Adolescent Family Therapy and Mediation Service
RAPS and Touchstone are the two services run by Relationships Australia NSW. Adolescent Family Therapy and Mediation helps parents and adolescents resolve difficulties and improve family relationships.
Our family therapists help families with the following difficulties:
Disagreements about family rules and expectations
Arguments that are becoming physical or threatening
Family upheaval due to separation, divorce, loss or other trauma.
We can also provide support in addressing other adolescent difficulties including:
Drug and alcohol use
Running away from home
Truancy and school difficulties
Illegal activities, such as stealing, damage to property, assault.
Our staff are qualified professional psychologists or social workers with post graduate training in family therapy. All of our therapists meet the approval requirements of the Attorney General’s Department. All staff receive ongoing professional supervision and training.
At RAPS, a fee is paid at the end of each session based on a sliding scale, according to household income. People receiving their income solely from Centrelink pay a small fee. At Touchstone, counselling fees are dependent on family income. Counselling is free for families with a limited income.
After families have seen a Family Therapist, they may be invited to attend a special group program. Group programs are developed each term or as needs arise.
RAPS is located in Parramatta and accepts families across the Sydney area. No referral is required. Contact us during office hours. Open Monday to Friday.
RAPS appointments are also available on Tuesdays at our Relationships Australia city office at 175 Castlereagh Street, Sydney.
RAPS does not provide telephone counselling nor is it a crisis service.
Touchstone is located in Wollongong and accepts families across the Illawarra area. Contact us to find out more, or to book an appointment.