Practice Phone Number: 0478238896 Fax number: 03 9005 2808
JLP is excited to announce that our principal psychologist and provisional psychologist, Andrea Ong, will be running an 8-week small-group therapy programme (total of 12 therapy hours) this year at our Moorabbin practice for late-diagnosed/identified neurodivergent adults (over 18 years old, ASD and/or ADHD). Recognising the lack of support available for neurodivergent individuals who were not identified until their adulthood, JLP has proudly created this small group program tailored to the unique support needs of this group.
Expression of interest for the group is now officially open and numbers will be very limited (6 to maximum 8 participants). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or for expression of interest.
More details about the group, including topics that will be covered in each week's session, can be found on the flyer below (you can also click on the button to download the PDF version, if you wish).
A formal diagnosis is not required to be eligible, as long as you identify as being neurodivergent following self-reflection and learning about ASD/ADHD. Each session is 1.5 hours, where a topic is presented, and participants can discuss or share thoughts on the day’s topic within a safe and confidential space. It is an opportunity for participants to meet and get to know fellow neurodivergent minds. However, there will be no pressure for participants to speak, and you are welcome to speak as much, or as little, as you wish to during the sessions. Participants will be given a handout at the start of each session to jot down their reflections or insights as they go along, as well as a folder to keep all their handouts safely to help refresh their memory on the content after the sessions.
The group facilitators would like to encourage participants to bring along any personal sensory aide (e.g., noise cancelling headphones, caps, sunglasses, etc) or fidget tools that help them regulate or stay present. A big box of fidget tools is always available in each of our rooms, but we understand that sometimes the ones from home just work differently :) Being a neurodivergent-friendly space, we understand that stimming can help a person express themselves or to regulate, and hence stimming is welcomed and encouraged. During the group, if any participants feel triggered or overwhelmed for any reason and would like to take a 5-min break, a separate quiet room is set up, so that you can have a quiet break away from the group before rejoining. One of the co-facilitators would drop by for a gentle check-in after 5 minutes, just to make sure everything is alright.
*Please note: New and former clients (i.e., clients who have not had therapy appointments at the service for more than 3 months) will need to attend an initial consultation prior to group registration to determine suitability of the group. If deemed suitable, the facilitators will be in touch to help you register. Partial Medicare rebates, or use of NDIS funding, may be possible. Please enquire for further information.
Notes from Jasmine on creating this group:
"It's always tricky to try to define who a group programme is for, I'd imagine, especially when inclusivity is an important value for me. As much as I dream about creating a group that is for everyone, it's important to clearly define the target group for the programme, so that it has an appropriate focus. The decision to start with this target group is because I am aware that there are many group programmes for children and adolescents, but groups for neurodivergent adults are very rare in comparison, especially for those who are only diagnosed/identified later in their lives, as adults. It represents a serious gap between support offered and existing support needs. This is why I decided to tailor and run a programme specifically for this group of individuals as the practice's very first group programme."