• Youth Mental Health

  • Youth Mental Health Image

    Adolescence can be an exciting and fulfilling time of growth and discovery.  It can also be a confusing and challenging time.  It is a time when young people are moving towards independence, exploring their identity and acquiring skills to prepare them for adulthood.  There are significant biological changes that impact on young peoples’ cognitive, social and emotional functioning.

    Research shows confident young people who feel supported are more likely to safely negotiate adolescence.  However, it is important to remember adolescence is a vulnerable time for the onset of mental health problems, even with good parenting and role modelling.  Approximately one in four young Australians are likely to experience a mental health problem. 

    Importantly we know that engaging young people in early intervention and treatment of mental health issues can help the young person to return to a healthy developmental pathway, optimising their full potential and improving their quality of life.

    At Open Horizons Psychology, we have clinical psychologists who are experienced with working with adolescents and young adults and their families.  We are mindful of the importance of engaging young people in treatment and being genuine and mindful of the challenges they may be experiencing.  We engage in goal directed therapy and use a variety of approaches that are evidence based.  Some of these approaches include:

    • Cognitive behavioural therapy
    • Mindfulness
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
    • Psycho-education
    • Relaxation techniques
    • Motivational interviewing