Our services

Our Mindful Youth provide Therapeutic Supports to children and young people in Geelong and The Bellarine Peninsula, with a focus on mental health. Our services aim to empower clients with the knowledge and skills needed to increase their level of independence and improve their mental and physical health. Our services include:

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy empowers our clients to do the things that they want and need to do. Our Occupational Therapy services aim to empower clients with the knowledge and skills needed to:

 

  • Increase their level of independence 

  • Participate in school or work

  • Socialise or communicate with others

  • Make and keep with friends

  • Practice self care including showering, dressing and grooming.

  • Practice appropriate sleep hygiene 

  • Regulate and express their emotions and improve their distress tolerance 

  • Regulate responses to their sensory system and environment

  • Cope with stress and learn distress tolerance skills

  • Improve their overall mental and physical health and wellbeing

Art

Therapy

Art Therapy refers to any combination of visual arts, writing, drama, music or dance as a creative and therapeutic outlet. Art Therapy sessions involve choosing an appropriate art modality and using this modality to lower anxiety and stress, improve self-awareness and self-esteem, strengthen relationships, regulate behaviours and increase social skills.

Using art as a tool for expression, communication and self exploration could be the most important tool missing from your mental health tool kit. Creative expression is a great way to:

  • Navigate feelings of anxiety and unhappiness.

  • Take a step back from life and reflect on creations from a distance.

  • View thoughts, feelings and sensations from a point of curiosity rather than judgement.

  • Calm the nervous system.

  • Communicate without words.

  • Create something to be proud of.

Groups & therapy assistants

Groups

These groups provide our clients the opportunity to creatively develop social skills, emotional regulation skills and sensory regulation skills. As well as this, this space gives everyone involved the chance connect, support each other and have fun together. Groups are facilitated by our Art Therapist, Christine Chamoun and one of our therapy assistants. Please contact our admin to enquire about age groups.

Therapy Assistant support 

Our Therapy Assistants are trained professionals who support therapists in implementing therapy written programs, skill building plans and and therapy groups. Therapy Assistants work directly with clients under the supervision of an allied health professional to help achieve therapeutic goals. Their input may include supporting clients to consolidate skills to increase independence across all settings, increase community participation and social engagement, practice and develop communication skills, and establish and maintain routines.