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Mindtrix 
Teen Program

Our call to action

We are passionate about teens becoming mentally strong - now and into the future. We have developed our programs to meet the needs of teens today and for what's to come.

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Are you concerned about your teen finding their place in the world? 

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Are you seeking to support your teen to be develop their sense of self?

Have you noticed that your teen has difficulty understanding others?

Meet our team

We have applied a reflective and integrated approach to offer a half-day program and a four-week program. By holding up a mirror to our own experiences from childhood to adolescence to adulthood, and drawing on evidence-based wellbeing and developmental theories and strategies, our programs offer teens a pathway to thrive in life. 

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Dr. Liz Goldenberg

Wellbeing Scientist

Dr. Liz is an expert in Social Psychology, Emotion Regulation, Motivation Science, and Leadership, completing her PhD on the Effects of Emotion Regulation on Achievement, at UNSW.

 

In the U.S., she worked at Harvard Business School's “Happy Lab” and at New York University’s Graduate School of Public Service as an Adjunct Professor.

 

In the U.K, she was a Researcher in Cambridge University's Wellbeing Institute and also a Policy Advisor in the Department of Health. She worked as a Consultant at the United Nations (UN Women), leading the National Advocacy and Communications Strategy and Action Plan for Gender Equality in the Ukraine.

 

In 2018, she also founded The Adaptology Institute and has also co-founded a number of social enterprises in Australia and the U.S., such as Flourishing World Programme.

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Lindy Freedman

Registered Psychologist

Lindy is a Psychologist who is passionate about mental health and wellbeing, psycho-education; personal development, resilience & skill building; and cultural and organisational effectiveness.

She has both corporate and clinical experience in assessment, designing and developing psycho-educational training programs and interventions, and in research and evaluation. 

She has worked across a variety of areas including Infant Mental Health and Attachment, Addiction and Recovery, Childhood and Adolescent Wellbeing and Learning Enhancement, as well as Parental Support.

In July 2020, she established Connectfully as a psychology private practice that aims to develop and strengthen connections within oneself, families and school communities. 
 

What we offer

Our Programs are evidence-based, incorporating principles and strategies from Positive Psychology, Acceptance & Commitment Theory, Flourishing research, Inter-personal neuro-biology and more.

Growing Forth

 

Half-day workshop

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuesday 4 July

$240/participant

This mid-year masterclass offers teens the opportunity to reflect and reset. We will take a deep dive into the origins of their goals and help them define and refine their choices and direction in life. 

 

This masterclass is for teens over 15 years. It will especially benefit Year 10 and Year 11 students. 

Growing Forth

 

Half-day workshop

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuesday 11 July

$240/participant

This mid-year masterclass offers teens the opportunity to reflect and reset. We will take a deep dive into the origins of their goals and help them define their direction if they are feeling lost or stuck. 

 

This masterclass is for teens over 15 years. It will especially benefit Year 10 and Year 11 students. 

The Teen In-Between

 

4-week program

5:30 - 7:00 PM

Tuesdays

22 Aug, 29 Aug, 5 Sep, 12 Sep

$360/participant

This four-week program is for teens 15-18 years to develop a strong psychological foundation to navigate life's challenges and open up to life's opportunities.

 

Teens will learn skills to increase self-understanding, to develop values-aligned decision making, and to understand others.

Answers to commonly asked questions

  • What does a Psychologist do?
    From Lindy: A psychologist is a professional trained in the science of how people think, feel, behave and learn. We consider what has set in motion current difficulties and apply evidence-based approaches and tools to support each individual to develop skills. Sometimes, I say, a psychologist is a like a coach for the mind - being by someone's side (to give encouragement and guidance) as they navigate their way toward their goals. There is often a misconception that psychologists can "fix" people. As a psychologist, I can't "fix" anyone - I can only offer professional and targeted intervention and support so that each person is able to solve the problems that are affecting their life. Whilst I am not a handyman or a magician, I use my 'tooklit' to support each person to gain insights and find solutions to meet their needs.
  • Do I need a referral?
    You do not need a referral to book an appointment or see a psychologist. However, having a referral can reduce the fees payable: To receive a Medicare rebate (for up to 10 sessions per calendar year), a valid Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP) is required from a GP, psychiatrist or pediatrician. Depending on your Private Health Fund, you may be eligible for a rebate and no MHTP is required. You would need to check your eligibility with your Private Health Fund directly. Note: You cannot claim for both a Medicare and a Private Health Fund rebate for the same session. NDIS Participants For Self-Managed and Plan-Managed NDIS Participants, you have the choice to use Connectfully if you have a Capacity Building budget (note: Lindy is a non-NDIS Registered Provider who adheres to NDIS requirements). It is the responsibility of the NDIS Participant or Nominated Representative of the Participant to ensure their: NDIS Plan has an allocated NDIS Budget for Capacity Building - Improved Daily Living. NDIS Budget can cover Connectfully's fees. NDIS Plan is provided to Connectfully at the initial appointment so that a Psychological Therapy Plan can be developed which addresses the NDIS goals.
  • What can I expect at the first session?
    If you have a MHTP referral or an NDIS Plan, you must provide this prior to or bring with this documentation to the first session (initial appointment). The first session is about understanding your history, current needs and struggles, and goals for intervention. Topics discussed include family, social, developmental/school/work, social, medical/health, and lifestyle. Having a full picture of what's happening for you and around you is the first step in building perspective, understanding and planning the therapeutic journey with you. The first session is typically 75-90 minutes. For NDIS Participants, after this session, a Psychological Therapy Plan will be developed which addresses one's NDIS goals.
  • How many sessions will I be attending?
    Every person's needs and current situation are different and so the frequency and number of sessions will reflect that: GPs can currently issue up to 10 sessions subject to Medicare rebates per calendar year. For NDIS funded individuals, the number of sessions will be based on their NDIS goals and allocated NDIS funds/budget. To ensure that we are on track, goals for each session are discussed and we agree to a plan. We offer each person some recommended reflections or exercises to complete between sessions (what we like to call 'me-work'). We are both "doing the work" as part of a collaborative therapeutic partnership.
  • How much do sessions cost?
    From January 2024: Mental Health Treatment Plan and Private (including CPS Coaching) Fees The initial appointment is 75-90 minutes and is $281.25 - $337.50. This fee can be pro-rated should it be less than 90 minutes. Ongoing (standard) appointments can be 50 minutes ($187.50) or 60 minutes ($225). For Mental Health Treatment Plans, the Medicare rebate per session is $93.35. NDIS Fees (guided by the NDIA Price Guide 2023-2024) The initial appointment is 75-90 minutes and is $281.25 - $337.50. This fee can be pro-rated should it be less than 90 minutes. Ongoing (standard) appointments can be 30 minutes ($112.50), 45 minutes ($168.75) or 60 minutes ($225). The NDIS Participant or Nominated Representative of the Participant is responsible for ensuring the allocated NDIS Budget can cover Connectfully's proposed Psychological Therapy Plan for the agreed number of Sessions. NDIS Review Reports if requested are charged at $225/hour. Important Message about Hourly Rates Your money and my time are both valuable. My hourly rate covers both: (1) our direct time together AND (2) some of my indirect time. Consultation with other relevant Service Providers and Teachers is charged is charged at $225/hour. Special Report Requests Specific report requests are individually quoted for. Lindy requires a minimum of four weeks notice.
  • How do I book?
    For existing clients, the easiest way to book an appointment is direct through our online booking portal. We encourage enquiries to email connect@connectfully.com.au.
  • What is your Cancellation Policy?
    If you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment, please advise us no later than 24 hours prior to your appointment. Connectfully reserves the right to charge 50% of the full appointment fee should a client not show up to an appointment or does not cancel or reschedule within 24 hours of the appointment. A reminder text message or email is sent to you at least 24 hours before your scheduled appointment so you can confirm or cancel your appointment. COVID-19 / cold and flu symptoms: If you have any symptoms of being unwell and/or someone in your household unwell, please cancel your in person appointment (Telehealth or rescheduling are alternative options).
  • What happens to the information I share with you and that you collect?
    All notes from sessions are entered into our client management system. All data drives and S3 storage are encrypted using secure and industry compliant encryption technology. We do not share your information with anyone unless we have your written consent to do so. Your information is confidential. However, we may be required legally to break this confidentiality if there is a potential risk or safety concern for you and/or another person.
  • Help! My child or teen isn't keen to attend.
    Let's get curious! Please check in with your child or teen about their reluctance to attend. Do they think they're in trouble? Are they worried they won't know what to say? Are they worried they'll be judged for what they share? Do they think I'm a Doctor? (I'm not). It's important to find out what's getting in their way and try to solve that. No one wants to be dragged to an appointment and it certainly is confronting to have someone they don't know asking all sorts of personal questions. Share this website with your child - hopefully they see we're in this to help people and really want to understand. We're non-judgemental and care about each person finding their unqiue way forward. If your child or teen is still feeling rather stuck, please reach out to me on email. I'm happy to offer a few more tips.
  • Do you provide Expert Reports for Family Court?
    Such a request is outside of my scope of expertise. I cannot provide an Expert Report as Psychologists who prepare such reports are expected to be highly skilled in assessment and the preparation of reports for Court, typically Forensic Psychologists. I am not a forensically trained Psychologist nor do I conduct family assessments. I can, however, provide support to children for particular goals (such as emotional regulation, anxiety reduction, and collaborative problem-solving) and provide general advice to parents about supporting children with concerning behaviour.
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