Separation anxiety is a normal developmental stage in childhood characterised by distress or anxiety when separated from primary caregivers. While mild separation anxiety is common and usually resolves with time, severe or persistent separation anxiety can interfere with daily activities and relationships. Therapy can help children and parents develop coping strategies, build resilience, and gradually reduce separation-related distress.

At Reach Life, families often come to us during a time of transition, when separation anxiety no longer aligns with the developmental stage and needs of the child. For example, in early primary school where children need to be able to separate daily to participate in school. Occupational Therapists and Psychologists at school may work with the child and caregivers to develop strategies around separation and build overall resilience.

Families can access therapy for separation anxiety disorder with our expert family therapists, pediatric occupational therapists and child psychologists by direct self-referral, GP or NDIS referral. We are in Joondalup and Osborne Park, Perth.

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