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Teen psychologist experience

Does anybody have this experience

You take your child to a psychologist via GP referral for all the typical 14-16 meltdown bad behavior related issues

Then psychologist says he can't talk to you about your child condition unless the child agrees?

What you do when the child in anger does not agree

Worst the child uses the psychologist comments like " oh you are 15 now and will have opinions... and tells you off!

The GP is supportive

So my question is what can we do as  parents




Re: Teen psychologist experience

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Hi @mmjmmj 


Welcome to the ReachOut Parents forum.


We can hear from your posts you are coping with a lot right now and are feeling stuck about what you can do to help your teen. Your confusion is understandable as it sounds like you have tried many avenues for support and you are not seeing the outcomes you have hoped for. That would be so frustrating for any parent and it is clear how much you love and want what is best for your child. Do you have any supportive people in your life you are able to talk to about what is going on?


It sounds like you have tried a lot already but if you are interested we have some great resources for parents on our website such as supporting and communicating with teenagers you may like to read over. Additionally, if you are interested we have a free coaching service for parents of teenagers who are 12-18 years old. This service helps you find and put into practice solutions relevant to your individual situation. You can find more information here and here.


Here is an article about teenage rights and responsibilities in regard to accessing healthcare, including confidentiality. From the age of 14 teenagers, do have the rights to make certain decisions regarding their health care, including mental health however there are limitations until the age of 16. If you would like further information specific to mental health care you could contact the Australian Psychological Society, who is the regulatory body for psychologists in Australia they should be able to explain your rights in detail or put you in touch with someone who can.


We would also like to remind you to take some time to care for yourself. It sounds like you are putting so much energy into your teenagers wellbeing, it is important to look after yourself as well. What kinds of things do you do to fill up your cup when you are going through stress?