Why we created this group

An introduction from the facilitators, Heidi & Olivia

Heidi and Olivia have both supported adolescents in managing distress and building up their coping skills to reduce self-injury behaviours. They also acknowledge this is a tough time for their family and understanding how to support them can be difficult. Parents and caregivers also play the powerful role of being able to prompt and demonstrate helpful coping skills at home, and we want to support their efficacy in doing so. We hope that you leave with a wealth of knowledge and a toolkit of strategies to use at home.

About this group

This group is run online across 2 sessions

  • April 3rd and 17th 2024

  • Online via Zoom

  • $300 for an individual caregiver or parent | $450 for 2 parents or caregivers

  • Includes a take-home resources booklet to support you

  • In session 1 you can expect to gain an understanding of self-injury and why it is used as a maladaptive coping strategy, as well as discussing common misconceptions. Resources will also be discussed to support caregiver's emotional wellbeing through this tumultuous time.

  • In session 2 we will explore skill development in distress tolerance and emotional regulation strategies for parents to use themselves, and with their adolescent at home.

About Axis Clinic

Axis Clinic is located in the Brisbane suburbs of New Farm and Annerley. We are a collaborative team of Psychologists, Mental Health Social Workers, Dietitians and Psychiatrists

Meet your group facilitators

Heidi Raza | Accredited Mental Health Social Worker & Gottman's Couples Therapist

Heidi brings a wealth of experience working with families, couples and individuals in a variety of organisations into her private practice. Heidi is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker; a level 3 Gottman Couples Therapist, and a Circle of Security and Parenting Facilitator.

Heidi has experience supporting across the life span, working with children/teens 12+, young adults and couples from a range of backgrounds and culturally and linguistically diverse communities including LGBTIQA. 

Heidi’s specialty areas include: Gottman Couples Therapy, stress, depression, anxiety management, trauma, parenting support, sexuality and gender, and grief and loss.

Heidi works from a holistic and trauma informed framework, acknowledging the systems by which an individual is involved and incorporates various modalities supportive and specific for the individual. Drawing on Mindfulness Cognitive Behavioural Therapy MiCBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT, Emotion Focused Therapy, Circle of Security framework, Gottman Couples Therapy together with Art and play based therapeutic interventions.

Olivia Yaksich | Psychologist / Clinical Registrar

Olivia is a warm and compassionate Psychologist who utilises a collaborative and non-judgemental approach to therapy. She has a particular interest in childhood trauma and the ongoing impact on development in adolescence and early adulthood. She has experience in helping individuals who at times in their life experience anxiety, depression, personality vulnerabilities, complex trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder and adjustment difficulties. 

Olivia also has experience within the disability sector supporting individuals across the lifespan to improve emotional regulation and coping capacity to reduce behaviours of concern.

Olivia draws on a range of evidence-based frameworks to encourage and support clients to work towards greater independence and emotional wellness in their everyday lives. Treatment approaches include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Trauma Focused Therapy, Exposure Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

Olivia can also provide child and adult clinical assessments for giftedness, cognitive functioning, learning difficulties and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

A group for parents & caregivers

Within this group we will explore the following themes

  • What is self-injury?

  • Why are adolescents vulnerable to self-injury?

  • What can we as parents/caregivers do to help?

  • How can you support yourself?

Emergency Support

If you or someone you know is in crisis or if you need immediate help, please contact your nearest hospital or call 000.

Seeking Support

We're here to listen when you need us

Most of our courses are designed to be general in nature and are not a substitute for individualised therapy, diagnosis or consultation with a mental health professional. If you are going through a difficult time and feel that you need to reach out to someone for support, we recommend seeking help from a qualified mental health professional. To book an appointment with a clinician in one of our Brisbane clinics, please contact us.
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