Many clients have told me that they are not feeling happy, even though they have achieved a lot in their lives like having a good job, a house, a car, and so on. Happiness and psychological wellbeing are something that everyone is inherently striving for. But what is happiness and how can we achieve it? Why […]
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Affecting approximately 1 million Australians each year, depression is one of the most frequently reported disorders nation-wide (Beyond Blue, 2015). Despite this, the symptoms of depression are commonly misunderstood. The Australian Psychological Society (2015) defines depression as a cognitive, emotional and physical state that is both chronic and intense. This booklet hopes enhance your understanding […]
Often the thought of coming along to see a psychologist for the first time can be daunting. However, for most clients the first session is an opportunity to share things that have been on your mind and start to gain some support and clarity in an environment that helps you to feel listened to, respected […]
Many clients I see tell me that they have been told numerous times to try yoga, by their friends, family, GP and I find that I am yet another person encouraging them to give it a go. So why are so many people, including health professionals prescribing yoga as a great thing to practice? Part […]
Many of us learn from a young age that approval from others only comes when you achieve a certain standard, and there are negative consequences when you make mistakes. At school for example, children are praised when they get full marks and provided with negative feedback when they fail. It is natural for human beings […]
Although most people recover from depression and have no further issues, some may experience a relapse within the following year. It is therefore important to learn how to prevent it from occurring again.
Most of us have had experiences where we’ve felt so swamped by a strong emotion (usually anger, fear or depression). Things happen that seem to trigger this emotion, and we feel so overwhelmed and stuck in our thoughts and feelings that it is like being emotionally overcome and dumped by a big powerful wave. Sometimes […]
There is now a vast amount of research showing the benefits of mindfulness meditation on the health of the body and mind. We often find that it can be a great way to help our clients during counselling sessions for depression anxiety and stress, as well as to learn to reduce unhelpful coping behaviours like drinking […]