“You can’t make me and I don’t want to”. Oppositional Defiant Disorder. A Parenting Nightmare Child and adolescent therapists are often consulted by parents who are at the end of a long and bumpy road with teenagers. Families describe behaviours that have become increasingly defiant or confrontational. Teenage mental health specialists will often use the […]READ MORE..
Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is one of many therapeutic approaches. In brief, DBT is a form of psychotherapy used for people who feel emotions very intensely, in particular those suffering from borderline personality disorders (BPD). Here we answer some of the frequently asked questions about this form of psychotherapy. What is dialectical behaviour therapy? DBT […]READ MORE..
The Wave Trust was formed in 2018. A community gifting project, managed by the young people currently in residence at The Wave. The Wave Trust is a foundation filled with hope for the further. Our teenagers and young adults are encouraged to take responsibility for themselves, the community and the environment. Our social responsibility is […]READ MORE..
In developmental psychology ‘attachment theory’ explores the emotional bond between one human and another (mostly between caregiver and infant). During the first six months’ of a baby’s life, the caregiver must exhibit adequate nurturing to their newborn to establish a close bond. If a healthy bond cannot be established during the baby’s early developmental phase […]READ MORE..
100% or Failure – How striving for Academic Perfection can be linked-to Eating Disorders in Teenagers
Mable* is 17. She explains to me how she measures herself by numbers. Her favourite numbers are 10 and 100. Ten represents the 10 out of ten that indicates a perfect score on a short test. One hundred represents the only acceptable mark in an exam. Anything that is not 10 or 100 equals failure. […]READ MORE..
“I feel so empty and Lonely. I don’t know who I am.” Working with teenagers and young adults, I often hear the phrase, ‘I just don’t know who I am’. It can be a normal teenage response to the rapidly changing period between childhood and adolescence. They’re trying out new behaviours. Ones that are often […]READ MORE..
When I first meet the parents of a child or teen who self harms or self injures, I am confronted by fear, distress, sadness, confusion and anger. Parents describe the torment of knowing that their child deliberately hurts themselves. They always ask, why? Why does my child, cut, bite, burn, scold or scratch themselves? How […]READ MORE..
ADHD, Substance Use Disorder, Bipolar, emotional instability; along with other enduring mental health conditions can leave parents with few options following school exclusion. Finding a supportive environment where young people can reach their potential is a concern for parents who discover that options with or without a diagnosis can be limited. Parents have a tough […]READ MORE..
What is Purple Drank? “Purple Drank” is a trendy, sweet-tasting drink, that is made up of prescription-grade cough syrup, hard candy and soft drinks. It can lead to death in teenagers and adolescents. Purple Drank, Lean, Sizzurp and Dirty Sprite are new terms to many parents and signal a gateway to a world of drug […]READ MORE..
What to do when your talking to your teenager feels like a minefield Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) presents challenges far beyond the usual parenting dilemmas. During the teenage years and early adulthood, many parents experience unchartered territories. For families who are also challenged by the complexities of a highly sensitive, or emotionally unstable teenager experiencing […]READ MORE..