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Psychologist services by the maternity clinic

  • Service
  • Helsinki
  • Public service

The purpose of work by a maternity clinic psychologist is to support parenthood and the child's development and to observe any potential problems with the child or the family at as early a stage as possible and to organise the necessary support, together with other operators.

Short support discussions are available for customers of the maternity clinic and mothers, who have just given birth, concerning parenthood and mild postpartum depression.

Referring a child to a psychologist is possible when the parents require guidance or advice concerning problems of understanding the developmental stages of the child, it is necessary to find out the child's developmental level or possible developmental problems, a statement from a psychologist is necessary for the child's rehabilitation plan or when a child's referral to a special treatment examination, either in a psychiatric or neurology unit for children, is considered.

The work methods of psychologists include customer meetings at the office, counselling by phone, psychological examinations for children, consultations with other professionals and co-operation with the customers. The psychologists work regionally at the health care stations. Psychology services are available in the eastern, northern and south-western service districts.

The services are free of charge for the customers.

To whom and on what terms

The psychology services of maternity clinics are intended for the customers of maternity and children's clinics, when the support from basic services (for example, maternity clinic) is not enough. The families are, mainly, sent to the psychologist through a referral, which is given by a doctor, public nurse at the clinic, speech or functional therapist or a district specialist nursery teacher. The customer can also request a service needs assessment and referral through the phone counselling of the customer's service area.

The service is only for citizens of Helsinki.

The service is free of charge.

Background information

A psychologist offers help for patients who are encountering problems. These problems may be related to life crises, interpersonal relationships, the family, work, unemployment or studies, life management, health, coping or other worries. Psychologist’s services are provided for children, young people and adults of all ages. These services are accessed through the health centre.

Talking to a psychologist helps the patient structure their problems and find strength to live on. Support may be provided over the short or long term. The services are free of charge and confidential. If necessary, the psychologist will refer the patient to further examination and a doctor’s care.

Basic information

The service is provided byCity of Helsinki
Responsible for the serviceSocial Services and Health Care Division, City of Helsinki
Area Helsinki
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: Social Services and Health Care Division, City of Helsinki
Updated: 19/5/2022