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The Best Child Psychologist in Canberra

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Just like adults, children are susceptible to mental health issues. Whether your family is undergoing a big move or transition, school is becoming too much, your child is developing a phobia, or you are facing other factors that are affecting your child’s mood and mental wellbeing, visiting a qualified, experienced psychologist can help.

We understand that your child means everything to you. To help you ensure your little one has the best possible experience, we’ve asked Canberra locals to identify the top child psychologists in the region.

Let’s get started right away.

What makes an excellent child psychologist?

To help you determine which psychologist is right for your family, here are a few specialist characteristics to look out for:

  • Experience. Experience exposes psychologists to a whole host of mental health issues, family problems, and other difficult circumstances. They have seen it all before, and can offer effective, actionable techniques to overcome specific challenges.
  • Specialist in children’s health. While children may suffer from similar mental health issues to adults, often, they require a distinct style of support. It may be best to seek out a psychologist that specialises in children’s health.
  • Compassion. Different children react in different ways: something that may be easy for some presents a legitimate challenge to others. The best psychologists understand this and respond with the utmost compassion and understanding.

Is there anything else in particular that you look for in a psychologist?

The top child psychologists in Canberra according to you

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

Now, it’s time to introduce the top child psychologists operating in Canberra and surrounds.

Michelle Deponte at Corinna Chambers Psychologists

Based out of Corinna Chambers Psychologists, Michelle Deponte is a psychologist that works primarily with adolescents and families. Deponte has a specialist interest in assisting adolescents engaging in risky behaviours, such as drugs and alcohol, anger management, and self-harming.

Canberra Psychology Centre for Children and Families (CPCCF)

Canberra Psychology Centre for Children and Families (CPCCF) is a highly-regarded private psychology practice in Canberra that specialises in the assessment and therapy of children, adolescents, and young adults. The qualified team of male and female registered and clinical psychologists at CPCCF are committed to maintaining the highest level of evidence-based services in a welcoming, judgement-free environment.

Canberra Psychology Clinic

The Canberra Psychology Clinic offers a team of passionate, committed, and experienced psychologists equipped with the skills and expertise needed to assist children, teenagers, and young adults. With an extensive team of professionals onboard, Canberra Psychology Clinic can assess, diagnose, and treat youth facing a wide range of emotional, educational, and behavioural challenges.

Who did you pick?

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback, if you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you worked with a child psychologist in the Canberra area? Our readers could benefit from your feedback – whether that be positive or negative. Share your experience in the comments section below.


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muntychops 6:26 pm 12 Jun 13

Michelle Deponte in Woden has helped my nephew immensely, they rave about her. She’s at Corrina Chambers

Ben_Dover 5:20 pm 12 Jun 13

Dilandach said :

Are you so sure that it hasn’t already been done? Or do you think this is a spur of the moment decision because they spilt milk on the carpet?

Neither, just making a sound suggestion as to the best way to get help. If it had been done, a psychiatrist and/or psychologist would have been provided, if deemed necessary.

Dilandach said :

Hrmm, random guy who has no idea of the situation, background or history versus the people dealing directly with it. I wonder who has the information to make the judgement call there.

Random guy going on information offered vs people who do not say why they want to take their kid to a psychiatrist and a psychologist. I wonder who has already made a judgement call.

kea 4:47 pm 12 Jun 13

DUB said :

Dr. Pam Connor

http://www.pamconnor.com/

A friend of mine used her not so long ago for several sessions ( Child Protection recommended her), as clinical psychologist report had to be prepared (coincidentally, for her 5 years old daughter as well). We were just talking about it yesterday.

Good luck.

+ 1 for Dr Connor. We are seeing her at the moment and she is excellent.

Kalfour 3:24 pm 12 Jun 13

Dilandach said :

Ben_Dover said :

Why not take him/her to your GP first, and ask for a referral to the child and adolescent mental health services? Or are you so sure in your diagnosis of a five year old that you already know what they need?

Are you so sure that it hasn’t already been done? Or do you think this is a spur of the moment decision because they spilt milk on the carpet?

Hrmm, random guy who has no idea of the situation, background or history versus the people dealing directly with it. I wonder who has the information to make the judgement call there.

+1

Although I agree about the referral bit (just in case you don’t already have one). A doctor might be able to refer you to a psych who specialises in the needs specifically concerning your child.
I believe a referral also makes it cheaper. And psychs can be quite expensive.

JazzyJess 1:18 pm 12 Jun 13

You could try asking your child’s teacher or the school counsellor (assuming there is one) for a referral.

Mr Evil 12:44 pm 12 Jun 13

Slap the child really hard until they burst into tears – then give them an ice cream.

This will set them up nicely for later life as an employee of the ACT Government, and will also save you a great deal of money that you could have wasted on a psychologist/psychiatrist.

Dilandach 12:12 pm 12 Jun 13

Ben_Dover said :

Why not take him/her to your GP first, and ask for a referral to the child and adolescent mental health services? Or are you so sure in your diagnosis of a five year old that you already know what they need?

Are you so sure that it hasn’t already been done? Or do you think this is a spur of the moment decision because they spilt milk on the carpet?

Hrmm, random guy who has no idea of the situation, background or history versus the people dealing directly with it. I wonder who has the information to make the judgement call there.

kmay 10:53 am 12 Jun 13

Dr Lev Fridgant is excellent and specialises in treating children. He’s located at Calvary clinic.

Ben_Dover 10:35 am 12 Jun 13

Why not take him/her to your GP first, and ask for a referral to the child and adolescent mental health services? Or are you so sure in your diagnosis of a five year old that you already know what they need?

FarrerGirl 9:45 am 12 Jun 13

I understand the University of Canberra School of Psychology run group classes for children and their parents and also offer one-on-one sessions. May be worth checking out.

DUB 9:41 am 12 Jun 13

There is another recommendation- Dr Sue Packer (Children at risk unit). You can google her.
Here’s a bit about her: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/sue-packer-named-canberra-citizen-of-the-year-20130312-2fxy8.html

DUB 9:27 am 12 Jun 13

Dr. Pam Connor http://www.pamconnor.com/

A friend of mine used her not so long ago for several sessions ( Child Protection recommended her), as clinical psychologist report had to be prepared (coincidentally, for her 5 years old daughter as well). We were just talking about it yesterday.

Good luck.

Dilandach 9:26 am 12 Jun 13

dannybear said :

Mark Scarborough is very good and treats children, he’s based in wanniassa you can find his details on google.

I’ll look into that thank you.

Any one know a psychiatrist as well?

dannybear 9:17 am 12 Jun 13

Mark Scarborough is very good and treats children, he’s based in wanniassa you can find his details on google.

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