Child, Adolescent or Parenting Problems?

Are you experiencing parenting problems or concerns about a child, adolescent or young adult? Perhaps you are a helping professional, maybe a lawyer or a physician or a mental health professional, who is looking to assist a young person, and his worried parents.  Dr. O'Connor, a Toronto psychologist,  takes referrals from parents, professionals and organizations. Her services address the psychological challenges that our young people, and their families encounter, as the young person moves from his early childhood to young adult years.

Dr. O'Connor's clients include children, adolescents and their families, as well as young adults.  She also works with helping professionals, including lawyers (e.g., personal injury, family & immigration lawyers), physicians, mental health professionals and organizations. 

Are you Experiencing Parenting Problems?

  • Our young people face a range of psychological issues and concerns. These include learning and school difficulties. Other young  people show problems relating to peers or with other interpersonal/relationship issues. Various behavioral and emotional problems plague our young persons, as well. These include mood swings or impulse control problems, problems with emotional regulation, trauma, non-compliance and aggression.
  • Still other young persons seem sad, withdrawn, anxious and/or depressed. Others may exhibit signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of a traumatic incident, or more complex, chronic forms of trauma. Some young people suffer from attachment issues and concerns.

  • Others face neurological issues, such as learning disabilities,  concussions and acquired or traumatic brain injuries, or autism. Other young persons are suffering from neurodevelopmental risk factors such as prenatal exposure to alcohol or drugs, or prematurity and low birth weight?

  • Do you feel stressed out, pressed for time and/or unsure of where to turn to address concerns in a child or adolescent or young adult, and/or the parenting problems that worry you? You are not alone. In one recent study 70% of the respondents reported that their biggest worry is "whether they are raising their children properly."
  • Maybe you lack understanding of adolescent or child problems and wish you knew more. Are you unsure of whether the issues in a young person that worry you are just a normal stage of child development or a more serious concern? Do you wonder if professional support would help but are unsure of where to turn?

  • Do you want to intervene before the adolescent or child problems escalate and become more difficult to manage? Or are you spinning your wheels and hoping that the problems in the young person that worry you will disappear? Instead nothing changes and things are getting worse. And your parenting problems are only increasing?

  • Are you finding it hard to balance your responsibilities at home and at work because of worries about a child, adolescent or young adult, and the parenting problems that result? 
  • Do you feel overwhelmed by the parenting problems? Are you searching for help to address them?
  • Do you wonder if there really is a problem? Perhaps your parenting problems are just a normal part of raising a child or young person? Maybe in the end there is nothing to worry about? Perhaps it is just  a normal stage of development. 

Are You a Helping Professional?

  • Do you work with children, adolescents or young adults who suffer from acquired or traumatic brain injuries? Would neuropsychological testing or assistance with the return to school, and/or management of school and learning or work related  issues help?
  • What about a child, adolescent or young adult who has experienced an acute trauma, like a Motor Vehicle Accident?
  • Or what about a child who has or is experiencing chronic ongoing or complex trauma like abuse, or the witnessing of domestic abuse? Perhaps he is being bullied, or enduring some other form of  maltreatment or chronic and ongoing stress.
  • Or is the young person you are worried about showing symptoms of trauma and/or Post Traumatic  Stress Disorder?

  • Do you wonder where you can find more information about the adolescent and child problems that concern you, or that present in a young adult? Perhaps you are a family physician or pediatrician looking for a psychologist to assist the families and the children, adolescents and young adults you work with.

  • Are you or a lawyer searching for support to address the family/child or adolescent issues that intersect with your practice, or those that present in a young adult? 

  • Are you a mental health or counseling professional who works with children and their families? Are you looking for support to address the concerns that present in a young person who is showing psychological concerns a result of family and/or parental stress.
  • Do you work with parents who suffer from psychological concerns like addiction, depression and/or anxiety? Are your clients experiencing other concerns like relationship issues or issues around divorce and separation or domestic abuse? Are you looking for support to address the psychological distress the young person is showing  as a result?

If any of these concerns apply to you, either as a parent or helping professional, Dr. O'Connor's psychological services can help.

Dr. O'Connor's Clients Show the Following Characteristics

  • They are committed to promoting positive outcomes in young people. They want to intervene now and take preventative steps to help the young people they care about and work with before their problems escalate and become more difficult to address.

  • They believe in the young person and their potential. They are committed to helping children  adolescents and young adults achieve their potential in all areas of development, including the social, academic, behavior and emotional domains.

  •  They believe they can make a difference in the lives of their children, or the children, adolescents and young adults they work with.

  • They recognize the importance of applying effective interventions to address the young persons issues and concerns. They want to build on the young persons strengths and address  his or her  needs so that positive change can take place.

  • They believe in the value of applying psychological knowledge and expertise to the concerns that plague the young person. They see themselves as partners who are willing to increase understanding of these psychological problems and how to address them.
  • They believe in taking steps now to help prevent the intergenerational cycle of psychological  distress and upset from continuing unchecked to infect future generations of children. 

Now that you know more about the clients Dr. O’Connor works with, find out how she helps with parenting problems, and the various psychological problems that concern the helping professionals who work with them, and their families.

Below is a list, by type, of the individuals, professionals and organizations that Dr. O’Connor works with.

  • Children, Adolescents and Young Adults.  
  • Parents and Other Concerned Family Members
  • Legal Professionals (e,g., personal injury and family lawyers).
  • Physicians and Other Health Care Providers.
  • Mental Health Treatment Centres
  • Student Assistant Programs, Guidance and School Counselors
  • Addiction Treatment Centers
  • Children's Aid Society Workers
  • Family Service Organizations
  • Parent Resource Centers
  • School Boards, Teachers and Other School Based Professionals
  • Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers and Other Counselors
  • Employee Assistance Programs