Adolescent counselling

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Most of our psychologists work in the Melbourne CBD Clinic, and the rest in different locations across Melbourne. You can find out all about our psychologists – when, where and what issues they work with – on our online booking portal or you can call our reception on 03 96291001.

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We recommend that your first step is a Personal Matching appointment. Research shows that the key to successful outcomes is the relationship between client and psychologist. At Psychology Melbourne, we don't leave that to chance. We offer a personal matching session with one of our trained Matching Psychologists who will expertly choose the right psychologist for you and your issues.

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Friday 8:30 am - 6 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
closed public holidays

After hours appointments may also be available.

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If you are can't get to the clinic, you can use our secure phone and video counselling services. This allows you to get expert, effective psychological help from your home, but also from work or your hotel room when you’re interstate or overseas.

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"If you never change your mind, why have one?"

—Edward de Bono

With so many physical and mental changes happening between the ages of 11-19, the teenage years can be a confusing and stressful time. Sometimes a little professional treatment can help young people navigate through the myriad of changes and conflicting pressures.

Counselling for Adolescents in Melbourne

In Australia, the prevalence of mental health problems among adolescents aged 13-17 years is as high as 19 percent and increases again to 27 percent among young adults aged 18-24 (McLennan, 1997).

Based on these figures, approximately one in four to five young Australians are likely to suffer from a mental health problem, most commonly substance abuse or dependency, depression, anxiety and eating disorders (Australian Institute of Health & Welfare: AIHW, 2003). Co-morbidity (particularly substance abuse disorders) is unfortunately the norm in this population.

Furthermore on average some 400 young people take their own lives each year. Drug-related deaths represent 24% of all youth deaths. 38% of 14-24 year olds report marijuana use in the previous 12 months and around 70% of 16-17 year olds report that they drink alcohol regularly

Adolescent risk factors include:

Adolescents and Depression

The teenage years are a time when individuals develop their identity and sense of self. If a depression is left to develop, it can lead to isolation from family and friends, risk taking behaviours, inappropriate sexual involvements and drug and alcohol abuse. It can also impact on school performance and study, which can have downstream effects on later career or study options.

Both biological and developmental factors contribute to depression in adolescence. If bipolar disorder or psychosis is suspected, an assessment by a mental health professional is recommended.

An adolescent who is depressed may not show obvious signs of depression. It is often hard to distinguish adolescent turmoil from depressive illness, especially when the young person is forging new roles within the family and struggling with independence, and having to make academic and career decisions.

Bullying and Mental Health

Bullying behaviours include:

Research has demonstrated strong associations between a young person's experience of bullying and their physical and emotional wellbeing, both at the time of and well after the bullying experience. The Centre for Adolescent Health's Gatehouse Project survey showed that students who reported being victimised were three times more likely to be at risk of reporting depressive symptoms when compared with those not reporting such experiences.

Body image and Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are complex and chronic illnesses that require particular medical and psychological treatment. Some of the most common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating. Another type of disorder under examination is extreme exercise to control weight.

Many factors play a role in the development of an eating disorder, including personality, self-esteem, genetics, environment, and body chemistry. It has been shown that adolescent and young women are generally more susceptible and vulnerable to body image problems and eating disorders.

Psychological Support at Psychology Melbourne

As with a range of mood based problems, the above issues affecting adolescent individuals can be treated and there are a number of effective and specialist treatments available. Psychologists often use a combination of evidence-based approaches, sometimes along side medication for the most effective results.

These well researched interventions aim to change patterns of negative unhelpful thinking and unhelpful behaviour, negative mood states, and the persons response to life events that may trigger changes in mood. Most widely used Psychological Interventions include cognitive-behavioural therapy, interpersonal therapy, sex therapy, narrative therapy, psycho-analytic therapy, and couples therapy.

If you’re a parent with concerns about your teenagers mental health, its best to contact us sooner than later to arrange an assessment and referral to the most suitable Psychologist for treatment and support.

Things we can help with include:

Our psychologists work from the following frameworks:

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