Parenting Tips for Surviving the Teenage Years – Leia Redman

Leia Redman   Quals: B. Psych; M. Psych (Clinical); MAPS; CCLIN

Parenting Tips for Surviving the Teenage Years: Parenting teenagers is one of the most challenging periods of life as a parent. Teenagers tend to come in three types: those that cause parents much less worry, change slowly and have less involvement with their peers; those that pull away somewhat and cause some worry; and those that cause serious concern, pull away from you a lot, act out, engage in dangerous behaviour and have significant emotional issues. It is useful to understand where your teenager fits amongst those categories and what you can do to help.

Psychological Therapy Approach: Leia uses evidence based therapeutic techniques in her treatment with clients. Deciding whether to intervene (picking your battles) due to your teenagers challenging behaviour can be a tough decision. It is helpful to categorise problems into two areas: Minor but Annoying: e.g. long phone conversations with friends, messy bedroom etc.; or Serious: e.g. drugs, alcohol, anxiety, depression, self-harm, abuse, ADHD, family issues like divorce etc. If the teenager’s behaviour is considered serious and is impacting their functioning (i.e. drugs, alcohol, depression etc.) it is time to seek professional advice and treatment. Clinical Psychologists can help to address Parenting Strategies specific to yourself and your teenager; and also work directly with the teenager to understand what is going on for them and the triggers/causes to the problem, to learn how to manage their symptoms and to rebuild their relationships.

Current Availability: Usually within a week.Leia Redman Clinical Psychologist Brisbane

Fees: Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $260 for initial appointment, $220 thereafter. Medicare and health refunds may apply.

Practice Location: Unit 1, 16 – 18 Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd, Loganholme.

Appointments: Phone (07) 3067 9129, or book online now.