This article was written by Australia Counselling member Narelle Gillies, who works as a Crows Nest counsellor with teens and young adults. As a therapist and youth mentor, working with teenagers in high schools and in private practice, I am struck by how often I hear comments like “they just won’t listen to me”. These kids are usually…

This article was written by Australia Counselling editorial board member Shushann Movsessian. At puberty a girl begins to search in earnest for outside validation for her innermost hopes and dreams for herself as a young woman. “When she doesn’t find what she’s looking for, or when she sees women making compromises that the males in her family…

What is ADHD/ADD? All of us know children who cannot stay still, who never listen, who do not follow directions no matter how precisely you introduce them, or who spit out unsuitable statements at inappropriate periods. At times, these kids can be labeled as troublemakers, or judged for being undisciplined or lazy. But, they might…

One thing which defines the teenage years for most parents is a difficult time with discipline as well as boundaries. Teenagers want to assert their independence, and it could oftentimes be conflict with those rules you have established for your family. Handling these conflicts positively will be crucial and will set a great example for…

There’s a lot of disagreement amongst professionals in regard to the effects of technology and teenager’s development and growth. A few regard technology as enhancing development of the intellect. Other people are concerned that technology might impair and over-stimulate functioning of the brain. An issue many researchers have not considered is that they’ve researched the…