Child & Adolescent Mental Health

Therapy

Psychological therapy services are offered to children and adolescents with or that are at risk of developing a mental health disorder.

This therapy is for clients 4 – 12 years. Children / families can access up to 6 sessions to assist them in addressing social and emotional difficulties that impact on their learning and behaviour.

Counselling

Child Counselling takes a gentle approach to helping children disclose and make sense of their experience in order to work through difficult issues and as an opportunity to learn new skills and behaviours. Many patterns of healthy coping and responding established early in life can provide a solid foundation for later adult life, for functioning well as an individual and in relationships.

How the counsellor works with each child takes account of their stage of development mentally and emotionally, and the kind and level of language that can best connect with them in an age appropriate way.

Issues Of Childhood Experience

The service provides specialised counselling for children struggling with any of a range of issues such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Appears often tearful
  • ​Angry, defiant or lashing out
  • ​Appears withdrawn
  • ​Poor self-confidence
  • ​Bed-wetting
  • ​Moodiness
  • ​Bullying or social isolation at school
  • ​Relationship difficulties (such as with peers or family)
  • ​Loss and grief
  • ​Struggling to manage big emotions
  • ​A decline in academic performance
  • Self-harm or talk of self-harm

Is The Counsellor A Qualified Practitioner?

Yes. The Counsellor has a university education in counselling and is trained in a variety of counselling modalities, skills and approaches specifically for this work.

What Happens In Sessions?

Sessions are usually up to 40 minutes in length, and often one or more sessions may be needed (though sometimes a single session may suffice).The first session will usually consist of listening to the parent’s concerns and helping the child feel comfortable and confident to speak for themselves.Once the child is comfortable with the counsellor, it may be of benefit for them to work with the counsellor alone. Of course, each step along the way is discussed and negotiated with both parent and child.

headspace

headspace Port Augusta was established in 2013 and is one of a number of similar service centres well-known across Australia as one of the premier youth sector organisations.

This centre aims to improve the well-being of young people aged 12-25 years, by providing services focused on and engaging with issues of mental health, employment, and drug and alcohol.  headspace prides itself on being a welcoming, inclusive and supportive service for young people.

It endeavours to provide youth friendly, accessible and integrated services with a focus on early intervention and health promotion.

headspace is supported by an active consortium that involves young people in shaping the centre’s future directions.

Youth input is achieved through the Youth Crew, who play an integral and active role in the centre’s activities and management. They are supported by consortium members who have considerable experience from a wide-range of human service sectors.

For more information contact headspace, Port Augusta on 8641 4300 or click the image below. 

Fliipsyde

FliipSyde is a youth information, education and clinical treatment service in Roxby Downs which has been running for the past five years. It is funded by BHP and is a collaboration between BHP and Country & Outback Health.

Docs on Campus

Docs on Campus is a unique collaboration of Country & Outback Health and Mentally Fit Australia, secondary schools, and local GPs – together providing a safe, welcoming and confidential service on school campuses for students. It is also a service model with adaptability for different school circumstances.

Docs on Campus takes services to the students – in their own familiar and non-threatening environment on campus, either face to face, or via a fixed video-conferencing unit in a suitable school room. These services would usually be accessed separately, at different venues and in unfamiliar and perhaps uncomfortable environments for teenagers.

Docs on Campus is also integrative: wherever possible the GP and psychologist or mental health practitioner closely collaborate, and other local youth support agencies form a wider collaborative group offering a range of complementary service options.

Docs on Campus is also integrative: wherever possible the GP and psychologist or mental health practitioner closely collaborate, and other local youth support agencies form a wider collaborative group offering a range of complementary service options.

For further information about Docs on Campus contact: Manager of Clinical Programs - Port Lincoln Regional Office Ph: 08 8621 3800