I don’t have a huge media profile. I don’t do speaking engagements or guest appearances on radio and TV. I see parents and children in my private practice, usually referred by GP’s, Paediatricians and schools, and a lot by word of mouth. In nearly 20 years, I’ve had over 20,000 appointments, talking with parents and children about their children’s behavioural problems, ranging from the very mild to the very severe – from sibling rivalry to kids stabbing parents with knives, ten-year-old kids who still poo their pants, and ten-year-old kids who still sleep in mum or dad’s bed – and most of all, kids who refuse to do as they’re told because ‘they’re their own boss’, and “you can’t tell me what to do!”
I’ve seen adopted kids, single-parent kids, grieving kids, gifted kids, traumatised kids, kids raised by grandparents, uncles and aunties, kids with ASD, ADHD, ODD, OCD, APD, SID – and some kids have probably been diagnosed at some stage with all of the above. I’ve worked in and with government agencies, and in the Family Court and Federal Magistrates Court as an Expert Witness. I’ve worked alongside other psychologists, psychiatrists, GPs, paediatricians, social workers, mental health nurses, OT’s and speech pathologists. I now work solely in private practice, and day in, day out, I see children and teenagers with behaviour problems.
I’m also a parent of two young adult children, who both still live at home, and we have a pretty good relationship. Both are well-adjusted, successful young adults, and I’m still married to their mother.
The hardest part of my job is having to deal with the terrible advice that parents are often given, by so-called parenting experts that should know better. The best part of my job is being able to show parents that it’s not their fault that their child is behaving so badly, it’s usually the terrible advice they have been given that’s made things worse. So as a parent, if you’re feeling like you’ve tried all the latest and greatest parenting strategies; you’ve googled and read the latest best-selling parenting books, and it’s still not working; and you are now feeling completely exhausted, deflated, frustrated, unsupported and undermined, and that you must surely be the worse parent on the planet, try not to worry – you’re not alone. And it’s probably not your fault. It’s all about getting the right advice that will fit with your family and your situation.
33 Hackney Rd, Hackney SA 5069
43c Beach Rd, Christies Beach SA 5165
Solutions to Child Behaviour Problems/ Disorders:
+ Comprehensive Effective Strategies
+ Sensible Practical Advice
+ Mild to Severe Behaviour
+ With or without a Diagnosed Condition