Children
and youth

Oqea Cares provide psychological therapy to children from
4 years of age. Our small team of child psychologists are available to take on new clients now.  

Here are some of the areas that we can help families with: 

  • Anxiety: Anxiety in children can show up as difficulty separating from caregivers, being unsettled at school, being overly fearful of particular things, difficulty interacting with other children, or having big worries about themselves, others, and the world. 
  • Mood: Low mood can often be seen in children who seem more sad than usual, being quieter with family and friends, having sleep and eating difficulties, crying more often or telling us they are feeling sad. 
  • Anger: For some children, all emotions are expressed as anger. Through working with the child and family, our psychologists can help everyone better understand what is happening for the child and build strategies for the family.  
  • Neurodiversity: Our psychologists work with children with ADHD and Autism and support families in working towards their goals from a neuro-affirming perspective.  
  • Grief and loss: Sadly, many young children experience the loss of a sibling or parent in their younger years. Psychologists can help children and families nagivate through the journey of grieving. 
  • Life stage transition: Some families benefit from psychological support through a child’s transition into kindy, into full-time primary school, and from primary to secondary school. Adolescence can be a particularly difficult time for some young people, and having a psychologist they trust can support them through this transition period. 
  • Adjustment issues: Children may experience feelings of anxiety and low mood as a result of changes in their family structure, the addition of siblings, the separation of parents, the re-partnering of parents, migration, changing schools etc. Our psychologists can help children and families understand what is happening for them and how they can build coping strategies to adjust to changes.  
  • Trauma and attachment: Some families are exposed to high levels of trauma through family domestic violence, abuse, neglect, and natural disasters. Our psychologists can work with the child, the parent-child dyad, or the carer-child dyad.   
  • Family and relationship difficulties: Sometimes families benefit from working with psychologists to assist with relationship issues within the family between siblings, between a parent and a child, and between parents. Our psychologists are skilled in working to strengthen family relationships and improve family life as a result.  
  • Couples therapy: We also have a number of psychologists who see couples for couples therapy.  

Our approaches include: 

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy
  • Dialetic behavioural therapy
  • Schema therapy
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mentalisation based therapy
  • Narrative therapy
  • EMDR
  • Trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Solution focused therapy
  • Emotion focused therapy  
Sandra Dichiera
Sandra Dichiera
I am a clinician who is genuinely committed in supporting my clients explore their personal journeys and challenges to enhance self-awareness and achieve meaningful personal growth.
Tannith Lilford
Tannith Lilford
I am a clinician who is committed to providing clients with a safe and empathic space to connect and explore a pathway towards living a life that is meaningful to them.
Gabriella (Gabbie) Petta
Gabriella (Gabbie) Petta
I hope to work with my clients to create a safe and friendly therapeutic space that allows navigation of themes that may be limiting and exploration of different ways to move towards less suffering and greater growth.
Mathew Walczak
Mathew Walczak
I believe that change can only happen through collaboration and honesty with other people and with all parts of ourselves. I strive to create a space where people feel safe to be their authentic self and are motivated to take action towards achieving their goals even in the face of uncomfortable emotions.