Anxiety in teenagers

Young people and teenagers can have difficulty managing their emotions and talking about their feelings, particularly when they are feeling worried or anxious. Our outpatient care can help you respond to feelings of anxiety and manage your intense emotions and impulsive behaviours.

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Our treatment can help you develop different ways of thinking, behaving and responding to anxiety and fear.

Symptoms of anxiety in teenagers

Having trouble controlling your emotions and talking about your feelings to your family, teachers and school counsellors can led to intense emotions.

It can be hard to manage these feelings, and your behaviours can appear to be out of control, be unexpected, and it can be hard to return to feeling calm.

This can be distressing for you and the people around you.

Sometimes, this can lead to you to hurting yourself or others as a way to cope with overwhelming feelings.

What is emotional regulation?

Emotional regulation is the ability to respond to the ongoing demands of life (experiences at home and school) and associated emotions in a manner that is socially accepted and flexible to allow you to react spontaneously as well as having the ability to delay your reactions if needed.

Feeling anxious is one way you may experience emotional dysregulation and it is a normal part of life. When anxiety occurs for no obvious reason, if it doesn’t go away, or gets worse over time, it can have a big impact on your quality of life.

How can our outpatient treatment help?

If anxiety or other forms of emotional dysregulation is persistent and interferes with everyday home and school life, you may be referred for treatment.

Treatments can help you manage your emotions and improve your quality of life.

What to expect during outpatient treatment

Our experienced health professionals provide group therapy in a safe, relaxed, and caring environment.

We offer a range of evidence-based treatments to help you identify why you feel anxious and give you the skills and strategies to deal with anxiety and trigger situations.

Our programs are delivered by qualified psychologists and allied health therapists who work closely with a team of psychiatrists, other psychologists, nurses and allied health professionals.

Treatment covers:

  • anxious feelings
  • impulsive and self-destructive behaviours
  • chaotic, intense and unstable interpersonal relationships
  • affective instability
  • cognitive and identity dysregulation.

Your treatment plan is developed to meet your needs and may include medications, psychotherapies, exercise, nutrition and pastoral care. You may take part in group or individual sessions with a psychologist or psychiatrist.

You can access a range of psychological therapies including cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy and schema-focused therapy.

We also offer general inpatient programs for anxietydepressiondrug and alcoholmindfulness / emotional dysregulation, and perinatal mental health.

Who can benefit from this outpatient program?

Our anxiety program is specifically developed for young people aged to 17 who are struggling with their emotions while they complete their education.

It is especially relevant if you have complex problems relating to emotion/emotion dysregulation including suicidal, self-harm and other life threatening behaviours.

Our approach to anxiety treatment

Our treatment aims to help you identify the source of your emotions and to develop skills and strategies to manage your emotions and situations that trigger distress.

We help you to start thinking differently, to challenge and change negative thought patterns, help build your self-esteem, and help you finding meaning and purpose in life.

Benefits of treatment

Treatment can help you develop different ways of thinking, behaving and responding to anxiety and fear.

The general goal of skills training is to learn and refine skills in changing behavioural, emotional and thinking patterns associated with problems in living, that is, those causing extreme misery and emotional distress.

The specific goals of the program are to increase interpersonal effectiveness, emotional regulation and distress tolerance.

Other benefits include:

  • awareness of causes of anxiety
  • new skills and techniques to help control and manage anxiety
  • challenging and changing anxious and negative thought patterns
  • building self-esteem
  • having heathier relationships at home and at school.

These benefits depends on your particular circumstances and requires your full participation.


A referral from a general practitioner is needed to enrol in our anxiety treatment programs.

Payment and health insurance

The costs involved with enrolling in our programs is covered by most private health insurers. Any excess and/or co-payment depends on your level of cover.

We can provide care through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and Work Cover. We also welcome self-funded patients.

Interested in our treatment programs? 

Please complete the form and we will contact you during regular office hours (9.00am to 5.00pm). If you require urgent help please call Lifeline: 13 11 14

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