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The Elizabeth Clinic

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CURRENT AVAILBILITY: WITHIN 3-6 WEEKS

(The Elizabeth Clinic is not currently accepting new clients for Psychiatry or Paediatrics)

Scott is an experienced clinical counsellor and psychotherapist with 12 years experience working with young people and families, including 7 years in private practice. He works closely with the Elizabeth Clinic paediatrics and child psychiatry teams and offers critical support, education and coaching around ADHD, education, emotional regulation, executive function and all related challenges.

Scott has a double major in psychology, a Master of Counselling, and Clinical PACFA registration, with over 4,000 clinical hours experience. He is effective at engaging slow-to-warm-up young people, and provides a combination of fun, compassion, best-practice knowledge, and solid guidelines to help families create and maintain change.

He is capable of working with individuals and families with complex and multi-faceted presentations, and often works collaboratively with other agencies and specialties to ensure the best outcomes for each individual and family.

He works with couples and parents of all ages and stages, and a significant portion of his daily clinical engagement focuses on resourcing parents with evidence-based, real-world knowledge and resources to support themselves, each other, and their children.

Scott is passionate about combining leading evidence, integrating modalities, and tailoring support and programs for each individual and each family - because everyone is different. He avoids 'cookie cutter' style approaches and draws from humanistic, relational, attachment-based and trauma-informed theory.

Scott has previously provided group education to a range of PSA schools, and has three years experience providing therapy on-site in secondary schools. He is a parent himself, and brings personal and professional experience to his therapeutic style. He has over 5 years experience working as a senior clinician at best-practice therapeutic organisations such as Headspace and Youth Focus.

 

Scott is passionate about a range of areas including:

-Engaging and resourcing young people, including those who have been described as 'guarded,' 'challenging,' 'hard to reach' etc. Supporting individuals and families to get the best outcomes from education.

-De-stigmatising mental health and neurodivergence

-Making complex issues and concerns simpler.

-Working in a family-inclusive manner to bolster the confidence and capacity of young people.

-Supporting the resourcing and knowledge of parents and carers to enrich their own lives, and add to their 'family mental health tool kit'

-Supporting people through difficult periods of life, difficult transitions and life changes.

-Short 'chunks' of work with young people to rebuild self-worth and reconnect with the world -Longer term work with unhelpful coping strategies, dynamics and thinking styles.

6-MODULE ADHD/ADD COURSES

Designed to be family inclusive and tailored to each young person (12-18). This course is specifically designed to overcome barriers in school engagement, education outcomes and relationship challenges. This course is generally recommended to occur over 12 weeks, comprising 6 fortnightly sessions of 60 minutes.

**Note: a diagnosis is not required to engage in this course, and it is frequently utilised by students without ADHD or similar challenges.

Module 1 - Everything you and your family need to know about ADHD (including a digital resource pack). Also includes psychoeducation and support for other similar presentations including anxiety (general, social, anticipatory), mood, ASD, obsessive content, sleep issues.

Module 2 - Goals, planning - Identifying where the challenges are and developing an individual plan to overcome them.

Module 3 - Time Management - prioritisation and task tips

Module 4 - Social skills - understand what challenges may arise, and how to 'be you' while making daily life easier.

Module 5 - Managing strong emotions

Module 6 - Support, safety, resources, advocacy, school communication (if / as requested)

INDIVIDUAL / COUPLES / PARENTS / FAMILY INCLUSIVE THERAPY

Common therapeutic supports in the context of ADHD, ASD, neurodivergence and neurotypical ranges include:

- Understanding all facets of attention, focus, mood, emotion, ADHD and neurodivergence including mental, physical and environmental aspects

- Mapping out challenges with executive function

- Understanding and managing strong emotions (including impulsivity challenges)

- Managing co-occurring challenges (such as anxiety, depression, sensory issues)

- Communication at home and school, making friends, feeling heard

- Developing support plans, safety plans, regulation plans, school advocacy, resource packs

Therapeutic approaches (modalities) often utilised include:

Psychoeducation - neurobiology, polyvagal, breath, mindfulness, relaxation, exercise, sleep, diet, socialisation.

CBT - understanding what drives psychological inflexibility and unhelpful patterns

ACT - finding your values and goals, promoting mental flexibility

Narrative - understanding the past and the meaning we bring forward from past events

Rogerian - positive regard and human connection

Brief Solution Focused - developing workable solutions, quick

Transactional Analysis - how we communicate and what this can elicit from others

Family Systems - understanding and shifting unhelpful family dynamics

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(08) 9384 4565

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