In April 2017, a joint report by Mission Australia and the Black Dog Institute found nearly one in four Australian teenagers met the criteria for having a “probable serious mental illness” — a 20 per cent increase from five years ago.

Psychological services for schools can often be an expensive endeavour, and limits in the Medicare funding system can make it difficult attain.

YVP is proud to be able to offer psychological services to schools, students and parents on an ongoing basis, through a program that is beneficial and unique.

Please see the YVP Schools Program page for more information.

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A Confidential & Supportive Process

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The friendly and experienced psychologists at YVP provide a safe place to hear your young person’s concerns. They can help them decide if they would like anything to be different in their life and how this might happen. There is no pressure to speak about things that they are not ready to talk about or to make any changes they don’t want to make. Psychology & Counselling involves many techniques to help them when they are facing difficult times.

A child-adolescent psychologist is a bit like a coach. Athletes at the highest level of achievement have coaches – obviously not because they can’t play. It is because they recognise that a coach, who has knowledge and experience in certain aspects of their sport, can help them understand how to better improve their skills and performance.

Psychologists & Counsellors are experts in understanding emotions, thinking skills and communication skills, all very useful in the sport of life. They can also help young people understand other experiences that they may be having and that they find confusing or frightening.

Child-adolescent counselling is a confidential process. Our psychologists & counsellors are dedicated to helping their young clients in the most efficient and speediest manner and will always discuss the need for sharing information with their client (child-adolescent) when it is likely to be helpful. If a parent would like to discuss progress please be aware that in order for the young person to feel safe and comfortable in expressing him or herself they need to feel that their privacy is respected. We also acknowledge that parents-caregivers are invariably concerned and wanting to help in a positive way. Our psychologists & counsellors strive to negotiate with their clients non-intrusive disclosure of information while maintaining the privacy and dignity of the young person. The exception to this is when the young person is at real risk of harm.

The initial session may take up to 1 hour as there is a lot of information your psychologist or counsellor will need to understand in order to best help you or your child. Following sessions will be 50 minutes or less.

How Psychology Helps

1.  Sometimes just talking with someone who really listens and doesn’t judge you is a great relief.

2.  In therapy, what you choose to do and if you choose to make any changes, is entirely your decision.

3.  The ‘teenage’ psychologist provides a safe and confidential place where you can talk about all issues without fear of being blamed or criticised.

4.  In therapy for adolescents and young people, the psychologist helps you develop ways of overcoming worries, managing stress and pressure, dealing with relationship issues and unhelpful behaviours or habits.

5.  Being able to recognise and acknowledge your strengths, not just your weaknesses, and strengthening your relationships are often important outcomes of teen counselling.

6.  Teenage therapy can help you improve confidence, self-acceptance and communication skills.

7.  Addressing issues now, with help from a psychologist, can help you build a more solid foundation from which to launch your self into your future life.

8.  Addressing issues now can also be much easier than later when issues may become more entrenched.

9.  Therapy for adolescents and young people can help you understand why problems or issues have emerged.

10.  Rather than see the problem as a deficit or fault in yourself, you can more helpfully and usefully, learn to view the problem as the problem …. not you.