High school and adolescence present a particular set of changes for children and their parents. Little Tree doctors are able to assess teenagers for mental illness such as depression and anxiety, but also to diagnose developmental, learning, and social disorders. School refusal can present at this time and requires a multifaceted approach which can include the involvement of allied health clinicians such as clinical psychologists.
Little Tree doctors provide a comprehensive assessment which also addresses relationships within the family and with peers. Treatment is tailored to the individual adolescent and their family. Some of the approaches used include individual psychotherapy, including psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and The Circle of Security Parenting model for strengthening parents’ skills in improving their relationship with their teenager.