provider

We are a registered NDIS provider and are here to help you on your NDIS journey.

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Early intervention for all ages

Early intervention is not just for the kids. We offer therapies to cater for all ages, needs and abilities,
and we know the sooner you start your therapy journey the better.

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