Autism Counselling in Richmond-Tweed, NSW

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Brain Care Tweed Heads - Psychology & Neurotherapy
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Tweed Heads, NSW 2485
From Nerida Saunders, Director: As a senior psychologist and approved mentor for neurofeedback practitioners, I have worked with children, teenagers, adults and families in areas such as ADHD, Autism, Behaviour Issues, Anxiety, Depression, Learning Difficulties, Memory Loss, PTSD, and other conditions. One of my greatest frustrations in my early career was the limited resources available to actually help people with difficulties. That was until I discovered neuroscience and brain training. I have seen remarkable improvements in people presenting significantly disabling conditions.
From Nerida Saunders, Director: As a senior psychologist and approved mentor for neurofeedback practitioners, I have worked with children, teenagers, adults and families in areas such as ADHD, Autism, Behaviour Issues, Anxiety, Depression, Learning Difficulties, Memory Loss, PTSD, and other conditions. One of my greatest frustrations in my early career was the limited resources available to actually help people with difficulties. That was until I discovered neuroscience and brain training. I have seen remarkable improvements in people presenting significantly disabling conditions.
(02) 5602 4421 View (02) 5602 4421
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Catherine Fleming
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Lismore, NSW 2480
I work primarily with families with children up to the age 12, and have a particular interest in working with anxiety, trauma, autism and ADHD.
I enjoy working with young people and families who are goal focused and motivated to make real progress and change. I have a down-to-earth and child friendly manner, with lived experience in the challenges of modern everyday family life. While having a keen interest in supporting the needs of children and families, I also provide support for individuals across the lifespan across a broad range of areas including trauma therapy and EMDR.
I work primarily with families with children up to the age 12, and have a particular interest in working with anxiety, trauma, autism and ADHD.
I enjoy working with young people and families who are goal focused and motivated to make real progress and change. I have a down-to-earth and child friendly manner, with lived experience in the challenges of modern everyday family life. While having a keen interest in supporting the needs of children and families, I also provide support for individuals across the lifespan across a broad range of areas including trauma therapy and EMDR.
(02) 5604 6303 View (02) 5604 6303
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Kerri Henderson
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Tweed Heads, NSW 2485
Waitlist for new clients
I have a particular interest in working with children and adolescents, including assessing for Autism, Intellectual Disability, ADHD, Learning Disorders, and Gender Diversity support.
I work across the lifespan to support clients with a variety of presentations including Anxiety, Stress, Mood, Trauma, Grief and Loss, and Neurodiversity. I have knowledge and experience applying a number of evidence-based interventions including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. I also specialise in the assessment of neurodivergent cognitive profiles including Autism and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, along with psychometric testing for IQ and learning difficulties.
I have a particular interest in working with children and adolescents, including assessing for Autism, Intellectual Disability, ADHD, Learning Disorders, and Gender Diversity support.
I work across the lifespan to support clients with a variety of presentations including Anxiety, Stress, Mood, Trauma, Grief and Loss, and Neurodiversity. I have knowledge and experience applying a number of evidence-based interventions including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. I also specialise in the assessment of neurodivergent cognitive profiles including Autism and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, along with psychometric testing for IQ and learning difficulties.
(08) 6846 1735 View (08) 6846 1735
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Nikki Bray
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Tweed Heads, NSW 2485
I offer neuroaffirming Autism assessments for adults.
Clinical Psychologist and Owner at BrayPsych Clinical Psychology on the Gold Coast. I have availability for new adult clients for therapy via telehealth or in person. I also offer neuroaffirming Autism assessments for adults. I I like to describe myself as an enthusiastic and compassionate therapist. My values are empowerment, self-advocacy and authenticity. I provide support for adults experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, panic, phobias, OCD, chronic pain, emotion dysregulation difficulties, grief, low self-esteem, perfectionism, adjustment to life changes, autistic burnout, and supporting neurodivergent adults.
I offer neuroaffirming Autism assessments for adults.
Clinical Psychologist and Owner at BrayPsych Clinical Psychology on the Gold Coast. I have availability for new adult clients for therapy via telehealth or in person. I also offer neuroaffirming Autism assessments for adults. I I like to describe myself as an enthusiastic and compassionate therapist. My values are empowerment, self-advocacy and authenticity. I provide support for adults experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, panic, phobias, OCD, chronic pain, emotion dysregulation difficulties, grief, low self-esteem, perfectionism, adjustment to life changes, autistic burnout, and supporting neurodivergent adults.
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Annie Monks
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AASW
Verified Verified
Lismore, NSW 2480
I specialise in ADHD, autism, general mental health, creating functional family dynamics, building healthy relationships, having a fulfilling sex life and ways to comfortably express your sexuality.
Is your mental health holding you back from living a carefree and confident life? Are you going around in circles trying to cope with your anxiety, stress, depression, body image concerns and relationship struggles? As a qualified Mental Health Social Worker, I can offer you the psychological strategies and support you need to get out of these patterns and begin living the life you have always wanted! Funding options available: NDIS, Mental Health Care Plan. Victims of Crime. Specialising in ADHD and autism.
I specialise in ADHD, autism, general mental health, creating functional family dynamics, building healthy relationships, having a fulfilling sex life and ways to comfortably express your sexuality.
Is your mental health holding you back from living a carefree and confident life? Are you going around in circles trying to cope with your anxiety, stress, depression, body image concerns and relationship struggles? As a qualified Mental Health Social Worker, I can offer you the psychological strategies and support you need to get out of these patterns and begin living the life you have always wanted! Funding options available: NDIS, Mental Health Care Plan. Victims of Crime. Specialising in ADHD and autism.
(02) 5604 0426 View (02) 5604 0426
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Anine Cummins (they/them) - Ginger Cat Counselling
Counsellor, ACA-L1
Verified Verified
Tweed Heads, NSW 2485  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Please note: I am a counsellor, and cannot accept mental health care plans. I provide online counselling for adults and teenagers. Everyone is welcome! I work with LGBTIQ+ clients, including trans and non-binary people, people with traumatic histories, including sexual assault and abuse, people with dissociative disorders, including DID, people with ADHD and autism, and other neurodiverse brains, activists and other people struggling with burn out.
Please note: I am a counsellor, and cannot accept mental health care plans. I provide online counselling for adults and teenagers. Everyone is welcome! I work with LGBTIQ+ clients, including trans and non-binary people, people with traumatic histories, including sexual assault and abuse, people with dissociative disorders, including DID, people with ADHD and autism, and other neurodiverse brains, activists and other people struggling with burn out.
(03) 8338 1789 View (03) 8338 1789
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Frank Nicolson
Verified Verified
Tweed Heads, NSW 2485  (Online Only)
I'm here to support parents of young children who are struggling to manage their child's behaviour. I can also help with sleep, eating, and participating in their communities. I specialise in helping families of children with an autism diagnosis as well as kids with developmental delays or other developmental conditions.
I'm here to support parents of young children who are struggling to manage their child's behaviour. I can also help with sleep, eating, and participating in their communities. I specialise in helping families of children with an autism diagnosis as well as kids with developmental delays or other developmental conditions.
(02) 9100 0267 View (02) 9100 0267
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Jess Hodges
Psychotherapist, MA, PACFA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Murwillumbah, NSW 2484  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Do you feel overwhelmed, exhausted or struggling with motivation? Do you have sensitivities that leave you feeling judged by others, or misunderstood? Do you experience stuck patterns of behaviour that effect your ability to feel satisfaction in life and in relationships? Do you feel pressure to conform to societal norms and expectations, which leaves you feeling "othered" and isolated? I see you! You are not alone and you don't have to work this out by yourself. Together we can explore your lived experience and the many ways it impacts your sense of self, worthiness and belonging.
Do you feel overwhelmed, exhausted or struggling with motivation? Do you have sensitivities that leave you feeling judged by others, or misunderstood? Do you experience stuck patterns of behaviour that effect your ability to feel satisfaction in life and in relationships? Do you feel pressure to conform to societal norms and expectations, which leaves you feeling "othered" and isolated? I see you! You are not alone and you don't have to work this out by yourself. Together we can explore your lived experience and the many ways it impacts your sense of self, worthiness and belonging.
0408 486 282 View 0408 486 282
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Dr Renee Cachia
Psychologist, PhD, MAPS
Verified Verified
Pottsville, NSW 2489
Dr Renee is an experienced psychologist, board-approved supervisor, and the founder of Inner Child, Adolescent and Family Psychology Practice. She brings compassion and a wealth of expertise to her work having completed 4 degrees, including Masters & PhD at Monash University and has been cited in over 500 published peer-reviewed journal articles. Dr Renee is a mother and takes a relatable, non-judgemental approaching to working with children, adolescents and parents with clinical experience across a broad range of clinical presentations: anxiety, depression, neurodiversity (ASD, ADHD etc.), stress, trauma and more.
Dr Renee is an experienced psychologist, board-approved supervisor, and the founder of Inner Child, Adolescent and Family Psychology Practice. She brings compassion and a wealth of expertise to her work having completed 4 degrees, including Masters & PhD at Monash University and has been cited in over 500 published peer-reviewed journal articles. Dr Renee is a mother and takes a relatable, non-judgemental approaching to working with children, adolescents and parents with clinical experience across a broad range of clinical presentations: anxiety, depression, neurodiversity (ASD, ADHD etc.), stress, trauma and more.
(02) 6188 7018 View (02) 6188 7018
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Monica Munro
Counsellor, ACA-L1
Verified Verified
Murwillumbah, NSW 2484
I am a Counsellor, Parent Educator and School Consultant in Murwillumbah, I work in the Northern Rivers and Southern Gold Coast region. I specialise in supporting families, teachers and professionals who are caring for children who are neuro-diverse, have behaviour challenges and/or who are gender diverse. I have been supporting families for over ten years now and I'm passionate about supporting the whole family/support network ensuring you don't feel alone and to know your story matters, that you matter. If you are feeling overwhelmed, helpless and alone, reach out for a free 15 minute consult to see if we are a good fit.
I am a Counsellor, Parent Educator and School Consultant in Murwillumbah, I work in the Northern Rivers and Southern Gold Coast region. I specialise in supporting families, teachers and professionals who are caring for children who are neuro-diverse, have behaviour challenges and/or who are gender diverse. I have been supporting families for over ten years now and I'm passionate about supporting the whole family/support network ensuring you don't feel alone and to know your story matters, that you matter. If you are feeling overwhelmed, helpless and alone, reach out for a free 15 minute consult to see if we are a good fit.
(02) 5604 6560 View (02) 5604 6560
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The Wellbeing Place Integrative Sand Therapy
Psychotherapist
Verified Verified
North Casino, NSW 2470
Sandtray therapy is for all individuals aged 3 through to adulthood. It is for clients who have experienced/are experiencing trauma, loss, anxiety, depression, behavioural and emotional difficulties, neurodivergent individuals and/or speech/communication issues. Sandtray therapy is a whole brain expressive form of psychotherapy/counselling, led by the individual. Clients learn to explore and process their internal feelings, emotions trauma and grief when they build ‘sand worlds’ (placing and arranging objects, symbols and miniatures in a tray of sand).
Sandtray therapy is for all individuals aged 3 through to adulthood. It is for clients who have experienced/are experiencing trauma, loss, anxiety, depression, behavioural and emotional difficulties, neurodivergent individuals and/or speech/communication issues. Sandtray therapy is a whole brain expressive form of psychotherapy/counselling, led by the individual. Clients learn to explore and process their internal feelings, emotions trauma and grief when they build ‘sand worlds’ (placing and arranging objects, symbols and miniatures in a tray of sand).
(02) 5604 4260 View (02) 5604 4260
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Bronte Purcell
Psychotherapist, MA, PACFA
Verified Verified
Byron Bay, NSW 2481  (Online Only)
As a qualified somatic psychotherapist & counsellor, I support people experiencing anxiety, burn out, shut down, low self worth, body disconnection & relationship challenges. I help you develop a safe, loving relationship with your body & mind so that you can transform your relationship to yourself, and embrace the wholeness of this human experience. The approach I take is person-centred, trauma-informed and built on a foundation of openness, acceptance, curiosity & compassion. I focus on providing you with the tools that you need to thrive and getting to the root cause of the challenges you are experiencing.
As a qualified somatic psychotherapist & counsellor, I support people experiencing anxiety, burn out, shut down, low self worth, body disconnection & relationship challenges. I help you develop a safe, loving relationship with your body & mind so that you can transform your relationship to yourself, and embrace the wholeness of this human experience. The approach I take is person-centred, trauma-informed and built on a foundation of openness, acceptance, curiosity & compassion. I focus on providing you with the tools that you need to thrive and getting to the root cause of the challenges you are experiencing.
(02) 5943 7272 View (02) 5943 7272
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Karin McLennan
Psychotherapist, PACFA
Verified Verified
Byron Bay, NSW 2481
Conflicts, challenging life circumstances and all difficult things literally shake up our world and invite us to interact with life in new ways. These transitions often uproot us, sometimes in ways we aren’t prepared for or don’t want to deal with. Yet these roadblocks can lead you to yourself, and even though this can be painful and difficult to navigate, once you move through them, you’ll appreciate they facilitated your growth as a person. To heal from major life challenges, we need to change our thoughts and belief systems to allow for new ways of responding and experiencing life. For nothing really changes, until you do.
Conflicts, challenging life circumstances and all difficult things literally shake up our world and invite us to interact with life in new ways. These transitions often uproot us, sometimes in ways we aren’t prepared for or don’t want to deal with. Yet these roadblocks can lead you to yourself, and even though this can be painful and difficult to navigate, once you move through them, you’ll appreciate they facilitated your growth as a person. To heal from major life challenges, we need to change our thoughts and belief systems to allow for new ways of responding and experiencing life. For nothing really changes, until you do.
(03) 4422 4239 View (03) 4422 4239
Mia Scott-Wales
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Lismore, NSW 2480
I am currently seeing clients of all ages for short-term interventions, on Mondays and Tuesdays only. I welcome all clients, especially LGBTIQA+, neurodiverse and First Australian clients. I have experience helping people with range of symptoms; anxiety, PTSD, depression, grief and loss, attachment trauma, early trauma, and more. I utilise a range of evidence-based psychological interventions, such as mindfulness, motivational interviewing, ACT, EMDR; children and adults, EMDR Storytelling, CBT, DBT for adolescents, and positive parenting strategies. Note, I am not qualified to work with anger management or family law issues.
I am currently seeing clients of all ages for short-term interventions, on Mondays and Tuesdays only. I welcome all clients, especially LGBTIQA+, neurodiverse and First Australian clients. I have experience helping people with range of symptoms; anxiety, PTSD, depression, grief and loss, attachment trauma, early trauma, and more. I utilise a range of evidence-based psychological interventions, such as mindfulness, motivational interviewing, ACT, EMDR; children and adults, EMDR Storytelling, CBT, DBT for adolescents, and positive parenting strategies. Note, I am not qualified to work with anger management or family law issues.
(02) 5603 8413 View (02) 5603 8413
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Trenton Ellwood
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Tweed Heads, NSW 2485
I value individuality, respecting diversity, distinct experiences, belief systems, and unique social, environmental, and cultural influences. Through building a therapeutic connection, I attempt to comprehend one’s motivations and catalysts for purposeful change and personal transformation.
I value individuality, respecting diversity, distinct experiences, belief systems, and unique social, environmental, and cultural influences. Through building a therapeutic connection, I attempt to comprehend one’s motivations and catalysts for purposeful change and personal transformation.
(02) 5657 4716 View (02) 5657 4716
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Carli Saber
Verified Verified
Are you a mama supporting children and feeling the overwhelm, doubt and anxiety in the everyday, unsure how to support all your children? Imagine shifting into a calm, balanced parenting where you feel not only in tune with your children but yourself. I help you to understand the needs of your children based on age and stage, giving you individualised practical skills to instantly use with your children, and yourself. In my sessions, I support mums to clear projections, overwhelm and guilt so you can feel more certain, balanced and in a Happy Flowing family state.
Are you a mama supporting children and feeling the overwhelm, doubt and anxiety in the everyday, unsure how to support all your children? Imagine shifting into a calm, balanced parenting where you feel not only in tune with your children but yourself. I help you to understand the needs of your children based on age and stage, giving you individualised practical skills to instantly use with your children, and yourself. In my sessions, I support mums to clear projections, overwhelm and guilt so you can feel more certain, balanced and in a Happy Flowing family state.
(02) 5657 6519 View (02) 5657 6519
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Lennox Psychology
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Lennox Head, NSW 2478
Hi, I'm Jordan. I enjoy working with all people. I have experience in drug and alcohol wellness programs, but also have worked last 3 years with ADHD and ASD among other neuro-diverse people on the NDIS. Working with this cohort including psycho-social and their families is a real pleasure. I have a personal interest in Men's Health and relationships.
Hi, I'm Jordan. I enjoy working with all people. I have experience in drug and alcohol wellness programs, but also have worked last 3 years with ADHD and ASD among other neuro-diverse people on the NDIS. Working with this cohort including psycho-social and their families is a real pleasure. I have a personal interest in Men's Health and relationships.
(02) 5610 9017 View (02) 5610 9017
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Ben McGregor Coaching
MSc
Verified Verified
Pottsville, NSW 2489
With a proven record of success in education for over twenty years, Ben demonstrates exemplary professionalism, outstanding interpersonal skills and a passion for helping people perform at their peak. A certified Master of Coaching Psychology from The University of Sydney and a double degree in Education ensures Ben is well researched and informed when it comes to coaching people to be better.
With a proven record of success in education for over twenty years, Ben demonstrates exemplary professionalism, outstanding interpersonal skills and a passion for helping people perform at their peak. A certified Master of Coaching Psychology from The University of Sydney and a double degree in Education ensures Ben is well researched and informed when it comes to coaching people to be better.
(02) 5657 4179 View (02) 5657 4179
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MJ Art Therapy, Byron Bay, NSW
Counsellor, AThR
Verified Verified
Ballina, NSW 2478
I have a Masters Degree in Mental Health - specialising in Art Therapy. I am a registered Art Therapist and registered Counsellor. I am a registered Victims of Crime counsellor, so people who are eligible can get 22 free sessions with me. NDIS and private health funds also provide reimbursement for your sessions with me. I have done extra training in Art Therapy interventions used to address trauma, PTSD, anxiety and depression. I have worked with people of all ages, all diagnoses. I like to help people who have experienced trauma using sensorimotor art therapy. You can read more about this on my website www.mjarttherapy.com.au
I have a Masters Degree in Mental Health - specialising in Art Therapy. I am a registered Art Therapist and registered Counsellor. I am a registered Victims of Crime counsellor, so people who are eligible can get 22 free sessions with me. NDIS and private health funds also provide reimbursement for your sessions with me. I have done extra training in Art Therapy interventions used to address trauma, PTSD, anxiety and depression. I have worked with people of all ages, all diagnoses. I like to help people who have experienced trauma using sensorimotor art therapy. You can read more about this on my website www.mjarttherapy.com.au
(02) 5604 2513 View (02) 5604 2513
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Kathleen Mckinnon
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Casuarina, NSW 2487  (Online Only)
Kathleen is an Australian registered psychologist and clinical psychology registrar. Kathleen has a range of experience working with clients across the lifespan and in different settings including inpatient mental health, acute outpatient mental health, education and private practice. Kathleen is passionate about working collaboratively with clients in an empathic and confidential space that fosters trust, curiosity, and personal growth. She has extensive experience supporting clients with anxiety and mood disorders, trauma, adjustment issues, grief and loss and parenting.
Kathleen is an Australian registered psychologist and clinical psychology registrar. Kathleen has a range of experience working with clients across the lifespan and in different settings including inpatient mental health, acute outpatient mental health, education and private practice. Kathleen is passionate about working collaboratively with clients in an empathic and confidential space that fosters trust, curiosity, and personal growth. She has extensive experience supporting clients with anxiety and mood disorders, trauma, adjustment issues, grief and loss and parenting.
1800 327 477 x1 View 1800 327 477 x1

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Autism Counsellors

What is the most effective treatment for autism?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has come to be considered the standard treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder, and research has confirmed its effectiveness for many children. Therapists trained in ABA techniques work with children (and their parents) on developing social skills, communication and learning abilities, and everyday habits of hygiene and grooming. The clinician will tailor their program to the child’s particular need but the overarching goal will be to help them advance as far as possible toward independence based on their level of symptoms and decrease the need for additional special services. Families should seek a mental health professional specifically trained in ABA, and holding special certification in the technique, who has extensive experience not only with the approach but in using it with children with the same level of symptoms as the child who needs care.

How does ABA work?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) sessions, which typically focus on positive reinforcement, can be intensive, lasting two or more hours several times a week, and continuing for two years or more. Therapists can also be expected to ask parents to take an active role in reinforcing lessons. Research has found that the technique can lead to major improvements that decrease the need for additional special services.

How does treatment for autism work?

Therapy sessions based on Applied Behavior Analysis will likely be frequent, intensive, and highly structured. After a thorough assessment, a therapist will help a child understand and develop skills in a range of areas, including communication, motor skills, social skills, self-care, play, and academic skills, as well as routines of daily living like hygiene. Typically, the therapist will help a child break down the components of a behavior—often referred to as the antecedent (what prompts an action), the behavior, and the consequence(what immediately follows)—and then reward the child at every step, while also asking parents to reinforce the lessons, and the rewards, throughout the day. This core therapy may be supplemented by occupational or speech therapy, and antidepressants, antipsychotics, and anticonvulsants may be prescribed to address specific severe symptoms.

How long does therapy for autism take?

Some people with autism spectrum disorder may be engaged in some level of therapy for many years, but research shows that treatment will be most effective if it is begun early and delivered intensively. When therapy begins by age 3, children tend to be better able to grasp and adopt the skills needed to manage everyday life, including attending school and establishing social relationships. This type of early-intervention treatment regimen is highly structured, typically involving 20 to 40 hours of one-on-one therapy per week, along with additional hours of engagement managed by parents, for a period of two years or more, although the duration of treatment is dependent on the child’s level of symptoms and pace of progress.