Child & Adolescent Counselling

The Cairnmillar Clinic provides therapy for children and adolescents aged 4 to 18 years old at all four of our clinic locations. Therapy is provided by both student clinicians and registered psychologists. Services include individual therapy, family therapy, and parent support.

There are many reasons why children or adolescents may be seeking assessment and treatment. Some of these presentations may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Low mood
  • School refusal
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Challenging behaviours
  • Concerns around gender identity or sexuality
  • Disordered eating and body image concerns
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Social difficulties
  • Family & relationship issues
  • And others…

The Cairnmillar Clinic also offers parenting groups regularly. You can view our Groups and Programs here.

Appointment process

For children aged 14 and under, parents or legal guardians are required to attend an initial session without the child present, to provide comprehensive background information to the clinician.

For adolescents aged 15 to 16, parent or legal guardian attendance is optional.

Adolescents aged 17+ are required to attend their initial consultation and can it is at their discretion whether a parent or legal guardian is present.

FAQs

Typically, for children and young people under 18 years of age, the parent/guardian contacts us to provide consent for us to work with the child or young person.

However, in line with legislation regarding provision of health services to minors, young people aged under 18 can engage with treatment at our clinic without their parent or guardian being involved if they are judged to be competent to provide informed consent. In other words, we assess whether the child or young person fully understands what they are consenting to, for them to be able to legally give consent.

We usually encourage young people to involve their parents if possible.

In the case of parents who are separated or divorced, we will ask that both parents confirm consent for our involvement with their child, unless there are court orders specifying that only one parent has responsibility for medical decisions. We also ask for any court orders be attached to our online registration form that will be sent to you once an appointment is confirmed.

Similarly, for children in out of home care, we require written consent from the child’s legal guardian.

In line with Australian legislation, confidentiality and privacy are afforded to the young person and to parents.

Exceptions to this may include safety concerns. In those situations, clinicians are required to act in a way that promotes safety. This is done in consultation with the young person and with respect to their independence as much as possible.

For children aged 14 years and under, we ask parents/guardians to attend an initial session without the child.

For young people aged 15 years and over, the first session may be with parent(s)/guardian(s) and the child instead. During this session, your therapist will discuss how sessions will work in terms of parent/guardian involvement, and how feedback will be provided.

See our Assessments page for detailed information on cognitive and other psychological assessments.

For clients under the age of 14 years, Medicare requires an alternative claimant for rebates. This is typically the child’s parent or legal guardian. The Cairnmillar Clinic registration form has fields to provide information for alternative claimants (full name, date of birth and Medicare number are required).

Clients aged 15+ are not required by Medicare to have an alternative claimant, however as a parent or legal guardian incurring medical expenses, you may wish to provide alternative claimant details to ensure you receive the rebate directly.

Please contact the clinic at clinic@cairnmillar.org.au or 1800 391 393 if you have any questions.

Please refer to our Fees & Rebates page for detailed information.

Clinicians

Anita Gupta

Anita works with people across the lifespan, with a special interest in children and parents and is experienced in assisting with a range of concerns.

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Anna Say

Anna is currently completing her placement within our internal clinics as part of the Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) program.

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Belinda Gidman-Rowse

Belinda is currently completing her placement within our internal clinics as part of the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy course.

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Dr Jennifer Baxter

Jennifer aims to develop a warm and genuine therapeutic relationship with her clients. She takes a client-centred approach in helping individuals work toward their goals.

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Dr Melissa Siu

Melissa has worked in both public hospital and private practice settings for over 20 years.  She enjoys working with individuals and conducting group therapy.

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Jan Teh

Jan is currently completing her placement within our internal clinics as part of the Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) program.

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Jocelyn Clarke

Jocelyn is a General Psychologist currently completing the Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) degree at the Cairnmillar Institute.

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Justin Ispanovic

Justin is currently completing his placement within our internal clinics as part of the Master of Clinical Psychology degree at the Cairnmillar Institute.

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Kimberley Chan

Kimberley is currently completing her placement within our internal clinics as part of the Master of Professional Psychology Practice degree at the Cairnmillar Institute.

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Madison Delios

Madison is currently completing her placement within our internal clinics as part of the Master of Clinical Psychology degree at the Cairnmillar Institute.

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Mandy Taylor

Mandy Taylor is a Clinical Psychologist with more than 20 years’ experience working with adults, and with children, young people and their families. She enjoys working collaboratively with people of all ages, backgrounds, and orientation.

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Maria Marshall

Maria is completing her placement within our internal clinics as part of the Master of Professional Psychology and completing her 6th year internship (Master of Professional Psychology Practice degree) in 2023 at the Cairnmillar Institute.

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Michelle Doolan

Michelle is a Counselling Psychologist and Clinical Family Therapist who works with children, adults, couples, and families.  Michelle tailors her approach and supports clients to connect with their strengths as they work towards their goals.

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Min Li

Min completed her Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology at Monash University in 2011. She is a registered psychologist and an Educational and Developmental psychology registrar.

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Neil Wilson

Neil is an experienced psychologist who has worked in clinical and private settings over the past decade. He works collaboratively with his clients to create realistic goals for treatment.

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Olivia Fox

Olivia is currently completing her placement within our internal clinics as part of the Master of Clinical Psychology degree at the Cairnmillar Institute.

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Ryan Klibansky

Ryan is currently completing his placement within our internal clinics as part of the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy degree at the Cairnmillar Institute.

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Sean Efklides

Sean is currently completing his internship within our internal clinics as part of the Master of Master of Professional Psychology Practice degree at the Cairnmillar Institute.

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Selam Ahmed

Selam is currently completing her internship within our internal clinics as part of the Master of Professional Psychology Practice degree at the Cairnmillar Institute.

 

 

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Shaelyn Camilleri

Shaelyn is currently completing a placement within our internal clinics as part of the Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) degree at the Cairnmillar Institute.

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Stacey Freebody

Stacey is a psychologist with professional passions across developmental research and teaching, as well the applied clinical support of her child clients and their families.

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