John Chellew, Youth and Family Therapist

John Chellew is Mental Health Social Worker and Family Therapist with over 20 years’ experience. John offers expert counselling drawing upon research and data from the forefront of School Refusal research. John also helps children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.   

John strongly believes in the importance of early intervention strengthened by a focus on solutions. John has helped hundreds of young people and their families using evidence-based assessments and therapies. John notes that positive results will usually occur within 6-10 sessions and as early as 3.

John’s interest in School Refusal issues began while working at Headspace as a Youth and Family Therapist where he developed his understanding for the needs of children and families struggling with school attendance difficulties.

In his counselling, John draws upon his years proudly serving in youth crisis services, family housing, child protection, community health, drug and alcohol counselling and Child & Adolescent Mental Health.

Due to COVID19, John now offers Medicare rebatable Telehealth sessions as well as “face to face” in his St Kilda rooms. He also offers “Walk and Talk” outdoor sessions at the Peanut Farm Reserve near Luna Park, with the help of his very friendly dog Max. If your child is feeling anxious, socially isolated at home and needs some exercise away from screens, this might just be the thing. Parents can observe nearby.

The Bayside School Refusal Clinic

Our goal is to first understand and then address your child’s school-related issues, particularly where they are affecting school attendance. Research says that consistent school attendance is a key predictor of both short term and long-term success across many domains in life.

We provide treatment for:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Self-Esteem
  • Social Isolation
  • Social Phobia
  • Behavioural Issues
  • Oppositional Behaviour
  • Anger Management
  • Internet Gaming Addiction
  • Parenting Difficulties

We truly believe that our evidence-based systemic approach to counselling is the key to our effective results with school-related issues. We work hard to help children who are struggling with mental health difficulties such as anxiety, depression and separation anxiety. We also seek to assist with any underlying social, emotional or behavioural issues. We consider each child’s developmental, social and educational stage before selecting an appropriate evidence-based approach. Therapies we practice include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Graded Exposure Therapy and Mindfulness

To learn more, call the Bayside School Refusal Clinic for an initial discussion about your child or student on 0409 024 485. We are also online at Medicare rebates are available if you have a mental health treatment plan from your GP.

View John’s interview on School TV with Dr Michael Carr-Gregg  – Click here