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Kids - you are in control, you can either read this on your own or ask your grown up to sit and help you read through the questions. If you are not sure about something make sure you ask for help.
A Psychologist is a bit like a coach and they help kids and grown ups understand why things might not be going quite right. They help to figure out why you or your grown up might be feeling a bit stuck. Psychologists are really good at helping you figure out things that might not be going the way you wanted or expected. It might be that you are feeling sad all the time and you don't know how to get back to being happy. You might be feeling worried about everything or just one thing. You might be having some problems with friends at school or family and home life has changed. BIG stuff happens sometimes and it can bring BIG feelings too. We work together as a team and come up with solutions to make things better.
It is totally OK to feel a little nervous when you are feeling unsure about a situation. We want you to know that sometimes those nervous feelings can make things feel a little more scarier than what they are. It is good to ask questions to help make those nervous feelings a little smaller. This is a safe and fun place and we want to help you get rid of all those nervous feelings.
When you come to meet us, your chosen big person can come in with you at the start if you are still feeling a little worried. Or you can come in and leave your grown up in the waiting room. You're the boss - it really is up to you. The first time you come to visit we might have a chat and play a few games. You don't have to talk about anything you don't want to, but we are looking forward to getting to know you and hearing about what your favourite things are.
This is a really important question and we are glad you asked. We like to create a safe and private space for you. There may be times where we have to talk to other people, like for example if we think you or someone else could be in real danger. There might be times where you want your grown ups to know something but you want our help to be able to tell them. We will always be honest with you about any information we need to share.
We help lots of kids of all different ages, we also help your grown ups too. Sometimes having someone different to talk to when you're feeling stuck helps. We help with BIG emotions that can sometimes feel overwhelming and we can give you better ways to deal with it. We help kids who get worried easily or maybe even worry too much. You might be finding it hard at school or with friends. Whatever it is....WE GOT YOU !! We have lots of practice in helping kids find out just how amazing they are.
Seeing a Psychologist does not mean there is something wrong with you. All it means is that like everyone we all get a bit stuck sometimes. Seeing a Psychologist is also a space for you to learn more about your strengths and what makes you happy.