Welcome to Teenage Toolbox!
A gentle Psychotherapeutic approach to address:
Feelings and Emotions
Anxiety and Depression
Resilience and Self-Esteem
Fear and Overwhelm
Eating Disorders and Self-Harm
Teenage Toolbox was established in 2013 following Sue O'Callaghan's work in prisons, where she witnessed first-hand the devastating consequence of unaddressed trauma in young people's lives.
Concerned that New Zealand had among the highest rates of suicide worldwide, Sue began working with youth self-harm and addiction. It wasn't long before she saw the need for support - not only for teenagers and young twenties - but also parents and teachers who were desperate to see their children and students assisted through a mental health crisis. Over the past eight years, Teenage Toolbox has helped over eight hundred and thirty individuals.
Teenage Toolbox recognises we are not only living in a rapidly changing and uncertain world but also facing one of the largest pandemics to threaten our modern world - a mental health one.
As rising numbers of our youth are dealing with fear, anxiety, depression, disordered eating, self-harm, insomnia, aggression and addiction, mental health services are overwhelmed.
Teenage Toolbox is unique in that it offers an integrative approach to mental health, shifting away from a model of pathologising behaviour and medicating symptoms.
Its aim is twofold:
1. To offer a compassionate and holistic resource for parents and young adults (10 - 25) to mentor them through life-changing trauma-informed therapy and release them from harmful behaviour and addiction.
2. To provide early intervention and preventative trauma-informed education programmes for parents, schools and teacher training institutions to affect the long-term mental health outcome through influencing policy and procedure.
One-on-one sessions are 60-minutes, held via Zoom, or in person (Auckland, New Zealand).
For sessions, or school/university/public event bookings, please
"Teenage Toolbox was the first service we came across where we felt seen, heard and understood as parents. We cannot imagine a child that wouldn't thrive with Sue. She has a remarkable gift working with teens, relating to their world and inspiring change. We will be forever grateful for the tools she has given us all as a family and the level of compassion shown".
"No one is ever a problem. We are merely all struggling to work through our pain, insecurity, and fear.
When individuals are heard, held, and empowered with strategies that heal - then we create lasting transformational growth!"