Psychologist / Counselling for Adolescents (12-19yrs)

Mental health difficulties I can assist with:

  • Anxiety Disorders: Generalised Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Agoraphobia, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Alcohol and other drugs: marijuana, alcohol and other drugs.
  • Mood Disorders: Depression, Bi-Polar Disorder, self harm and suicidal thinking.
  • Developmental Disorders: ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders.
  • School, Uni and TAFE: bullying, study/exam skills, planning for the future (work/study choices)
  • Family conflict: support for parents and their children
  • Complex trauma: Support for young people who have experienced abuse.
  • Anger Management
  • Grief and Loss
  • Sleeping Problems
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Unexplained somatic complaints
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For more information on these mental health and psychological issues check out: http://au.reachout.com/find/issues/mental-health-difficulties

If you are experiencing a lot of distress right now please contact one of the following:

Websites about adolescent mental health for young people, parents and carers:

General Counselling & Assistance

BiteBack

A new and evolving youth website which aims to improve the wellbeing and mental fitness of young people, based on the principles of positive psychology – the science of optimal functioning. A place where 12-18 year olds can anonymously share real personal stories with other young people like themselves, see videos, blogs and interviews of interesting people, get relevant information, check their mental fitness, get immediate feedback and track their progress over time, and enter fun competitions from time to time. www.biteback.org.au

e-couch

e-couch provides evidence-based information about emotional problems (including depression and anxiety disorders) and teaches strategies that may help you to prevent problems and understand yourself better. www.ecouch.anu.edu.au

Generation Next Blog

Good portal for parents to look at issues impacting on them and parenting teenagers. Topic areas include bullying, cybersafety, mental health, sex and violence in the media, drugs and alcohol, body image and eating disorders. www.generationnext.com.au/blog/

Headspace

Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation. Information and support. www.headspace.org.au

Head to Health

Australia has great mental health services and resources, but it can be tough finding the ones that suit you best. We’ve made your search easier by hand-picking resources from publicly funded providers. https://headtohealth.gov.au/

Itsallright

A site for young people who have a friend or family member affected by mental illness. Itsallright is a website where you can read the diaries of four fictional teenagers touched by mental illness. It also has useful fact sheets and provides an online information and referral service for mental illness including schizophrenia, depression and anxiety disorders. www.itsallright.org

Kids Help Line

A free, confidential and anonymous 24-hr telephone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 – 18. www.kidshelpline.com.au

Kids Health

If you’re looking for information you can trust about kids and teens that’s free of “doctor speak,” you’ve come to the right place. KidsHealth is the most-visited site on the Web for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years. www.kidshealth.org

ReachOut.com

A service that helps young people get through tough times. It provides information and support on a range of issues including depression and anxiety. www.reachout.com.au

Reachout NextStep

NextStep is a free, completely anonymous tool that recommends relevant support options that can look anything like articles, apps, forums and online, face-to-face or phone counselling. http://au.reachout.com/reachout-nextstep#nextstep

Reality Check

Site helps young people make better choices about mental health. www.realitycheck.net.au

Sane Australia

SANE conducts innovative programs and campaigns to improve the lives of people living with mental illness, their family and friends. It also operates a busy Helpline and website, which have thousands of contacts each year from around Australia. http://www.sane.org/information

Tune In Not Out

Tune In Not Out provides 24hr TV for life’s challenges from mental to sexual health. Tune In Not Out brings videos, factsheets, real stories and blogs from across Australia into one central point for young people to explore. www.tuneinnotout.com/

ANGER

 Angries Out

Anger Management Tips and Techniques to Decrease Anger. http://www.angriesout.com/index.htm#kids

ANXIETY

OCD?Not Me!

An eight stage program developed by researchers at Curtin University. This program also provides support for families. https://www.ocdnotme.com.au/

OCD Youth

OCD Youth is run by young people with OCD, for young people with OCD. They organise trips and outings, run online meet-ups, take part in campaigning activities, manage a youth website and social media channels, write articles and awareness resources, produce videos and media, and much more. http://ocdyouth.org/about/

AUTISM

Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)

Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) builds confidence and capacity with people who have an autism spectrum disorder, their families and  communities by providing information, education and other services. www.autismspectrum.org.au

Autism Games

This site is for parents and teachers of children with moderate to severe autism. The information on this site describes the objectives of the games. The games are a free resource that aim to help autistic children to develop independent living skills. http://www.autismgames.com.au/

Aspergernaughts

Hi there, welcome to Aspergernauts. My website aims to provide a friendly place to explain in as simple form as possible, all about Asperger’s Syndrome. The information is intended to help professionals, parents and people with Aspergers understand what it’s all about. www.aspergernauts.co.uk/

Carly’s Cafe

 http://www.carlyscafe.com/index_nf.html

Autism Explained

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The Aspie World

Hi guys, I’m Dan I have Aspergers Syndrome (ASD) which is a form of Autism some times referred to as High Functioning Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder. I live in the UK and I vlogs about my daily life as well as the occasional informative video on things I think may help people. www.youtube.com/user/AspieWorld1

Launchpad

This website has been created as a resource for young people with autism or Asperger’s, and their families. You are about to take some very big steps, finishing school and starting your adult life is an exciting time full of possibilities and opportunities. In developing this website we have included information that will assist young people and their families whatever their abilities. http://www.autismlaunchpad.org.au/

Tony Attwood

This website is a guide for parents, professionals and people with Asperger’s Syndrome and their partners. In this site you will find issues related to Asperger’s Syndrome, resources, resource papers Tony has authored, related topics and Tonys presentation schedule. www.tonyattwood.com.au/index.php

Wrong Planet

Wrong Planet is the web community designed for individuals (and parents / professionals of those) with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, PDDs, and other neurological differences. We provide a discussion forum, where members communicate with each other, an article section, with exclusive articles and how-to guides, a blogging feature, and more. wrongplanet.net/

ATTENTION DEFICIT

Information on ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

Here are three sites that provide a lot of good information  for parents, children, teenagers, university students, and adults about ADHD. Information about diagnosis, treatment, online articles, book reviews and resource lists. www.addvance.com/ www.chadd.org/ www.idonline.org/

myADHD

MyADHD offers subscribers a collection of online tools developed to evaluate, monitor and treat children and adults who have symptoms of ADHD and related disorders. myadhd.com/

BODY IMAGE & EATING DISORDERS

Completely Gorgeous

Completely Gorgeous is an Australian website which presents issues relating to body and body image in a simple and fun way. www.completelygorgeous.com.au

Eating Disorders Association

The Eating Disorders Association Inc (Qld) is a non-profit organisation funded by Queensland Health, to provide information, support, referrals and support group services for all people affected by eating disorders in the state of Queensland, Australia. eda.org.au/

Eating Disorders Victoria

Eating Disorders Victoria (EDV) is unique in Victoria in providing a comprehensive support and information service on all aspects of eating disorders. Website has good fact sheets and youth portal called “real youth”. www.eatingdisorders.org.au

The Butterfly Foundation

The Butterfly Foundation provides support for Australians who suffer from eating disorders and negative body image issues and their carers. www.thebutterflyfoundation.org.au

Centre for Eating and Dieting Disorders

Provides good information abou the warning signs for eating disorders. www.cedd.org.au

Smart Eating

“Smart Eating” is an internet-based self-help programme developed in the Asia-Pacific region to help people improve their eating behaviours and overcome eating disorders. Use of self-help approaches for the treatment of eating disorders has produced promising outcomes. http://www.smart-eating.com/en/Introduction/Welcome.asp

BOOKS

Human Condition Bookstore

The best selection of psychotherapy and counselling resources in Australia including books, DVDs and CDs. Thousands of titles online and instore.

CHRONIC ILLNESS

Livewire.org.au

Livewire.org.au is an online community designed just for young people living with a serious illness, chronic health condition or disability, and their families. It is a safe online space where members can connect and share experiences with others who understand what they are going through. https://www.livewire.org.au/

DEPRESSION

MoodGYM Training Program

Online cognitive behaviour program for preventing depression. Really good! www.moodgym.anu.edu.au

The Low Down

Youth depression website. Made for Kiwi’s this site is still worth a look because its so good. Good site for us Australian’s too. Get all the facts about depression and hear other people’s personal stories. www.thelowdown.co.nz/#/home/

Youth Beyond Blue

Extremely good website for young people regarding mental health. Definitely worth a look. Ybblue’s all about getting the message out there that it’s okay to talk about depression, and to encourage young people and their family and friends to get help when it’s needed. www.youthbeyondblue.com

DRUGS AND ALCOHOL

National Drugs Campaign

Without realising it, drugs can become central to a person’s life and can affect their personal relationships, ability to study and work, mental health and quality of life. All too easily you can have one of those days when life just feels too hard. At some point most of us do. If you feel like you are losing it or you’re stressed out, it’s really helpful to seek help and support. drugs.health.gov.au

 DrugInfo

A service offered  by the Australian Drug Foundation that offers information about alcohol and other drugs and the prevention of related harms. www.druginfo.adf.org.au

National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre

A website providing cannabis information to the community, users, their families. Really good information to assist in reducing usage. http://ncpic.org.au/youngpeople/

 What are you doing to Yourself

A site for young people concerned about alcohol consumption. www.whatareyoudoingtoyourself.com

Party Right

Have you heard of young people going out for a night out and things have gotten out of hand? Have they woken up the next morning and had regrets about what has happened the night before? Use these materials to learn how to have fun, celebrate safely, and stay on the right side of the law. Explore websites, complete activities, discuss scenarios and take quizzes in the lessons. Watch videos about the issues related to alcohol in the community. Play games that will inform you about alcohol, drugs and gambling, and learn to Party Right.: www.partyright.nsw.edu.au/

YoDAA tool

Working it Out with YoDAA Tool helps you work out where you’re at with your drug and alcohol use. You will get feedback along the way and personalised outcomes at the end. http://yodaa.org.au/

EDUCATION

Byron Bay High School Careers

Our aim is to provide you with all the latest information that will help you make decisions about your future career and your life beyond school. http://www.bbhscareers.com.au/

You can use this site to locate University, TAFE and any other type of course across Australia, get information about the HSC, search for job vacancies and much more. Feel free to drop into the Careers Office if you have any questions.

Year 12 What Next?

Plan your post-school education and training, Learn about future work opportunities, Find out where to get help and information.  http://www.leavingschool.com.au/year-12-what-next/

Yourtutor

Students connect to expert Australian tutors for a conversation, the moment they need help. Expert Australian tutors, online, on-demand. yourtutor.com.au 

Study Assist

This website provides information to students about  Australian Government assistance for financing tertiary study studyassist.gov.au/sites/StudyAssist/.

My Future

Wondering what to do in the future?myfuture is Australia’s career information & exploration service. You will find current career information, articles and links to thousands of resources to assist you on your career journey. www.myfuture.edu.au

 Job Guide

The Job Guide provides an in-depth look at a range of occupations, and their education and training pathways. It also gives useful information about how to work out what occupations suit you best, based on your interests and abilities.You can narrow the list of around 1500 occupations, specialisations and alternative job names by using Job Search. The Job Guide also shows useful contact addresses under each entry so that you can find out more detailed information about the occupation. www.jobguide.deewr.gov.au

FAMILY STRUGGLES

Bursting the Bubble

“I used to think my family was so different from everyone else’s. All my friends families are so nice. Being around my family just stresses me out. Sometimes I just dont want to go home”. Have you ever felt like this? If so, you’re not alone. You can burst the bubble. This website helps you to work out what’s okay in a family and what’s not. It tells you what you can do if someone in your family is hurting or abusing you or another member of your family. burstingthebubble.com

COPMI

Information designed to foster better mental health outcomes for children and young people of parents with a mental illness, reduce stigma associated with parental mental illness and help friends, family and workers in a range of settings identify and respond to the needs of the children and their families where parental mental illness. www.copmi.net.au/about-us.html

Young Carers

Do you help care for someone in your family with a long term illness, disability, mental illness, drug or alcohol problem? Are you 25 years or under & live in NSW, Australia? There are other young carers just like you – reach out! http://www.youngcarers.net.au/  www.youngcarersnsw.asn.au

MEDICATION

HeadMeds

HeadMeds is a website for young people about mental health medication, launched in March 2014 and is owned and managed by the national charity YoungMinds. http://headmeds.org.uk/

MINDFULLNESS

Smiling Mind

Smiling Mind is modern meditation for young people. It is a unique web and App-based program, designed to help bring balance to young lives. It is a not-for-profit initiative based on a process that provides a sense of clarity, calm and contentment.
So what are you waiting for, let’s do this. smilingmind.com.

Dan Siegel: Wheel of Awareness

A great set of mindfulness audio recording to to illuminate the nature of consciousness and its differentiated parts including the hub of knowing, the rim of the known, and the spoke of attention. Wheel of Awareness

PSYCHOSIS

Psychosis Sucks

A website that provides a very good explanation of psychosis for young people and practitioners. www.psychosissucks.ca/epi/whatispsychosis.cf

PARENTS AND TEACHERS

Raising Children

The complete Australian resource for parenting newborns to teens. http://raisingchildren.net.au/

Mind Matters

MindMatters is a mental health initiative for secondary schools that aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people.  MindMatters provides school staff with blended professional learning that includes online resources, face-to-face events, webinars and support. http://www.mindmatters.edu.au/

Parentshop

Parentshop knows that parents are trying their best to raise their kids. Sometimes, the job of parenting is tough and parents don’t know what to do next. We provides books, DVDs and training to give you practical and easy-to-use strategies that work.  http://www.parentshop.com.au/

Reachout Parents

When a parent recognises a teenager needs help, they’re more likely to get it. That’s why we’ve introduced a new service to help parents help teenagers.On this site you will find fact sheets, stories, practical tips and tools covering a range of topics, issues and experiences that are relevant to teenagers aged 12–18 years. We’ve also got an online community forum where you can talk to other parents about your experiences and work through your concerns in a safe, anonymous environment. https://parents.au.reachout.com/Welcome-to-ReachOut-Parents

Reachout Parents Coaching

Better support your teenager with our free, professional coaching sessions. https://parents.au.reachout.com/coaching-eligibility

Triple P

Because parents of teenagers all have different needs, Triple P has many different ways to get positive parenting help. From one-off seminars to ongoing courses, you choose what is best for you and your family. It’s about giving you just the right amount of help you need – enough, but not too much! http://www.triplep-parenting.net.au/au-uken/get-started/triple-p-courses-for-parents-of-teens/

PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS

The Line

In any relationship, there are things that are black and white and there are grey areas. The Line helps you navigate those grey areas, so you can enjoy healthy and respectful relationships and recognise behaviour that ‘crosses the line’.   http://www.theline.org.au/