Counselling Services
Girls in Nature

Counselling Young People

Our clinics offer a counselling service in Sydney, Melbourne or via Telehealth, with a focus on young people and their parents for counselling. Our main areas of interest include anxiety, ASD and behaviour problems in young people.

We offer treatment in:

  • Anxiety- separation, nighttime fears, social anxiety, schoolwork, panic, phobias.

  • Autism spectrum- see below.

  • Depression

  • Sleep disturbance

  • School refusal

  • Family conflict

  • Eating disturbance

  • Behavioural problems

  • Bullying

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder

  • Anger and oppositional behaviour

  • Pain management

  • Selective mutism

  • Repetitive behaviours

  • Perfectionism

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Autism Spectrum

Jodie and Rachel have extensive experience and a natural ability to engage with young autistic people as well as with those who have not been diagnosed, but exhibit features of neurodiversity and could benefit from assistance with the skills listed below.

Autistic children usually report feeling very comfortable with our clinicians in the first session- an essential feature of a young person’s ability to effectively engage in therapy and to benefit from it. We predominantly use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to assist young people to manage overwhelming feelings. We work using a functional approach so that skills taught in sessions can be transferred to the real world.

Sessions focus of developing skills including:

  • Perspective taking

  • Emotion management

  • Reading social cues

  • Perfectionism

  • Giving up

  • Managing meltdowns

  • Diet

  • Reading emotions

  • Handling a different style of learning

  • Using the special interest to advantage

  • Managing inattention

  • Developing social skills

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Working with parents and the community

Jodie and Rachel seek to liaise with parents, teachers and health professionals as required and with the necessary consent and discretion. She regularly meets with parents to discuss progress and to assist with implementing strategies at home. 

Parent input is encouraged and is an important part of the therapeutic process.