As a teenage resilience expert and cognitive scientist Paula Dunn works with many teenagers to help create confidence.
During the COVID-19 pandemic Ms Dunn has noticed more students in high school seeking help.
She said a an alternative allied health professional she is partnering with parents to help children tackle challenges being thrown at them in 2020.
One of the major ones is uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus and study.
Most of the demand is presently coming from students in their senior years of high school. Particularly Year 10 and 11 students.
"They are the ones starting to feel the pressure of what has been happening this year. Year 12 students are getting special consideration. But what is not being focused on is the ones in Year 11 now and what is going to happen to them next year".
Ms Dunn is able to help in in several ways and sometimes partners with school psychologists and counselors.
"It is a collaborative approach between myself, the parents and the schools."
Ms Dunn said she has been able to help teenagers with negative thoughts they are having at the moment and wants families to know there are many options available for help. She also recently became registered as an NDIS provider which means she can help students with a disability.
"I want to help teens that are going through the uncertainty and anxiety of what is happening to them now and into the future and giving them the courage, confidence and certainty to thrive."
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