Life in my growing body
Self-harm has become increasingly common among young people, and some reports show that one in five adolescents self-harm sometime before the age of twenty. In earlier years, there is a higher prevalence of self-harm in girls, however, by the time we get to the mid-twenties, the gender ratios equalise, and self-harm is much less common overall.
The roots of self-harm
As a parent or young person, you may feel overwhelmed or confused about why self-harm is present. Self-harm is a common response to emotions that feel intolerable and unbearable. Those who self-harm often report that overdosing or cutting themselves helps them feel grounded when dealing with emotional distress. The young people who self-harm often say that the underlying stress “disappears once blood appears”.
About the program
This program uses the well-known psychological approaches of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) to help adolescents learn about their intense emotional responses and how to manage them in safe and healthier ways. The program is put together by our group of four clinicians who each have more than ten years of research and clinical expertise.
Who is the program for?
The program is useful for adolescents and young adults who have experienced anxiety, depression, or self-harm. Young people with the presence of severe emotional distress might be guided to have individual sessions first, to get the most out of the program from its commencement.
The group will run for 10 weeks.
Each group will consist of 4 to 8 persons.
Three age groups are available:
15 to 16-year-olds, 17 to 19-year-olds, and 20-year-olds and above.
Dates & Schedule
- Our new term will start on the 24th of January and will run for 10 sessions
- Fees are $100 per session (Fees might differ based on the level of need. If you are using NDIS, please check with the clinic).
- Full payment is required no later than two weeks before starting the group. A Medicare rebate of $23 per session may be available—you will need to check with the clinic.