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Recommendations of a Dentist and Psychologist for kids in Canberra?

By gourmetmumma 7 January 2011 38

Hi all… I am in search of a good family/kids dentist and a good child psychologist.

We moved here not long ago and we are living Northside, but I’m willing to travel if needed. I have called Smile Lounge and also the ACT health dental clinic and there seem to be minimum 2 month wait for both.

I’d love a local dentist around Belconnen or Gungahlin areas, but I’m willing to travel further for a kids psychologist that specializes in issues of anxiety, negativity, and building confidence and resilience in kids.

Any suggestions much appreciated. Thanks.

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ozdownunder 3:32 pm 05 Dec 14

Look no further for Kids Dentist, Childrens Dentist, Pediatric Dentist who can alleviate the fears your kids would be having about visiting a Dentist….

We have been to our local Gungahlin Dentist Dr. Shilpa Kalburgi thrice now and on all these dental visits had such wonderful experience. Dr Kalburgi and her staff have all been very friendly, knowledgable, extremely understanding and guided us correctly by discussing the right orthodontic option called Myobrace which no other Dentists in Canberra had provided before to fix my daughter’s crooked teeth. We are very happy with our choice and will highly recommend Dr Shilpa Kalburgi as the best Canberra Dentist for the entire family.

Northside Family Dental have an easy to remember phone number 6242 7777 and have the convenience of making dental appointment online on their website http://www.northsidefamilydental.com.au

Lucyloo 12:38 pm 12 Jan 12

Hi gourmet mumma, just out of interest, do you need a referral to get in to see a child psych? And do you know if they see very young children (ie under 5)?

gourmetmumma 5:11 pm 14 Jan 11

BCBM thanks for the info – what a great idea. This is the type of thing there should be more of. Sometimes you don’t need a psychologist, just tips and ideas and someone to chat with to make sure all is on track. The workshops sound great and I’ll be sure to keep an eye on your website for future ones that I feel will be appropriate.

Again thanks everyone for your input – I have managed to get in to see Kingsley Tonkin for the time being as he is just around the corner from me and seems to have the attributes I am looking for. I have also booked into Andrew Gordon at Gininderra Dental from many recommendations so fingers crossed.

Thanks for the feedback I really appreciate you all taking the time to post 🙂

BCBM 11:01 am 14 Jan 11

Hi there
If you are looking for child psycholigist, Joanne Richardson at OConnor Clinical Psychology is great! I support others ideas that Kingsley Tonkin is also good. It depends what you need??? For skill development you could look at http://www.bcbm.com.au. We are not psycholoists but counsellors who focus on skill development and internal self management and supporting parents to externally manage anxiety and distress on a child’s behalf until children develope the skills. In the meantime looking at mindfulness skills for kids on the net via your normal search engine will provide you with skills you can do with your child to develope anxiety tolerance and management skills.
Please feel free to give me a buzz andsay you are from RIOT ACT and I’m happy to support you to find the right person for your family.
Take care
Bobbi Cook
Senior Therapist
BCBM 62533116

Dragon 12:27 am 10 Jan 11

vg said :

“You don’t know me”

I know enough if you need a psychologist to help build ‘resilience’ in your kids. Apparently being a good parent is being ‘narrow minded’ according to some of the fluff above.

I won’t lie awake in bed anxious, as you all seem to do, about what your defintion of narrow minded is. Get off your date and spend some time with your kids. Its your job to instill them with a sense of the world and themselves. Don’t farm off your responsibilities

Ah yes, the old judgement call without any knowledge of the situation what so ever. Of course, we all know that parents are just as qualified as psychologists/psychiatrists to deal with complex psychological issues. How dare they seek help and spend hard earned money in trying to find professional support for their child’s needs! They’ve should’ve just taken the “Parenting 101” class like everyone else, and have all the answers to everything.

mirage3 12:41 am 09 Jan 11

Gmumma, Dr Jo Newton don’t do littlies any more (maybe mine scared her), Dr Wong is loved by my youngest 8 and my oldest 20. I like both dentists and me scaredy cat. The other dunno, but you are do’ en well.

gourmetmumma 10:26 pm 08 Jan 11

Vg there are so many things I would like to say but my energy and time is too valuable to waste on those who get a kick out of trying to make others feel worthless and inferior.

To everyone else who actually had some great constructive things to answer my post I have followed some of them up and have some appointments organized. Thanks again guys 🙂

clp 9:39 pm 08 Jan 11

I would try the Psychology clinic at ANU which runs programs for anxious kids. I have had their grads on placements and they are very well supervised.

Kan 4:25 pm 08 Jan 11

I would highly recommend the dental surgery at Hawker (02) 6254-9600. They were fantastic with my daughter, 11, who recently had to have six teeth pulled out.

vg 2:29 pm 08 Jan 11

“You don’t know me”

I know enough if you need a psychologist to help build ‘resilience’ in your kids. Apparently being a good parent is being ‘narrow minded’ according to some of the fluff above.

I won’t lie awake in bed anxious, as you all seem to do, about what your defintion of narrow minded is. Get off your date and spend some time with your kids. Its your job to instill them with a sense of the world and themselves. Don’t farm off your responsibilities

nanzan 11:02 am 08 Jan 11

Oh, and we are also looking for a dentist in Gungahlin…one that is comfortable with kids as well as adults.

I did post an item about this yesterday (i.e. looking for a dentist in Gungahlin) but for some reason it has not been added to the site.

nanzan 10:59 am 08 Jan 11

A new psychologist – who has a lot of expertise with children – has set up in Anthony Rolfe Avenue in Gungahlin. His name is Dr Kingsley Tonkin, and he used to be director of the psychology clinic at UC.

We have taken our son to see him for a cognitive assessment.

Web site is: http://www.kingsleytonkin.com.au/

Bazz 7:48 am 08 Jan 11

Dentist: I have been happy with Dr Alex Parragi in Kingston 6295 6190 ?
Psychologist: Stefa Wirga is BRILLIANT – http://www.betterpsychology.com.au/

cleo 3:08 am 08 Jan 11

Gourmetmumma

I understand what you are going through with a child with high anxitey, that is part of their makeup, there are things you can do to help, you seem to be on the right path, my daughter has been that way since she was little.

I used to call her Henny Penny, who thought the sky was falling, seriously though it’s not a joke, she is recieving help.

JustThinking 7:29 pm 07 Jan 11

I too have an anxious/nervous worried child. (although he is almost 18yo now nothing much has changed)
I cannot recommmend anything,,,just wanted to say my 4 other kids have never had any real issues but this one son seems to worry and panic about everything.
Like Padoofs daughter,,my son also takes the worries of the world on his shoulders. He worries about 3rd World Children he sees on TV, worries about those less fortunate, we are always donating to this or that.
Since day ‘dot’ he was worried. I do my best to stop it getting ‘out of hand’ but I have no idea when it will stop.
He even worries about germs and being late and times and dates. He just worries all the time.

Gourmetmumma..I agree about changing the stigma of mental health issues. I for one have been fighting this issue for years. It is a shame that noone else understands or cares,,,until it happens to them, or someone close to them.

mcmc 6:36 pm 07 Jan 11

My kids have been to Dr Peter Wong for years, and it is great! The staff are friendly, the clinic is very kid-friendly too, and Peter is so professional. I actually just remembered that there is a female dentist who works there who is great as well, though her name slips my mind at the moment. Fiona, perhaps? Anyway, they are located in Deakin at the Lidia Perin centre. Hope this helps!

Kitty7 6:29 pm 07 Jan 11

Dr Peter Wong and Dr Fiona Bell at Deakin are fabulous Paediatric dentists. They specialise in kids that have anxiety issues, and if the child needs sedation/general anaesthetic for any treatments they use fantastic Anaesthetists. I can’t recommend them highly enough.

gourmetmumma 5:19 pm 07 Jan 11

Wow thanks guys the response is fabulous! I’m looking into all contacts now to see how I go.

Padoof – your kids sound like mine…almost 8 year old son who since the day he was born was a highly strung anxious kid. Looks at the world through the eyes and mind of an adult and takes everything on his shoulders. On the other hand 6yo daughter is the most carefree, easygoing kid you could ever meet. Funny how people like to judge needing a ‘child psychologist’ like you have no idea how to parent. I am a woman raised my a mother who suffered terrible anxiety and other mental illness eventually committing suicide when I was 19, I myself suffer anxiety but thanks to these ‘charlatans’ have the skills to manage it on my own, and would like my son to get these skills for himself to get through his life happy, healthy and well balanced. My next step was to speak with the school counselor. We are working well as a family and husband and I have done so much reading and research to help him out – it’s just good sometimes to have a ‘third party’ like a good psychologist/counselor to touch base with once in a while and keep us all on track, and give my son another person he can trust to open up to if he needs to.

Benita_449 – before we moved here he did a great program in Brisbane called Confident Kids which helps build resilience and give him the skills to manage worrying and negative thoughts, similar to the Cool Kids program so thanks for the details.

On another note while I’m on my high horse (I am very passionate about trying to change the stigma and negativity attached to mental health issues) 😉 if my son had a heart condition I’d take him to a cardiologist, if he had a broken arm we’d put a cast on it, so if he has anxiety we see someone who can help and support him with it. Not just tell him to ‘get over it’. Perhaps if he does break his leg I’ll just tell him to hop for a while.

Thanks again everyone…

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