Child and Adolescent Centre

Located in Emerald at 323C Belgrave-Gembrook Road.

Entrance to the centre is from the rear – Ferres Road on to Madigan Way (behind Mitre 10).

Emerald Psychology Child and Adolescent Centre offers a uniquely designed, safe, fun space for young people to do therapy. The centre is purposefully developed for children and adolescents with consideration given to creating a non-clinical environment that feels inviting and developmentally appropriate. The process of seeing a psychologist can cause high levels of anxiety for many people and more so, for young people where the experience can even be frightening. By creating safety and warmth in the therapy environment, young people are more likely to feel comfortable and open to explore their difficulties and so the therapy is much more likely to be effective.

Our Child and Adolescent Centre is comprehensively resourced with a broad variety of materials that support the work of our psychologists. Play therapy strategies can include sensory based toys, creative visualization, role plays, storytelling, pretend-play toys, soft toys, weighted toys, animal sets, games, arts and crafts and sand play. Toys and play provide a platform for children to explore their inner experiences and focus on building the young person’s sense of agency and internal drive and strength to achieve wellbeing.

Play therapy is balanced with a structured approach where required. Our experienced psychologists are trained in various treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment Theory, Schema Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Trauma Informed Practice, Strengths Based Approaches and Mindfulness Based Strategies. These approaches help young people recognise the relationship between their thoughts, feelings and behaviour and develop improved coping strategies and internal resilience.

In addition to the individual work with children, the role of parents, families and carers is considered an integral part of the recovery journey. Where indicated, our psychologists will involve the broader system including liaison with schools and other relevant people and agencies to achieve the best outcomes for the young person. This creates an integrated model of care that is multidisciplinary and well-coordinated. Our Child and Adolescent services now extend to include assessments including the diagnostic assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

All of our psychologists share similar values of a client centred approach based on mutual respect, empowerment and taking a non-judgemental stance. Young people are encouraged and supported to be an active participant in their recovery and wellbeing. We believe that in order to enable this process, the therapeutic relationship provides a powerful driver to improvement and healing therefore, establishing rapport, trust and connection with young people is central to our work.

We welcome you to our Centre and hope that your experience reflects the passion and commitment we have for the services we provide.