Capable Kids offers a range of services for children and adolescents and their parents including those below.

Family counselling/family work

Aimed at improving family functioning and enhancing family life.

Parenting issues

Including parenting the gifted, anxious, stubborn, or otherwise challenged or challenging child or adolescent, and a range of other issues

Gifted and twice exceptional children’s issues

Including dealing with overintensities, social difficulties, misdiagnosis and lack of understanding at school.

ADHD at home & school

Understanding your ADHD child and finding strategies to make life calmer and more enriching.

Behavioural difficulties

Oppositionality, “bossiness”, controlling behaviour, school refusal, aggression at home or school, lying, bullying or being bullied or any other difficult behaviours.

Learning difficulties

Diagnosis of learning disabilities and therapy for resulting feelings of low self-confidence and low self-esteem.

Therapy for anxiety and/or depression

This could include separation anxiety, social anxiety, generalised anxiety, OCD, low mood, and depression/sadness. In young children excessive shyness may be a sign of anxiety.

Liaison with schools

Elaine can liaise with schools over the phone, by email or in person. She can conduct observation of your child in the school setting and can attend school meetings with you in order to promote the best interests of you and your child.

Cognitive & educational assessments

May be practically helpful when children appear to find learning difficult, do not seem to be reaching their full potential, or when there is school resistance/refusal or other behavioural issues.

Capable Kids also offers the range of Cool Kids programs for children and their parents dealing with the effects of high levels of anxiety.

Frequently Asked Questions

In the first instance, you could contact Elaine for an individual or family session to assess whether your child has anxiety and qualifies for the program.
It’s not uncommon for children (and parents) to be apprehensive about joining a group and revealing the difficulties they are experiencing with anxiety. However, experience has shown that families gain huge benefits from group sessions that can’t be obtained in one-to-one counselling. It helps children to learn that others are ‘in the same boat’ and it helps parents as they learn from each other’s experiences and share what works well for different families. It can also be a lot of fun!!!
Families come from a range of backgrounds but you will probably find that you have more in common than you thought. Every child who completes the program is there because they have worries and fears that are stopping them from enjoying life to the full. Most people end up thoroughly enjoying the group and the support it provides.
Cool Kids is designed to run over nine weeks with a two-hour group session every week (usually held after school). The last two or three sessions are usually a couple of weeks apart to allow children and their families time to practice the techniques learned in earlier sessions. We generally do not run Cool Kids during the school holidays, so all in all, the program is generally spread over about 3 months. You also need to be prepared to spend at least half an hour every day completing practice tasks. Experience has shown that those families who prioritise the practice tasks are the ones who gain the most benefit from the program.
Yes, a child won’t be accepted unless at least one (but preferably both) parents agree to attend the sessions. One of the reasons this program is so successful is because parents are actively involved – and learn how to become a ‘coach’ for their child.
The cost of the Cool Kids program varies, depending on the number of families participating in each program – the more families, the cheaper it becomes! Individual sessions and assessments are charged on an hourly basis – please ask Elaine for more information.
We’re happy for anyone who feels that Cool Kids could be of assistance to a child or family they know to contact us in the first instance. This may include parents, grandparents or caregivers, medical professionals, schools or kindergartens, or other psychologists or therapists. We can provide information that can be passed on to the family so that they can make an informed choice.
We are confident that there will always be a degree of behaviour change if parents and children attend every session and always do the practice tasks between sessions. The amount of behaviour change will depend on a number of factors including how severe the anxiety is, the motivation of the child and family to change, and the presence of other issues that make change difficult. There is a follow up appointment about 3 months after the final Cool Kids session to monitor progress, and families are always welcome to undertake the program a second time in order to reinforce what has been learned.

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