Creative Psychotherapy for Children: Creative psychotherapy brings together psychology and the creative arts. It offers an opportunity to explore intense or painful experiences, thoughts and feelings in a supportive environment. This program involves using visual arts, emotional release activities and non-verbal drama exercises to create a visual representation of thoughts and feelings. Creative psychotherapy helps emotional and physical healing and promotes improved communication, self-esteem, healthy coping strategies and problem solving.
Cool Kids Program: The Cool Kids program is a scientifically tested course that teaches children and their parents how to better manage anxiety. It is a group program involving both the children and their parents, and focuses on teaching clear and practical skills.
Preschool Anxiety Program: The Preschool Anxiety Program is aimed at pre-school aged children who are a little more anxious, shy or inhibited, than most children of a similar age. This group program instructs parents on how to assist their children learn a number of skills that will reduce excessive anxiety and increase confidence.
Creative Arts Group for Children Bereaved by Suicide: This is a program aimed at giving children who have experienced the loss of someone close to them by suicide an opportunity to explore feelings and thoughts about their experiences with others in a similar situation by a medium which is not confrontational.
Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy: REBT is the pioneering form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. It is an action-oriented psychotherapy that teaches individuals to examine their own thoughts, beliefs and actions and replace self-defeating ideas with more life-enhancing alternatives. This group delivers skills for life, and is particularly helpful for those who experience issues with low or reactive mood or anxiety.
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: MBCBT is a blend of two very different approaches — Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which focuses on changing our thoughts in order to change our behaviours, and the meditative practice of Mindfulness, a process of identifying our thoughts on a moment-to-moment basis while trying not to pass judgment on them. While Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has always emphasised the end result of changing one’s thoughts, Mindfulness looks at how a person thinks, using the process of thinking to help people change negative thoughts.
123 Magic and Emotional Coaching: This program teaches parents how to deal with their children’s difficult behaviour by using an easy-to-learn and easy-to-use signaling system to manage misbehaviour. The system requires the parent to use less talk and less emotion, which in turn develops the child’s ability to manage their emotional reactions to parental boundaries (or emotional competency).
Bringing up Great Kids: The Bringing up Great Kids program was developed by the Australian Childhood Foundation and uses mindful reflection to support parents by reviewing and enhancing their patterns of communication with their children. It promotes respectful interactions and encourages the development of a positive self-identity in children. This group aims to identify and address the sources of unhelpful and hurtful attitudes and works to establish a new relationship context for children and their parents by facilitating opportunities for positive exchanges.
Psychometric Testing: People seek psychometric testing for a range of reasons including but not limited to accessing educational or funding opportunities, gaining strategies to promote learning, understanding behavioural or emotional issues or determining one’s capacity for specific roles. Hart & Mind Wellbeing provides a range of testing and assessment services. Please contact us to discuss your needs.
*Medicare rebates are available for most clinical services.