Category Archives: Family and child Psychology

Renee Eyre – Psychologist

Renee Eyre – Psychologist

Renee is a psychologist who has supported hundreds of children during her 30 year career.

Her experience as a teacher and school counsellor in schools uniquely positions her to provide advice and guidance to families about children’s learning and behaviour.

Renee takes a holistic, strengths-based approach to therapy as she works with children and their families to overcome their challenges and achieve their goals.

She offers support to children who find it hard to talk about problems such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, family dysfunction and low self-esteem.

Renee also works closely with children and families to provide effective strategies for dealing with issues such as bullying and playground conflict.

In addition to individual and family counselling that supports children and teens, Renee supports families with behaviour management and provides guidance during periods of grief and loss, separation and stress.

Renee has extensive experience with children who have additional needs and helps families to develop positive working relationships with teachers in schools and preschools.

She has been trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) including running the Get Lost Mr Scary anxiety program, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Trauma Informed Practice, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ( ACT).

Renee also conducts formal Psychometric and Educational Assessments that can confirm if a child is Gifted, identify children’s Specific Learning Difficulties or determine a child’s learning and academic potential (IQ). She conducts diagnostic assessments for children and adolescents including cognitive, behavioural and mental health assessments and screening.

Renee combines her work in NSW Department of Education schools with her role in Kids First’s private practice team. Her services are eligible for health fund rebates and she also provides support under Medicare’s Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative and the NDIS.

Renee works at Kids First on Saturday.

Learn more about psychology and counselling at Kids First Children's Services
Cheryl King – Child & Family Clinician

Cheryl King – Child & Family Clinician

Cheryl is an experienced case manager, family clinician and relationship educator.  As a provisional psychologist in the final months of a two-year psychology internship, she will complete her 6 year degree in early 2021. During her long career, Cheryl has supported children, adolescents and families with a variety of needs. She started her professional life… Continue Reading

End of the year survival guide for time-poor parents

After a BIG year, the run up to December holidays can be exhausting for children, families and hard-working teachers. When everyone is tired, the last weeks of preschool and school can be tricky. With routines out of kilter, exciting extra outings and a seemingly urgent need to catch up with everyone you know before 25… Continue Reading

The Australian bushfire crisis: How your kids can help

Australia’s bushfires have brought unprecedented loss, fear and sadness to our nation and as ‘city slickers’ it’s hard not to feel guilty as our country cousins struggle with drought, fire and untold tragedy. All is not lost, however, because the spirit of Aussie mateship is alive and well – and it is something we can… Continue Reading

Sibling Rivalry: Psychologist shares school holiday survival tips

A psychologists who works with children in Sydney’s northern beaches says that while it is normal for children to occasionally become bored with one another, time spent with siblings is an important part of building family relationships and teaching kids to co-operate, respect and compromise with others. Brothers and sisters can be great friends and… Continue Reading

Health funds: Use it or lose it

If you have extras health insurance, getting value out of your membership is probably a high priority for you and your family. Many families invest in ‘extras’ cover to protect themselves against the costs of health services that can unexpectedly blow the family budget. However, it’s important to know that most health insurance funds reset… Continue Reading

Parent resources: How Manage Mean Kids and Playground Politics

It can be difficult to help your child to develop the social skills and resilience they need to cope with playground politics. As an adult, understanding how these skills develop in children may be helpful start as you parent your child. Equally, resources that you can use with your child to build their understanding of… Continue Reading

Free parent event: How to manage mean kids and playground politics 

Is making and keeping friends a minefield for your child? Does your child struggle because of: Conflict with other kids? ‘Best friend’ issues? Social isolation? Difficulties with joining a game or fitting in? Exclusion from groups? Don’t miss this valuable free presentation by experienced Psychologist Louella Covich. At this important parent seminar, Louella will explain… Continue Reading

How to beat bullying: 10 clever comeback lines for kids

Managing mean kids in the playground can be easier when your child knows what to say. Teacher and Kids First Children’s Services founder, Sonja Walker, shares 10 easy responses to teach your child to make handling the politics of the playground easier. When a child is being bullied, it’s easy for adults to tell them to… Continue Reading

Parent & teacher resources: Online tools to measure your risk of burnout

Being a parent in today’s world can be tough, and while we are often very focussed on raising our children’s resilience, we also need to ensure that we have adequate resources in our own emotional reserves to meet the challenges of family life. These tools, recommended by members of the Kids First Children’s Services team,… Continue Reading