Taking a different approach to helping young people

HELP: Thriving Now psychologist Jamon Hobbs says the team aims to help children who are disengaged at school, helping them find what is holding them back.

HELP: Thriving Now psychologist Jamon Hobbs says the team aims to help children who are disengaged at school, helping them find what is holding them back.

SINCE 2017, Thriving Now has been helping people with dyslexia, autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

Thriving Now psychologist Jamon Hobbs said the team wanted to help young people who were disengaged at school.

"This involves helping them to find what is holding them back or got them stuck as well as supporting them to improve in this area," Jamon said.

"It is equally important to find what it is that that young person finds easy and can excel at and doubling down on that."

Thriving Now is a growing team with two psychologists, a job coach and support worker, as well as an administration team.

The service offers diagnosis and support for people suspected of dyslexia, autism or ADHD.

"This includes working in our clinic at Capalaba, working with teachers and students at their school and running our equine therapy at Burbank," Jamon said.

BACK IN THE SADDLE: Thriving Now runs school holiday social groups at Cherbon Waters Equestrian centre for adolescents and adults.

BACK IN THE SADDLE: Thriving Now runs school holiday social groups at Cherbon Waters Equestrian centre for adolescents and adults.

"We also have a therapy dog who will start working with me in the coming months."

What sets Thriving Now apart is the way the team "do things differently to help those people we advocate for using the latest technology and techniques to really make a difference in their lives", Jamon said.

This includes cognitive assessments and also working with animals. "We are a team of allied health professionals that genuinely care about what we do," Jamon said.

"We go the extra mile to support people to turn their lives around.

"Oh, and we have horses and a therapy dog!"

When a child or adolescent is "stuck at school" it is unhelpful to simply do nothing.

Research and clinical experience in this area suggests finding out what is not working and getting help for it is the best way to go.

Thriving Now's clinic rooms at Capalaba provide a welcoming environment and caring team, helping individuals overcome the issues that are holding them back.

At an initial session, a client will be met by a professional who will listen and understand the issues with which the client needs help.

The psychologist will discuss elements of yours or your child's history that may be important in understanding the current problem.

At the end of this first session you and your psychologist would have discussed and agreed the goals of therapy, an approach to take and the details of how to proceed such as the frequency of sessions.

"I really love working with the people in the Redlands," Jamon said.

"We meet so many down-to-earth people who care about others.

"We also love the natural environment in this part of the world."

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