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Teenage Mental Health Retreat

We Treat The Root Cause Of Teenage Depression, Anxiety, Trauma and PTSD

Are you a parent or caregiver of a teenager struggling with depression, anxiety or trauma? Goodsky’s unique teenage depression program is the only one in the country that holistically addresses depression, anxiety  and PTSD in teenagers, offering a comprehensive approach that includes parent support, therapy, education and lifestyle integration.

Our program is designed to foster real change by addressing the root causes of teenage mental health. With the help of an integrated and dedicated care team, both parents and teens are actively involved in learning and applying new skills, committing to treatments, therapies, and ongoing lifestyle adjustments. 

Goodsky paves the way for a healthier, happier future for your teenager.

What Makes A Goodsky Retreat Different?

Goodsky’s teenage retreat stands out because it offers a completely private, confidential, and tailored programme dedicated to the unique needs of each participant. Unlike most mental health retreats that operate in shared or communal spaces, Goodsky provides every teenager and their accompanying parent or guardian with their own private beachside apartment. This ensures a secure, supportive, and distraction-free environment where they can fully focus on recovery.

Each retreat at Goodsky requires that every teenager attends with a parent or guardian who is committed to working alongside the team. This collaborative approach ensures comprehensive support for both the teenager and their family, enhancing the effectiveness of the treatment.

Our exclusive setup includes a personal treatment team and guest services that cater to all your needs, providing undivided attention in a safe environment. This individualised approach is especially effective for teenagers, as it allows them to receive intensive, personalised care without the need to share their retreat experience with others.

Choose Goodsky for a truly individualised retreat experience designed to help teenagers and their families achieve lasting mental wellness. Our programme is dedicated to creating a transformative experience. Each participant receives the support and care they need to achieve a healthier, happier future. Refer to the many evidence-based treatment types available below for more information.

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Features of a Goodsky Retreat

14-28 Day Private Beachside Accomodation

Enjoy secure and private accommodation in a beachside resort apartment, with the option to choose from a range of apartment types, from studios to three-bedroom units. Most retreats last 21 days, but can be longer or shorter.

3-4 Month
Treatment Plan

Our 3-4 month treatment plan offers comprehensive care, including intensive residential treatment combined with pre and post-residential support. This approach ensures continuity of care and sustained progress, providing you with the necessary tools and guidance throughout your entire recovery journey.

40-60 Hours of Integrated Psychotherapy

We provide an immersive therapeutic experience, combining various evidence-based techniques to address your specific needs. Depending on your needs, this extensive program ensures deep, transformative healing and fosters long-term mental health and resilience.

Program and Care Management

Case and program management ensures seamless communication among your treatment team with daily updates and case notes. We monitor every aspect of your schedule and program, provide necessary resources, and source specialists and additional medical history as needed.

Personal Guest

You will have a small team of guests service personnel who will take you to private practice appointments and support you with whatever you may need while on residential. It means that we are with you throughout your stay and you don’t need to worry about finding your way around the coast.

Family Support Stay

We know that family support is crucial to success in this programme. That is why we require a parent or guardian to stay with the teenager at no extra charge. This also provides a great opportunity to access therapies together, such as family equine therapy, cooking classes, counselling, and specific parent-teen relationship therapy.

Our Accomodation

Our Anxiety and Depression Retreat accommodation is located at the picturesque Atlantis Marcoola Beachfront Resort on the Sunshine Coast. Your treatment teams are based at professional practice facilities across the coast rather than a single large centre. This makes our retreat more affordable and ensures we have access to the best practitioners on the Coast.

Guests stay in luxurious, spacious apartments that are fully self-contained, featuring stunning ocean views, modern amenities, and private balconies. Designed for tranquility, the resort offers a heated swimming pool, fitness centre, rooftop spa and direct access to the pristine Marcoola Beach. 

Symptoms of Teenage Depression

Teenager depression symptoms can vary, but there are key indicators that may suggest your teenager is suffering from anxiety, depression, or PTSD. While emotional and behavioural signs are visible, underlying biochemical and microbial imbalances often go undetected. These imbalances can include poor gut health, genetics, hormone issues, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, chronic infections, and inflammation.

If any of the above symptoms are present, consider taking the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales (DASS 21) test to assess their levels of depression, anxiety, and stress. For concerns about PTSD, visit our PTSD retreat page.

Symptoms of Teenage Depression

Does Your Teen Have Depression?

Take the DASS 21 Test

Explore whether your teen may be experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression by taking our DASS 21 test. Developed by leading experts, the DASS 21 is a trusted screening tool designed to assess the presence and severity of anxiety, depression, and stress symptoms. This straightforward assessment can provide valuable insights into their mental health journey.

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Take The Test

Your DASS 21 test can help determine your current level of anxiety, depression and stress.


Outpatient Options

For families seeking comprehensive mental health support without staying in our on-site accommodation, Goodsky offers an outpatient retreat program tailored for teenagers. This flexible option allows you to benefit from our extensive assessment, therapies, and pre- and post-care services while booking your own accommodation on the Sunshine Coast. Our Outpatient Services Include:

Thorough Assessments: Comprehensive mental health evaluations to identify the root causes of your teenager’s challenges.

Personalised Therapies: Access to a variety of therapy options, including individual counselling, group therapy, family sessions, and specialised treatments like equine-assisted therapy and art therapy.

Pre- and Post-Care Support: Continuous support before, during, and after the retreat to ensure sustained progress and integration of new skills and strategies.

By choosing the outpatient retreat, you can enjoy the flexibility of arranging your own accommodation while still receiving the full spectrum of Goodsky’s mental health services. This approach allows your family to maintain a comfortable and familiar environment, enhancing the overall therapeutic experience.

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Book A Free Phone Consultation

We understand that you’re going through a difficult time, and we’re here to help. Please leave your phone number and specify your preferred date and time for a call. An experienced member of Goodsky will personally reach out to you.

Even if you find that Goodsky isn’t the right fit, with our  extensive experience in mental health, we are more than willing to discuss other options and recommend support available to you.

Our Evidence-Based Therapies

At Goodsky, we combine scientific research with a personalised approach to effectively treat anxiety and depression. Our evidence-based treatments, guided by rigorous research, ensure the highest standard of care. Our adaptable programs evolve with you, addressing immediate symptoms and equipping you with skills for long-term mental health.

Goodsky employs a unique  bottom-up processing  approach that emphasises the body and physical sensations to access and process emotional experiences. Anxiety and depression can manifest physically, and by addressing these physical aspects, we facilitate faster and more comprehensive healing. For instance, chronic stress can lead to musculoskeletal pain and tension or cause dysregulation in the gut and hormonal systems, impacting digestion and mood.

Our approach also addresses the nervous system, which can become hyperactive or suppressed due to chronic stress and anxiety. Unlike traditional talk therapy, which primarily relies on verbal communication and cognitive processing, our method integrates body-focused therapies to promote holistic recovery and long-term well-being.

Our comprehensive array of treatments ensures that all aspects of a person’s health—mental, physical, and emotional—are addressed. This allows for tailored care plans that adapt to the unique challenges and preferences of each client, promoting overall wellness and long-term recovery. The integration of various therapeutic modalities maximises the effectiveness of the treatment program, supporting clients in achieving balanced and sustainable health outcomes. Our team collaborates with you to select the best therapeutic modalities for your healing journey.

Below are some of our most popular therapy types.

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Psychiatric Assessment

A Psychiatric Assessment with our consulting psychiatrist involves an in-depth review of your case, covering your treatment journey, medications, and clinical history. Following this assessment, and with your consent, your treatment team will receive a comprehensive and confidential report.  This detailed report includes recommendations for treatment and care, providing top-level clinical insights for case management and medication review. This ensures that your care plan is thoroughly informed and tailored to your specific needs.

EAGALA Equine Therapy

EAGALA Equine Therapy harnesses the therapeutic power of horse interactions in a controlled and facilitated environment. Based on the idea that horses offer a non-judgmental and responsive presence, this therapy allows individuals to explore and address emotional and behavioural issues. EAGALA sessions are guided by a team of mental health professionals and equine specialists who facilitate meaningful interactions between individuals and horses.  This process helps develop self-awareness, emotional regulation, communication and problem-solving skills. 

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Somatic Art Therapy

Art-assisted therapy values the whole person—mind, body, and spirit—by using art and symbolism as powerful tools. Through creative expression, individuals can unlock and release hidden aspects of their subconscious, bringing them to a conscious level. This process is particularly effective in addressing trauma, as it allows clients to explore and process deep-seated emotions and experiences in a safe and supportive environment. By integrating art therapy into our program, we help clients achieve emotional release, self-discovery, and personal growth, fostering a deeper sense of healing and well-being.

ClayField Therapy

The intense tactile experience of working with clay provides a unique therapeutic opportunity to address early attachment issues, developmental setbacks, and traumatic events. By engaging in a primarily nonverbal, body-focused approach, the therapist and client can explore and heal through the sense of touch and the movement of the hands. This method is particularly effective for trauma healing in both adults and children, leveraging the power of tactile engagement to foster profound emotional and psychological recovery.

Family Dynamic Therapy

Family Dynamic and Constellation Therapy aids individuals with PTSD by uncovering and resolving family conflicts and issues that may have contributed to their trauma. By identifying hidden family dynamics and addressing underlying issues, this therapy helps clients gain valuable insights into the origins of their trauma. This process not only promotes healing but also helps develop greater resilience and coping skills, empowering clients to move forward with a deeper understanding of themselves and their family history.


Brainspotting is a technique that uses eye positions to access and process trauma stored in the brain. It will equip you with the latest techniques to safely treat trauma, self-regulate emotions, and address underlying trauma. By identifying and focusing on specific eye positions, Brainspotting helps unlock and resolve deeply rooted emotional pain, promoting healing and recovery.

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Tapping for Mental Health

Tapping (EFT)

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), commonly known tapping, is an approach that combines tapping on acupressure points with cognitive therapy, you will master modern techniques to manage anxiety, stress, and depression, and improve self-worth and emotional resilience.

Heart Rate Variability Therapy

Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Training is a therapeutic technique that uses biofeedback to improve the time intervals between heartbeats. This non-invasive method helps individuals manage stress, regulate emotions, and enhance overall cardiovascular health. HRV training is especially effective for people with PTSD, promoting resilience and well-being.

Gestalt Therapy

Through Gestalt therapy, which emphasises present-moment awareness and personal responsibility, you will learn to actively apply up-to-date tools and skill sets, enabling you to self-regulate mood, anxiety, and stress, heal relationships, and readdress mindsets and self-worth.

Sand Tray Therapy

Sand Tray Therapy offers a unique and creative way for individuals to explore their inner world. Using a tray filled with sand and a variety of miniature figures, participants create scenes that reflect their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. This non-verbal therapeutic approach allows for deep expression and insight.

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Counseling at our mental health retreat provides a safe and supportive environment where individuals can explore their thoughts and emotions with a trained therapist, helping them to overcome challenges, gain insights, and foster personal growth.

Somatic Expressive Therapy

Somatic Expressive Therapy integrates body awareness and expressive techniques to help individuals release trauma and emotional blockages. By combining movement, breathwork and creative expression, participants can reconnect with their bodies and access deeper layers of healing.

Advanced Medicine Treatments

WAVI Scan and Report

WAVI is an all-in-one brain measurement platform that provides objective information about brain function. The WAVi system uses well-established evoked EEG technology to record electrical signatures of the brain, providing doctors, researchers and wellness experts with actionable, data-driven reports.

Neurofeedback Scan

At the forefront of mental health treatment is QEEG neurofeedback. This innovative therapy uses EEG scans to map your brain's activity and tailors a treatment program to optimise neural activity and connectivity. Proven effective for individuals with depression, PTSD, anxiety, and related sleep and bodily function issues, this technique offers a personalised and cutting-edge approach to mental health care.

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Sleep Study

As part of your program, we will assess your sleep and oxygen saturation levels to establish a baseline and identify areas for improvement. Quality sleep is essential for treating mental health conditions and will be crucial in achieving the desired outcomes.

Transdermal Magnetic Stimulation

Transdermal Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. TMS is utilised to treat conditions like depression and anxiety by targeting specific brain regions associated with mood regulation. This therapy can help improve mental clarity, elevate mood, and promote overall mental well-being through regular, carefully administered sessions.

Extensive Pathology

We conduct initial testing using both private and Medicare-covered labs to uncover any contributing factors to your condition. If necessary, we also provide referrals to specialists and arrange scans. Our goal is to help you identify the underlying causes of your mental health symptoms and understand the physical impact of trauma, providing you with comprehensive answers and a clear path forward.


The HOCATT sauna combines ozone therapy, carbonic acid therapy, and far-infrared rays to detoxify the body, improve circulation, and boost the immune system. This powerful treatment supports mental health recovery and is a popular addition to our treatment options.

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Live Blood Analysis for Mental Health Australia

Live Blood Analysis

Live Blood Analysis is a diagnostic technique that involves examining a small sample of blood under a high-powered microscope. This analysis provides immediate insights into the health of your blood cells, revealing potential imbalances or deficiencies. By observing the live blood sample, practitioners can identify issues such as nutrient deficiencies, oxidative stress, and signs of inflammation.

Sound Therapy

Neuroacoustic Sound Therapy is an innovative treatment that uses carefully designed sound frequencies to influence brainwave activity and promote mental and physical healing. By listening to these therapeutic sounds, individuals can achieve states of deep relaxation, reduce stress, and enhance cognitive function.

Ozone Therapy

Ozone Therapy is a holistic treatment that uses ozone gas, a highly reactive form of oxygen, to stimulate the body's natural healing processes. This therapy aims to enhance oxygen delivery to tissues, boost the immune system, reduce inflammation and detoxify the body. Participants can experience increased vitality, improved circulation, and a greater sense of wellbeing.

Oxygen Therapy

Oxygen Therapy enhances overall well-being by increasing oxygen levels in the body, promoting healing and energy. Through specialised sessions, participants experience improved mental clarity, reduced stress, and revitalised physical health, making it a powerful complement to our holistic treatment approach.

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Photobiomodulation (PBM) is a non-invasive therapy that uses specific wavelengths of light to stimulate cellular function and promote healing. PBM helps reduce inflammation, enhance tissue repair and improve mood and cognitive function. Through targeted light exposure, participants can experience accelerated recovery, pain relief and an overall boost in physical and mental well-being.

Hydrogen Therapy

Hydrogen Therapy involves inhaling or ingesting molecular hydrogen, known for its powerful antioxidant properties.This therapy aims to reduce oxidative stress, improve cellular health, and enhance overall well-being. Participants can experience benefits such as reduced inflammation, increased energy levels, and improved mental clarity.

Behavioural Optometry

Behavioural Optometry focuses on the relationship between vision and behaviour, addressing how visual function affects daily activities and overall well-being. This approach includes comprehensive eye exams and personalised visual therapy to improve visual skills, enhance learning abilities and reduce visual stress.

Private Pathology Testing

Private pathology testing is conducted to obtain detailed and timely diagnostic information about an individual's health. It can help identify underlying medical conditions, monitor treatment progress, and tailor personalised health plans. This comprehensive approach ensures that participants receive accurate diagnoses and effective interventions.

Alternative Therapies

Frequency Specific Microcurrent

Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) therapy is a cutting-edge treatment that uses low-level electrical currents to target specific tissues, promoting both physical and mental health. By applying precise frequencies, FSM can help balance neurotransmitter levels, reduce stress, and alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression, enhancing overall brain function and emotional well-being. Additionally, FSM supports cellular repair and reduces inflammation, aiding in the recovery from physical ailments.


Over the course of your 3-4 month program, your mental health naturopath will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your situation, including lifestyle habits, nutrition (through food logs), and neurotransmitter levels via gut bacterial metabolism evaluations. They will also examine digestive absorption, genetics, stress hormone levels, and more to create a holistic understanding of your health.

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This ancient Indian healing system balances the body, mind, and spirit. We begin with a comprehensive assessment to tailor a personalised plan, including dietary recommendations, herbal remedies, detoxification, yoga and meditation. Ayurveda addresses the root causes of mental health issues, promoting deep healing and long-term well-being.


Herbalism uses natural plant remedies to support healing and well-being. Our herbalist provides personalised consultations to address individual health needs, promoting balance and vitality through the power of nature.

Bioresonance Therapy

Bioresonance therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses electromagnetic waves to detect and address imbalances within the body's cells. By identifying these imbalances, bioresonance therapy aims to stimulate the body's natural healing processes, promoting optimal health and well-being.

Breathwork and Meditation

Breathwork is a powerful practice that uses controlled breathing techniques to reduce stress, enhance emotional well-being, and promote mental clarity.

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Physical Therapies


Physical stress and trauma remain in the body until released, making it essential to address these physical manifestations to effectively treat anxiety, depression, PTSD, and trauma. Understanding the physical impacts of these conditions and providing targeted treatments can lead to significant relief and healing.

Exercise Physiology

Exercise by prescription is essential in so many areas of mental and physical health. We do a thorough assessment and training schedule to:
• create a biochemical shift in your body that directly effects mental health
• ensure that you are moving correctly
• identify and confirm weakened areas
• provide a stretch and exercise plan
• avoid injury and release tension

We can provide supervised training sessions and give you confidence to continue independently at your own pace.

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Massage Therapy

Massage therapy helps alleviate physical tension, reduce stress, and promote relaxation. Our skilled therapists use a variety of techniques tailored to your specific needs to enhance circulation, relieve muscle pain, and support emotional well-being.


For more than 25 years, HeartMath Institute has been researching the heart-brain connection and learning how the heart influences our perceptions, emotions, intuition and health.

HeartMath meditation is a heart-focused breathing meditation that can help you quickly change from feeling stressed to feeling calm. Science-based and used worldwide, HeartMath meditation uses breathing techniques to bring about coherence — the alignment of your physical, mental and emotional systems to work in sync.

National Park Walks

Experience the beauty of Noosa National Park and Coolum National Park with your personal trainer. Our guided walks offer the perfect opportunity to explore local parks and sights while incorporating daily movement. Whether on the beach or walking tracks, these sessions are designed to work on exercise areas recommended by your treatment team. Enjoy the many benefits of getting out into nature.

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Massage therapy helps alleviate physical tension, reduce stress, and promote relaxation. Our skilled therapists use a variety of techniques tailored to your specific needs to enhance circulation, relieve muscle pain, and support emotional well-being.

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Myotherapy Sunshine Coast


Myotherapy involves the assessment, treatment, and management of musculoskeletal pain and associated conditions. Using techniques such as deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy and corrective exercises, our myotherapist aims to alleviate pain, improve movement and enhance overall physical function.


Physiotherapy involves the assessment and treatment of physical dysfunctions and injuries through exercises, manual therapy and education. Our experienced physiotherapists develop treatment plans to improve mobility, strengthen muscles and alleviate pain. By addressing physical health comprehensively, physiotherapy can enhance overall well-being.

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At our mental health retreat, we offer various forms of yoga to suit different needs and preferences. From the gentle and foundational Hatha Yoga to more rigorous and structured Vinyasa, our practices cater to all levels. For those seeking deep relaxation and stress relief, we provide Restorative Yoga, while Yin Yoga offers slow-paced, deep stretches to enhance joint mobility. Each style is designed to promote overall well-being and support mental and physical health.

The Watson Method

The Watson Method is a specialised physiotherapy approach designed to treat headaches and migraines by focusing on the upper cervical spine. This method involves precise manual techniques to assess and correct dysfunctions in the upper neck joints. The Watson Method aims to reduce the frequency and intensity of headaches, improve posture, and enhance overall well-being for individuals suffering from chronic headaches.

The Choicepoint Method

The ChoicePoint Method is a therapeutic approach designed to help individuals make conscious, positive changes in their lives by identifying and shifting limiting beliefs and behaviours. This method involves personal coaching sessions with the focus on self-awareness, goal setting and practical strategies for overcoming obstacles. By aligning actions with core values and aspirations, participants can achieve greater fulfilment, improved mental clarity and a more purposeful life.


Pilates focuses on enhancing core strength, flexibility and overall body awareness through controlled, precise movements. Our sessions aim to improve posture, balance and muscle tone while reducing stress and promoting relaxation. Suitable for all fitness levels, Pilates supports both physical and mental well-being by fostering a strong, balanced body and a calm, focused mind.

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Diet and Nutrition

Tailored Meal Plan

During your stay, all meals and snacks are provided through a tailored plan designed to meet your individual needs. We start with a consultation to review any allergies, intolerances, and preferences, and then create a meal plan prepared fresh by a professional chef and delivered to you twice weekly.

Ensuring a balanced diet is especially important for teenagers, particularly for regulating blood sugar levels, which can significantly impact mood, energy, and overall mental health.

Chef Prepared Meals

All meals are made to order in a commercial kitchen by our consulting chef. All meals meet your preferences and requirements.

If you choose to cater your own meals, we will give you recommendations and guidance to optimise your healing. We will talk to your teen about the importance of a balanced diet for regulating blood sugar levels, which can significantly impact mood, energy and overall mental health.

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Supplements for mental health


Supplements are provided based on pathology results to assist in stabilisation if needed, using only the best quality brands like metagenics. This support continues throughout the residential phase and into the post-program support phase.

Dietitian and Nutritionist

Our Nutritionist and Dietitian services provide dietary guidance to support overall health and well-being. By assessing individual nutritional needs, allergies and intolerances, our experts create tailored meal plans that promote balanced eating habits, enhance energy levels and support mental clarity. They also focus on optimising gut health, which is crucial for overall wellness. Through education and one-on-one consultations, participants can achieve optimal long term nutrition.

Microbiome Assessment

Our Microbiome Assessment provides a detailed analysis of your gut health. By examining the composition of your gut microbiota, our experts can identify imbalances and tailor dietary and lifestyle recommendations. This assessment aims to improve digestion, boost immunity and enhance overall well-being, supporting both physical and mental health through optimal gut health.

MTHFR Assessment

This test examines genetic variations in the MTHFR gene, which can affect how your body processes folate and other essential nutrients. By identifying these variations, our experts can provide dietary and lifestyle recommendations to optimise methylation and enhance detoxification.

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Lifestyle Enhancements

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Day Spa and Beauty Therapy

Day Spa services can support mental health recovery through relaxation and rejuvenation. These treatments, including skin analysis, facials and manicures can help enhance self-esteem, and promote a sense of well-being.

Lifestyle Coaching

Our lifestyle coach works with you to set meaningful goals, develop healthy habits, and create sustainable routines that support your physical, mental and emotional well-being. Through one-on-one sessions, you will gain insights and strategies to enhance your overall quality of life, empowering you to make positive, lasting changes.

Infrared Sauna

A therapeutic experience that promotes relaxation and detoxification. The infrared heat penetrates deeply into the body, helping to relieve muscle tension, reduce stress and enhance circulation. This soothing treatment supports overall wellness by boosting the immune system, improving skin health and promoting a sense of calm and rejuvenation.

Magnesium Bath Soak

A Magnesium Bath Soak offers a relaxing and therapeutic experience to enhance physical and mental well-being. Soaking in magnesium-rich water helps to relieve muscle tension, reduce stress and promote restful sleep. This soothing treatment supports overall relaxation, eases aches and pains, and replenishes vital minerals, leaving you feeling rejuvenated and balanced.


Professional hair care and styling can help you look and feel your best. Whether you need a trim, a new style, or a complete makeover, a skilled hairdresser can provide the right advice. This pampering experience not only enhances your appearance but also boosts your confidence.

Fun and Adventure

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We suggest a range of activities for teens to enjoy with their parent or caregiver. These locally available activities are designed to support mental health and well-being. While we don’t necessarily attend these activities, we provide detailed information and recommendations to help you make the most of your time together.

Engaging in activities together can improve communication and understanding between teens and their caregivers, strengthening relationships. Complementing therapy sessions with enjoyable and meaningful activities can reinforce positive outcomes and encourage sustained engagement, supporting recovery. Many activities on the Sunshine Coast, such as nature walks, art classes, and equine therapy, promote well-being by offering a holistic approach to mental health recovery.

Water Based Activities

• Cable Skiing
• Dragon Boat Racing
• Surfing Lessons
• Barramundi Fishing
• Hydrofoil Lessons
• Stand Up Paddling
• Kayaking
• Inflatable Obstacle Course

Adventure Activities

• Treetop Challenge Ropes Course
• Mountain Biking
• Waterfall Walks
• Photography Walks
• Horseback Riding

Recreational Activities

• Australia Zoo
• Go-Karting
• Trampolining
• Arcade Games
• Cinema Experience

Why You Should Seek Help

The mental health of teenagers in Australia is in a critical state, with significant numbers experiencing serious disorders. If your child is suffering from depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, or PTSD, we strongly encourage you to reach out and address their condition with effective, real-life interventions for their long-term health and future well-being. Below are some statistics and studies that serve as a strong reminder of the seriousness of our children’s mental health .

Prevalence of Mental Health Disorders:

  • Overall Rates: Almost two in five (39.6%) people aged 16-24 experienced a 12-month mental disorder in 2020-21, higher than the 27.1% prevalence among 25-34 year olds and 11.4% among those aged 65-74 years (Australian Bureau of Statistics, Orygen).
  • Rates Increasing: Almost half (42.3 per cent) of people aged 15 to 24 were psychologically distressed in 2021, up from 18.4 per cent in 2011 (HILDA).

Mental Health Consultations:

  • Health Professional Visits: Approximately 24.1% of young people aged 16-34 sought help from a health professional for their mental health issues, with many reporting that their needs were not fully met by these consultations (Orygen).
  • Overnight hospitalisation rates: Rates of hospitaisation with psychiatric care for people aged 12 to 17 have almost doubled since 2011, again largely driven by increases among girls, AIHW data

Gender Differences:

  • Prevalence: Females aged 16-24 had a higher prevalence of 12-month mental disorders at 46.6%, compared to 31.2% for males in the same age group (Australian Bureau of Statistics).
  • Anxiety Disorders: More common among females (21.0%) than males (12.4%). Similarly, affective disorders were higher in females (8.5%) compared to males (6.2%) (Australian Bureau of Statistics).
  • Self Harm: In 2021-2022, Australians aged 13 to18 were 3.4 times more likely than adults to be hospitalised for injuries caused by intentional self-harm, AIHW data shows. Girls accounted for more than four in five of these hospitalisations.
  • Serious Mental Illness: Females are approximately twice as likely as males to meet the criteria for serious mental illness, with a more pronounced increase in mental health issues among females over recent years (Mission Australia).
  • Substance Use: Substance use disorders were almost twice as common in males (4.4%) compared to females (2.3%).  (Australian Bureau of Statistics).

Suicide Rates:

  • Overall Rates: In 2022, there were 3,249 deaths by suicide in Australia, translating to an age-standardised rate of 12.3 deaths per 100,000 people, with a slight increase from 2021 (Australian Bureau of Statistics, AIHW).
  • Youth Rates: For young people aged 15-24, the rate of suicide was significantly higher than in other age groups, particularly among Indigenous youth, where the rate is three times higher than that of non-Indigenous Australians in the same age group (AIHW).
  • Leading Cause of Death: Suicide remains the leading cause of death among young people aged 15-24 years, accounting for almost one-third of all deaths in this age group in 2022 (AIHW, Australian Bureau of Statistics).

Impact of Smartphones:

  • Mental Health Decline: The rise in smartphone use among teenagers has been linked to increased feelings of depression, anxiety, and poor self-esteem. Studies indicate a 50% increase in major depressive episodes among teens from 2011 to 2015, coinciding with the widespread adoption of smartphones (Harvard Gazette).
  • Sleep and Social Interaction: Smartphone use negatively impacts sleep patterns and reduces face-to-face social interactions, which are crucial for mental well-being. Teens spending more time on social media report higher levels of depression and anxiety (BMC Psychiatry).
  • Self-Harm and Suicidal Behaviour: Increased online exposure to self-harm content can normalise such behaviours among teens, contributing to higher rates of self-harm and suicidal thoughts (Psychology Today).

Contact Us

If your teen is struggling with anxiety and depression, don’t wait — seeking treatment early can lead to positive long-term outcomes. Contact us today to discuss how our comprehensive treatment options can help your teen begin the journey to healing and a better quality of life.

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