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Teens

Adolesence is one of the most exciting and emotionally challenging times in our lives. During the teenage years, young people experience not only physical and hormonal changes but also social, academic, relationship, family and identity pressures . Therefore, it is not suprising that many teens experience confusion, worry, fear, judgement and isolation during this time and are susceptible to developing poor mental health. 

 

At Mind Body Alive Wellness and Therapy, we aim to help adolescents make sense of themselves, their behaviours as well as their interactions with others and give them valuable skills to carry throughout their life so when faced with challenges in the future, they have a variety of tools they can draw upon. 

Astrid & her team at the Dunsborough Integrative Health Hub can assist teens with: 

  

 

  • Anxiety

  • Body image concerns 

  • Disordered eating behaviours

  • Bullying

  • Depression

  • Interpersonal conflict

  • Relationship issues

  • School refusal and disengagement

  • Self-harm and suicidal ideation

  • Self-esteem issues

  • Sexuality

  • Sleep issues

  • Social isolation

  • Stress 

  • Academic difficulties 

  • Difficulty adjusting to change 

  • Trauma

  • Confidence

  • Substance abuse

  • + more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT DOES A THERAPY SESSION GENERALLY INVOLVE

The first therapy session will involve speaking to both the adolescent and parent together to gather an understanding of the situation, clarify barriers to wellbeing, discuss expectations of sessions and establish achievable outcomes. 

 

Subsequent sessions will include the therapist and teen only. It is important that your teen feels safe and comfortable knowing what they say is private and confidential. We respect the rights of teens just as we do adults. We encourage parents to join in at the end of each session to review progress and discuss any issues together. 

 

Recommendations of ways in which you can support your teen will be given throughout this process and ongoing reviews will be conducted to ensure expectations are being met and progress is being made. 

SUPPORTING YOUR TEEN THROUGH THERAPY

Providing support to your teen throughout the therapy process is crucial. Although they may seem rude, angry, moody and anxious it is important that they know you are there for them. The most common reason teens do not want to attend counselling is due to concerns about privacy, particularly if they have issues and behaviors that they do not want to discuss with family members. Not knowing everything going on in your child's world can be difficult for some parents to deal with however, if your teen does not wish to share with you then being non-judgemental and understanding will go a long way. 

CONFIDENTIALITY

Your adolescent has a right to confidentiality, just as we as adults do. It is crucial that your teen knows that their relationship with their counsellor is completely confidential, and that anything they choose to disclose during sessions may only be shared with their consent.

 

The exceptions to this rule are as follows:

 

  • If there is any risk of self-harm, harm to others or suspected abuse of any kind, this will be brought to the attention of parents and/or authorities immediately. 

  • If your teen is  involved in a court case and client notes are subpoenaed by a court, or dissclosure of client notes is otherwise required or authorised by law. 

  • If prior consent has been obtained to correspond with a third party e.g. GP, parent, lawyer. 

 

THERAPEUTIC APPROACHES

Astrid & her team at the Dunsborough Health Hub, draw upon a number of different therapeutic approaches depending on the needs and situation of each individual. Therapies used include but are not limited to:

 

 

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Mindset coaching

  • Person-Centred Therapy (Counselling)

  • Hypnotherapy

  • Psychotherapy 

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