A Happier, Healthier You

Adolescence is a time when young people strive to find their own identities, come to terms with their changing bodies, changing relationships and develop the ability to critically reason.  It is also a time of confusion, stress and conflict as they start to take on adult roles and responsibilities and rely more on peers for support.

Using a range of therapies including art therapy, we will help you “re-frame” your reactions and provide you with valuable tools to cope with life’s obstacles.  Read further to learn how we work with specific conditions.

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Self Harm

Self Harm is a way of expressing painful emotions

Evolving Minds Counselling has worked with children and adolescents who self harm for many years.  While we know this can be very upsetting for parents, family and friends often the purpose of self harm is to provide relief, control or express feelings and/or emotions and while most people who self harm do not intend to end their lives, self harm can result in death. It is also a way of expressing painful emotions that are often overwhelming. 


Self harm takes many forms including:

  • cutting

  • biting

  • hitting

  • burning 

  • drugs including prescription medication

  • alcohol

  • sex

  • binge eating

  • starvation 

Typically self harm occurs in adolescence, however children and adults may also use self harm as a coping mechanism. Some people only self harm once, while others do so routinely due to their level of distress. 


Counselling for self harm aims to understand why a person is self harming and the function it serves.  Triggers are discovered and more positive coping strategies are put in place to help with the overwhelming feelings.  It is important to know you do not have to face these emotions alone and there are people who want to help.

If making an appointment seems too difficult, you could call these free services to speak with someone about how you are feeling.

  • Kids Helpline  1800 55 180

  • Beyond Blue 1300 224 636

  • Mensline  1300 78 99 78

  • Lifeline 13 11 14

We also recognise it can be frightening when you or someone you care about is self-harming. If you feel an appointment would help, you can call us on 02 8519 4197 or make an appointment by clicking the button below.