Making Waves

‘Making Waves’ is a 12-session Acceptance and Commitment Therapy program offered through Turning Point’s Fitzroy clinic, in partnership with Spectrum: Personality Disorder Service for Victoria. This specialist treatment service provides evidence-based treatment for people with co-existing alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues, emotional and interpersonal difficulties, and mental health issues.

The types of difficulties and behaviours Making Waves clients present with include:

  • Substance use issues
  • Recurring crisis presentations
  • Repeated aggression or hostility
  • Chronic suicidal thoughts or self-harming behaviour
  • Ongoing mood instability or difficulty regulating emotions
  • Low distress tolerance
  • Difficulty managing impulsivity

The types of mental health issues clients present with include:

  • Substance use disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder diagnosis or characteristics
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Affective Disorder
  • Anxiety / panic attacks
  • Complex trauma presentations

What is involved in treatment?

Making Waves delivers 12 individual face-to-face treatment sessions with a focus on building clients’ skills in better managing and tolerating emotional stress, improving interpersonal relationships and learning new strategies for making alternative choices, particularly around AOD use. 

Inclusion Criteria

  • Substance use issues 
  • Emotional and interpersonal difficulties as described above
  • Linked in with GP, case manager or other ongoing support worker
  • 18 years and over


How to Refer

For more information, please call Turning Point Specialist Clinical Services on (03) 8413 8413 during normal business hours.