Information for Kids
What you need to know about seeing a psychologist
If you have never seen a psychologist before, it can be a bit scary if you don’t know what to expect.
If you Mum or Dad has already made an appointment for you, you might like to start by checking out the picture of the psychologist you’ll be seeing. You can see all of our pictures here. We are a friendly bunch, and we love talking with kids and helping them. Here’s some more information that might help:
The first session
In your first session, your psychologist will ask you heaps of questions and spend time getting to know you. Don’t worry – there are no right or wrong answers, and you don’t have to answer if you don’t want to. We just want to find out about the things that you like and the things that you’re good at. We also want to know about any things that you are unhappy about or that you are finding difficult. This is because it is our job to help kids with the problems they are having and help them feel happier.
Is there something wrong with me?
Sometimes when kids come to see a psychologist they get a bit scared or worried because they are afraid that it means there is something wrong with them. If you are worrying about this, then you need to know that at our clinic we see normal kids who might be having difficulties – and our job is to work out what the problem is, and try to help. You don’t have to be crazy or have something wrong with you to see a psychologist.
Am I in trouble?
Some kids worry that they are being brought to see the psychologist because they are in trouble, or because they are naughty or bad. If you’re worried about this, we want to let you know that it is not our job to get kids into trouble, or to give punishments or lectures. If you’ve had problems with getting into trouble in the past, you can be reassured that your psychologist is one person who will listen to you, and will spend time hearing what you think and feel about things. We are on your team.
Will Mum and Dad be there?
Wherever we can, we like to involve Mums and Dads in what we are doing. This way your parents can help you with the problem when you are at home. It really helps if we can all understand each other and work together to change things.
What if we don't agree?
Your Mum and Dad might have their own ideas about what the problem is and how we can fix it, and their ideas might be different to yours. That’s Ok – everyone’s opinions are important, and we don’t all have to agree. As psychologists, our job is to listen to everyone and to help families understand each other better.
Will it be fun?
Seeing a psychologist will involve some talking, but you’ll do some fun things too. You’ll probably do things like playing games, doing drawing or craft, or using your imagination. It will be your special time to work with your psychologist on the problems you would like to change.