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Introducing MELIORA Adolescents and Young Adults Therapy Program!

Uncategorized . 4 minutes read . March 18, 2022

Value added and unique program aimed at tomorrow's young citizens!

Meliora Group Therapy for adolescents and Young adults adds value to life, is skills-based, and well-received by participants

What’s in the name Meliora?

MELIORA is a Latin word for positivity. It means ‘better things’ or ‘things continuing to improve.’ We find MELIORA word as a perfect fit for the adolescent group.

Young adults often experience rapid emotional, physical and intellectual changes and have difficulties coping. These difficulties may manifest as increased anxiety, feeling overwhelmed, avoidance of social activities, changes in sleep patterns, difficulty concentrating and mood swings.

What is the Meliora Group Therapy for adolescents and Young adults?

MELIORA Adolescent and Young adults program support adolescents and young adults through life transitions; they develop skills to identify and manage emotions and behaviour patterns that can be constructive and learn how to stay away from destructive behaviour patterns.

Who Facilitates the Meliora Group Therapy for adolescents and Young adults for Mind Connections?

Mrs Rosemary Hawke, an experienced and skilled child psychologist and consultant psychiatrist Dr Padmini Howpage conducts the Meliora group therapy for adolescents and young adults. Together they add immense value to this program.

How do you enroll in the Meliora Group Therapy for adolescents and Young adults?

Discuss with your GP. You need two types of referral from your GP

i)             A  Mental Health Care Plan addressed to our psychologist and

ii)            A referral to our psychiatrist to enrol in the program.

What is the cost of Meliora Group Therapy for adolescents and Young adults?

We keep the cost to the minimum as we want everyone to benefit from the program. We are concerned about the economic burden during this tough Covid time. The value-added programs only have an upfront, one-off administration fee to cover printed materials, admin support, refreshments, facilities etc. There are no other costs.

The program consists of 10 sessions with the psychologist and 10 sessions with the psychiatrist which means 20 sessions. Therefore, we ask you to be committed to the whole program, which means attending two sessions/day, biweekly for 10 days.

You will reap benefits when you are motivated to implement strategies to improve your wellbeing.

When Do the Meliora Group Therapy for adolescents and Young adults Take Place?

The sessions are held fortnightly, on Tuesday afternoons, at our Bella Vista office. Please email Mind Connections Specialist Health Services to find out the starting date.

Email is our best communication method.

What Sort of Topics Does the Meliora Group Therapy for adolescents and Young adults Cover?

Topics covered in the REACH Group Program include:

  • Starting the journey with group therapy
  • Health and Wellness – Healthy Living
    •  Identifying your strengths
    • Sleep hygiene
    • Regular Exercise
    • Nutrition and BMI
    • Personal hygiene
  • Establishing Identity 
    • Self esteem
    • Self confidence
    • Body image disturbances
  • Values, beliefs and goals
    • Goal setting
    • Realistic timelines
  • Personal Control
    • Anger management
    • Stress management
    • Impulse control
    • Mindful emotions (MEm.)
  • Mindful Relationships
    • Assertiveness
    • Boundaries
    • Grief, loss, and forgiveness
    • Resolve conflicts
  • Social media
    • Healthy vs unhealthy use
    • Usefulness
    • Harmful aspects
    • Law and social media
    • Mindful actions
  • Chemical Dependency
    • Addictive substances
    • Alcohol, Cocaine, Cannabis, Heroin, Amphetamines & others
    • Dual diagnosis (co-morbidity of multiple mental health conditions)
    • How to say “No”
    • Addictive behaviour – neurocognitive impact
    • Psychosocial issues which increase vulnerability to drug/alcohol addiction
    • Legal issues
    • Mindful Gratitude
  • Mental Health Systems
    • When & How to contact GP, Specialist, psychologist, self-help groups, helplines applications.
  • Safety Planning
    • Wellbeing – addressing exercise and stress
    • Wellbeing – diet, sleep, work and self-esteem
    • Identifying your support network, AND
    • Your wellbeing and your journey towards recovery.

For More Information…

Mind Connections Specialist Health Services – a team of committed, caring, multilingual experts in psychiatry, psychology, child and adolescent psychiatry and geriatrics – has two Sydney practices, in Carlingford and Norwest (Bella Vista). Email is our best communication method. Our telephones are busy, and also you will likely get detailed answers via Email. Carlingford email: or Tel: (02) 9871 7777. Norwest email: or Tel: (02) 8883 1173. Alternatively, you can get in touch with us via the Contact us page on this website. https://www.mindconnectionsshs.com.au/get-in-touch/