Melbourne Paediatric Specialists

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Paediatric Clinical Psychology

Assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental health difficulties

What is Paediatric Clinical Psychology?

Paediatric Clinical Psychologists have specialised training in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental health difficulties in children and adolescents.

A range of emotional, behavioural and social difficulties can arise in young people, requiring the intervention of Clinical Psychologists.

Common difficulties experienced by children and adolescents visiting Clinical Psychologists include:

  • Children’s behavioural problems (e.g. tantrums, toileting, sleeping issues)
  • Anxiety and fears (e.g. phobias, excessive worry, separation issues)
  • Depression and low mood
  • Adjustment issues (e.g. difficulties coping with a family transition or major life event)
  • Reactions to trauma

  • Grief and loss
  • Issues relating to a child’s medical condition or chronic illness
  • Interpersonal/relationship issues in children and adolescents (e.g. social skills)
  • Difficulties related to having an autism spectrum disorder
  • Child-parent relationship concerns

Cognitive (intellectual) assessments for school-aged children are also available.

Parents and families may also seek support regarding:

  • Parenting concerns
  • Managing challenging behaviour and special needs
  • Family loss or trauma
Support for Parents


Paediatric Clinical Psychologists are trained in the delivery of a wide range of evidence-based psychological therapies. Scientific research has demonstrated the effectiveness of these approaches in treating mental health difficulties in children and adolescents.

Following a thorough clinical assessment, therapeutic techniques are chosen based on clinical judgement, professional expertise and current research evidence.

Paediatric Clinical Psychologists

Paediatric Clinical Psychologists currently practicing and available for patient consultations at Melbourne Paediatric Specialists include: Dr Zeta Bierenkrant and Dr Katie Waters.