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About BrainChild Psychology and Neuroscience

Who we are?

Our clinic focuses on infant through to adult psychological assessment and intervention. We have a special interest in the health and functioning of the brain, and provide both assessment and treatment that promote neuroplasticity and optimal brain functioning.

BrainChild Psychology and Neuroscience can provide services in the following areas:

  • Assessment
  • Brain Mapping
  • Neurotherapy
  • Psychological Intervention

Psychological Assessment

Your doctor, teacher or other healthcare provider may have told you that you or your child may have some learning, developmental, psychological, or behavioural difficulties, and recommended that they see a Psychologist for assessment:

  • A thorough and comprehensive assessment of the presenting problem is a necessary first step prior to implementing any intervention plan.
  • The assessment process is designed to identify strengths, difficulties and areas for potential intervention.

What does the Assessment involve?

BrainChild Psychology and Neuroscience uses the latest in digital and computerised testing equipment to assess clients who have difficulties with learning and thinking skills, memory, social-emotional and behavioural difficulties.

  • Typically, the assessment process will involve an interview, the completion of questionnaires specific to the presenting problem/s, individual administration of psychological assessments, and the completion of other general questionnaires by the client, care giver and/or teacher.
  • We also offer individual Brain Mapping as part of each assessment (where appropriate), in order to identify areas of generalised or localised brain dysregulation.
  • The assessment process may take several sessions to complete, depending on the individual's age and complexity of the referral question.

What kinds of Assessment does BrainChild Psychology and Neuroscience offer?

BrainChild Psychology and Neuroscience offers comprehensive assessment in the following areas:

  • Cognitive/Intellectual ability (Impairment and Giftedness)
  • Psychoeducational/Academic achievement
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (Children and Adults)
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders (e.g. ADHD)
  • Psychological and Emotional Difficulties (e.g. Anxiety and Depression)
  • Neuropsychological functioning
  • Memory and Learning
  • Visual and Auditory Attention
  • Executive Functioning
  • School readiness
  • Infant development
  • Behavioural disorders
  • Adaptive behaviour
  • Sensory functioning
  • Auditory processing

The specific assessments to be completed by you or your child will be discussed with you at the initial consultation.
Please bring copies of any medical, psychological and other assessments undertaken previously, so that any changes in performance can be noted.

Brain Mapping

  • Brain Mapping uses EEG (brainwave) technology to identify the presence and severity of imbalances and dysregulation in the brain, which are at the core of many childhood problems.
  • Brain Mapping may be completed separately or in conjunction with psycho-educational or neuropsychological assessments.

Neuroscience

Why Neuroscience?

Our principal practitioner, Dr Rachael came to the study of Applied Neuroscience and Neurotherapy in order to achieve better treatment outcomes for her clients. After feeling frustrated that many clients with neurodevelopmental difficulties and acquired brain injuries were unable to make effective use of traditional psychological intervention techniques, Dr Rachael has spent several years investigating the validity of using neurotherapeutic techniques as an adjunct to traditional psychological treatment. She has subsequently completed certified courses in Clinical Neuroscience and has become a certified and registered Neuroscientist and practitioner in EEG Brain Mapping and Neurofeedback Therapy.

What Neuroscience does?

  • Neuroscience provides information about brain functioning by obtaining a Brain Map, which ties directly to an individualised, brain-based treatment program, designed specifically to suit each client.
  • It helps to retrain the brain to work differently. The brain is the seat of all of our thinking, learning, social, emotional, psychological and behavioural functioning and well-being, so when we experience difficulties in any of these areas, it makes sense to directly treat the areas of the brain that are responsible for the problem, rather than using general treatment methods which are not specifically targeted to each client’s specific needs.

What is Neuroscience helpful for?

Neuroscience can help many conditions including:

  • ADD/ADHD
  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Attention
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • Behavioural issues
  • Brain injury
  • Cognitive function
  • Concentration
  • Concussion
  • Depression
  • Emotional regulation
  • Epilepsy
  • Fatigue
  • Memory
  • Migraines
  • Mood disorders
  • Motor skills
  • Pain
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sleep difficulties (insomnia, frequent night wakings)
  • Stroke
  • Tics, Tourette’s Syndrome

Benefits of Neuroscience:

Neuroscience is beneficial for treating neurological dysregulation related to:

  • Arousal
  • Sleep/wake cycles
  • Cognitive processing
  • Sensory processing
  • Inhibition of motor responses
  • Moods and emotions
  • Memory

Psychological Counselling

  • Counselling and psychological treatment programs are available for a range of psychological issues.
  • Consultations are available for children, care givers and individual clients.
  • Psychological counselling is only offered via face-to-face consultation, and is not available via telephone.

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