Child and adolescent psychiatry

What is a psychiatrist?

Psychiatrists are medical doctors that are trained in treating a range of mental illnesses as well as providing psychotherapy for people who are working through a range of challenges in their lives.  Psychiatrists are medical doctors and have 6 years of medical school training, two or more years of work as a general hospital doctor and then a minimum of 5 years of training as a psychiatry doctor before they become a specialist psychiatrist.  Psychiatrists can choose to do two more years of training to be a child and adolescent psychiatrist.


Who would benefit from seeing a psychiatrist?

Psychiatrists are able to diagnose and treat a range of mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, OCD, eating disorders, and developmental impairments as well as a range of issues such as low self-esteem, past emotional trauma and phobias. Their skills also cover talking based therapies, liaison with families and schools and some will offer other specialist treatments such as family therapy.  Patients need to be referred by another doctor to see a psychiatrist.


What is a Psychologist

Psychologists undertake an undergraduate degree in university, which provides training in research, statistics and science.  After completing a psychology degree people decide if they would like to have further training to work as a clinical psychologist who sees patients for help with emotional distress.  This training is at least 3 more years at university.  It involves research and work-based placements and assessments. Psychologists are then qualified to provide psychological therapy for patients.

Psychologists have two years of ongoing mentor type sessions to be registered as a clinical psychologist.


Often psychologists and psychiatrist work together.


Who would benefit from seeing a psychologist?

Psychologists help children and families with problems that are wide ranging but include

  • Anxiety
  • School avoidance
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Depression
  • Self-harming
  • Family conflict
  • Learning disorders
  • Developmental disorders

Family Therapy

Is offered often by psychologists but can also be offered by other therapists and counsellors and is focussed on mending the relationships between people in a family. The whole family participate (usually parents and kids) and they all are present for each session.  The goal is to help with communication and understanding of each other in the family.  This can be helpful when there is ongoing conflict or sadness in a family; when there is severe illness or grief that is affecting everyone. People usually attend 4 to 5 sessions of family therapy and it requires a commitment of the family (or at least most of the family) to attend.


Is a form of counselling-based therapy where techniques of relaxation and mindfulness re used to help the person enter a thinking state that is calm?  At that point people are able to take on techniques and ideas that they can use with particular areas of stress in their lives such as

  • Upcoming exams
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety about school attendance
  • Public speaking
  • Travel and tolerating change to routine
  • Nail-biting, picking or pulling at hair repeatedly.


You should always see a licensed hypnotherapist who is trained as a provider of hypnotherapy.

It takes 2 or more sessions for the effects to be noticed for most people and you may be asked to practice the hypnotherapy between appointments.

It is helpful for children and adults and in particular can be good for anxiety and sleep.

Take a look at this video talking about ‘Children and Teenagers Today’.

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Our Team

We are a dedicated group of professionals who focus on the whole of the child and family. Our group offer a range of therapies so that children and families are able to consider which therapeutic approach suits them. We are all registered with our professional bodies and continue to up skill with ongoing professional development. A number of our therapists also see adults, and therefore a service for the support of parents is also available.

Anna Worth

Anna Worth


Anna completed her Masters in Clinical Psychology at the University of Adelaide. She has a special interest in perinatal psychology – providing psychological support to mothers, fathers, infants and couples during the perinatal period,...
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Jo England

Jo England

Relational therapist and psychologist

Jo works with families to build and repair relationships.  Jo works on building a secure attachment relationship between members of the family.  She achieves this by offering sessions with the family and the individual. Jo...
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Samantha Vincent

Samantha Vincent

Child Psychologist

Samantha has a Masters of Clinical Psychology from the University of Adelaide and works with children and adolescents who presents with a range of challenges, these include, emotional dysregulation, anxiety, depression, school based challenges...
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Lynda Watson

Lynda Watson

Qualified Hypnotherapist

Lynda uses hypnotherapy to change the pathways in the deeper mind. Lynda’s aim is to help you regain control of unwanted behaviors thoughts and habits. By enabling you to cope better with anxiety pain...
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Dr. Melanie Turner

Dr. Melanie Turner

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr Melanie Turner is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who works in private practice and is the director of her Norwood based practice – MyChild Psychiatry and Psychology. Mel sees children 0 to 18...
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Dr. Natalie Mills

Dr. Natalie Mills

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr Natalie Mills achieved a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) through her time at The University of Queensland, focused on the role of inflammatory markers in depression in Adolescents. She is also a Senior Lecturer...
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