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    If my child is having some issues would the psychologist need to see the whole family or only the child?

    My child is having some behavioural issues and will be starting therapy soon. Will my whole family need to speak to the therapist or just my child?
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  • Naomi Rose

    Psychologist

    Naomi Rose is a registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia & AHPRA and an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society. She has ... View Profile

    Good question! First, the psychologist would like to see the parent/carer in the first session to understand the problem from the view of the parent. In the second session, the psychologist would like to see the child and understand the problem from the child’s perspective. Thirdly if the psychologist is also a family therapist it is always beneficial to see the whole family or whoever in the family would like to come. The reason being the child is part of a wider system and relationships are reciprocal. Evidence suggests that the child is helped the most when their families participate in the sessions.

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