Counselling Services

Counselling Young People

Jodie sees young people and their parents for counselling. Her main areas of interest include anxiety, ASD and behaviour problems in young people.

Jodie offers 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

Autism Spectrum

Jodie has extensive experience and a natural ability to engage with young people with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) as well as with those who have not been diagnosed, but exhibit features of ASD and could benefit from assistance with the skills listed below.

Children with ASD usually report feeling very comfortable with Jodie in the first session- an essential feature of a young person’s ability to effectively engage in therapy and to benefit from it. Jodie uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to assist young people to manage overwhelming feelings. Jodie works 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

Working with parents and the community

Jodie seeks 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. 

©2017 BY JODIE WASSNER DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGIST

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