Louise is a clinical psychologist who obtained her Masters degree in Clinical Psycholgy from the University of Sydney. Louise has experience in a number of clinic, health, community and university settings. She works with a range of adults, teenagers and children in individual therapy. She gives presentations to school students on managing stress. She has also co-authored several books (Good Thinking: A teenagers guide to managing stress and emotions using CBT; Taking Charge: A Guide for Teenagers; Dolly Doctor: your body your life-every question answered and Dolly Doctor: The Boy Book) and for many years answered questions in the Dolly Doctor; Love & Life column for Dolly Magazine. She has also developed and presented seminars covering a variety of mental health and well-being subjects for professionals, teachers and the general public.
Edelman, S & Remond, LC 2004, Taking Charge, Foundation for Lide Sciences, Sydney, Australia.
Kang, M, Cannon, B, Remond, LC & Quine, S 2009, 'Is it normal to feel these questions ...?': a content analysis of the health concerns of adolescent girls writing to a magazine', Family Practice, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 196-203.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Background. There is a mismatch between presenting concerns of adolescents to GPs and behaviours that lead to adolescent morbidity and mortality. Better understanding of health concerns of this target group would enhance communication between health professionals and adolescent patients. Objective. To explore and categorize the health concerns of adolescent girls sending unsolicited emails to a teenage girls' magazine. Method. We conducted a content analysis of 1000 systematic randomly selected unsolicited emails submitted to the health column of an Australian adolescent girls' magazine over a 6-month period. Results. Three main foci of concern were identified: Context of Concern, Health Issue of Concern and Advice Sought for Concern. Within Health Issue of Concern, there were five categories: body (47.5%), sex (31.9%), relationship (14.7%), mind (4.7%) and violence and/or safety (1.2%). Concerns within the body and sex categories ranged enormously, but frequently expressed intimate descriptions of anatomy, feelings, sexual practices and relationships. Many concerns occurred in the context of adolescents' relationships with others. The proportion of concerns about physical or psychological symptoms or health issues commonly associated with the adolescent age group (such as health risk behaviours, mental health, pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections) was relatively small. Conclusions. GPs and other health professionals might engage more readily with adolescent patients with a deeper understanding of the concerns that adolescents have about their bodies, relationships and overall health. Seemingly 'trivial' issues, such as normal puberty, could be used as discussion triggers in health consultations to help alleviate anxiety and build rapport.
Edelman, S & Remond, LC 2005, 'Group cognitive behaviour therapy program with troubled adolescents: a learning experience', Child & Family Behaviour Therapy, vol. 27, no. 3, pp. 47-59.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Group CBT problems are widely used for assisting teenagers with anxiety, depression and other psychological problems. The majority of reported programs have targets school or clinical populations, however, few have specifically targeted adolescents from highly troubled and disadvantaged backgrounds. This paper describes a group CBT program that was developed for teenagers who have not responded well to the formal structures of schoola nd traditional models of classroom management. Problems such as low levels of motivation, poor attention span, learning difficulties, poor impulse control, substance abuse, and other mental health problems are common within this population. A number of chanllenges arose in running the program and several modifications were made in order to make it more relevant to participants. These changes resulted in more rapid engagement with the program, imporved cooperation within the group, fewer interruptions, and improved rapport. The clinical outcomes associated with the program could not be measured due to difficulties with completing administering self-report questionnaires.