Counselling and Psychological Issues and Concerns

To assist in your understanding of specific areas of concern, our Psychologists and Counsellors have written articles on a wide variety of topics. You are welcome to contact us if you would like more information.

ARTICLES

October 24, 2018

Choosing a Meaningful Career

Diana Lalor

Making Career Choices Life choices can create an exciting and meaningful time in a person’s life. Making these choices can also be confusing, complicated and frustrating. This article is written for those who are looking to take their first step … Continued

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Life events such as separation or divorce can have a big impact on your child’s emotions and behaviour.  Your child may be anxious and clingy or perhaps withdrawn and sad.  They may be anxious about going to school or struggling … Continued

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September 10, 2018

Miscarriage – Coping as a Couple

Emily Hirshman-Smith

A miscarriage is a significant loss for a couple, particularly as it is commonly unexpected, thereby causing shock, trauma and loss. These are all issues difficult to deal with individually, and as a couple. Each partner might react differently to … Continued

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August 7, 2018

The Art & Science of Relaxation

Trent Falkner

Relaxation is a helpful tool for refreshing the mind and body after periods of stress. It is also extremely useful for gaining control over anxiety. Relaxation is a state of mind in which our attention is drawn away from the … Continued

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August 7, 2018

Adult ADHD

Diana Lalor

Life can be a balancing act for any adult, but if you find yourself constantly late and disorganised, overly distracted and forgetful, and overwhelmed by your responsibilities, you may have adult ADHD. Attention deficit disorder impacts many adults, and its … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Women’s Libido and Sexual Desire

Victoria Morrissey

What happens when a woman experiences low libido and decreased sexual desire When in a long-term relationship, sexual desire can become elusive. When you were first with your partner, sex may have been frequent, passionate and spontaneous. Over time, the … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Women and Work

Michelle Scott

Improving the personal effectiveness and career development of women The world of work is becoming more complex and the demands on women seeking a career and family life can be considerable. Many women are balancing the demands of their working … Continued

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July 2, 2018

When Partner Won’t Attend Counselling

Deborah Wright

How to Respond When Your Partner Won’t Attend Counselling Are you considering separation? Are you wanting to try couples counselling but your partner is reluctant to attend? The stress of relationship difficulties can sometimes result in a situation where one … Continued

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July 2, 2018

What is OCD?

Diana Lalor

Everyone has bothersome worries now and again. You may worry about a problem at work or school, about money, health, relationships or a family member. People with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), however become consumed by worry. These worries are not like … Continued

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July 2, 2018

What is Gender?

This information sheet is provided by courtesy of the Gender Centre. The Gender Centre is in NSW and is an organisation funded by the NSW Government. Gendered interaction between adults and children begins as soon as the sex of a … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Trust in Our Relationships

Philippa (Winkie) Sceales

The trust we so keenly desire in our relationships is one of the oldest states or capacities we humans know of. It is the ‘glue’ that enables two people to come together in a sharing partnership that is enduring. It … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Trauma and It’s Consequences

Philippa (Winkie) Sceales

At some time in our lives we are likely to experience or witness an event which threatens our safety or life, or that of others around us. This could be a car accident or other serious accident, physical or sexual … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Transgender Mental Health

Diana Lalor

Understanding the Mental Health Experiences of Transgender Australians There is growing body of international and Australian research that outlines the mental health experiences of transgender people. The increasing number of studies undertaken within the transgender community, particularly in the past … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Why Mindfulness for Tinnitus?

Natalia Fidyka

You may already know that Tinnitus or ‘ringing in the ear’ has many possible causes, such as exposure to loud music or sounds, unwanted side effects to medication, or earwax blockage. For other people, there are no obvious reasons. Although … Continued

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July 2, 2018

The Secretiveness of Shame

Philippa (Winkie) Sceales

Shame is a normal human emotion. It relates to the inherent ‘quality’ of oneself, our sense of self or our identity, dignity and honour. Shame manifests in behaviours such as hiding one’s eyes, turning away one’s face, blushing, avoidance behaviours, … Continued

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July 2, 2018

The Adolescent Brain

Natalia Fidyka

Adolescence is a challenging and often confusing time for parents and adolescents alike. The period of ‘adolescence’ falls roughly between the ages of 12 to 24 years old, and during this period of development, adolescents can often be misunderstood as … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Stress Management

Victoria Morrissey

What is Stress Stress can occur when we experience change in our environment or our routines. Healthy stress can result in motivation and a drive to reach a goal. It can also assist with intensifying focus and increasing mental alertness. … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Sexual Abuse

Diana Lalor

In the past three decades we have seen a significant shift in community attitudes toward the existence of and effects of childhood sexual abuse. From the 1970’s where ignorance and denial of the problem was most prevalent to the current … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Separation Counselling

Diana Lalor

Are you separating from your partner? Separation and relationship breakdown can be one of the most difficult times in your life. A time when you need support as well as information and practical advice. What do I do now? What … Continued

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Desire Discrepancy (DD) is the term used to describe sex drive differences between a couple. DD is a common issue for many couples and can result in much frustration and disharmony in a relationship. Problems of a sexual nature often … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Self Acceptance

Natalia Fidyka

Many people seek out therapy for various challenges in life. The common thread that presents itself more often than not, is an underlying quest for self-acceptance. Learning how to come to terms with our imperfections, conflicting desires, and challenging emotions, … Continued

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Positive, healthy and fulfilling relationships form the basis for a happy life. Most of us consider our intimate relationships with our partners to be integral to our sense of fulfilment, contentment and wellbeing. A committed, loving and stable relationship provides … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Relationship Breakdown

Diana Lalor

Marriage Counselling When problems develop in a relationship, it can be the cause of great distress. Most of us wish to have committed and fulfilling relationships and the breaking down of an important relationship can create feelings of anger, sadness, … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Diana Lalor

What is PTSD? Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a medical/psychological condition that can occur in response to a traumatic event. Traumatic events are usually defined as unexpected, negative situations that are life threatening, or where an individual experiences a threat … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Post Natal Antenatal Depression

Victoria Morrissey

Depression experienced during pregnancy and/or after childbirth is referred to as Perinatal Depression. Depression following the birth of a child is commonly referred to as Post Natal Depression and depression experienced during pregnancy is commonly referred to as Antenatal Depression. … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Pornography Addiction

Victoria Morrissey

Many people who suffer from pornography or sex addiction, experience feelings of guilt and shame about their problem. The secret they carry and the double life that they may be leading, can be a lonely and isolating experience. Reluctance to … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Physical And Mental Health Connection

Anna Mills

Most people understand the importance of physical health. Almost daily we hear messages in the media informing us of the value of exercise and healthy diet in improving or maintaining our physical health. We accept this to be true, and … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Mentoring and Executive Leadership

Michelle Scott

Improving the personal development, effectiveness, and contribution of leaders and senior executives Is your business interested in assisting high potential employees and senior executives in their career transitions – planning the transition to leadership, returning from maternity leave, or changing … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Mentoring

Michelle Scott

Mentoring is the opportunity to work confidentially with an experienced role model (mentor) who is able to listen, provide guidance and help build self confidence for an employee (mentee) in their career. For employers the benefits may include increased satisfaction … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Mens Sexual Desire in Relationships

Victoria Morrissey

What happens when your partner seems to have lost interest in sex It is often very difficult for men who are married or in long term relationships, to understand what has happened when their partner is no longer interested in … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Men and Therapy

Anna Mills

For many men, seeing a psychologist or a counsellor is often considered to be “what women do”. There is a view that women talk with others about how they feel to get support. While men deal with “it” differently, and … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Just Shy, or Social Anxiety?

Diana Lalor

Is social anxiety just another name for being really shy? Almost everyone gets a little anxious or embarrassed in front of other people now and then, though some of us are more shy than others. Although there is some discomfort, … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Insomnia

Diana Lalor

WHAT IS INSOMNIA Insomnia or difficulty in sleeping affects many of us at different times in our lives. The reasons for insomnia developing are often transient (such as lifestyle and/or behavioural changes or a crisis) but may also result from … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Healthy Eating or Orthorexia Nervosa?

Natalia Fidyka

“All I could think about was food. Even when I became aware that my scrabbling in the dirt after raw vegetables and wild plants had become an obsession, I found it terribly difficult to free myself. I had been seduced … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Healthy Boundaries

Anna Amhrose

This article looks at what boundaries are, the role they play in development of self, relationships and families and thinking about boundaries as a tool for managing children’s behaviour. Setting Healthy Boundaries with Your Child or Adolescent Below are common … Continued

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Hardship and challenge are quintessential parts of the human experience, yet suffering is more optional. The turbulent times in our lives are an invitation to lift our consciousness, make choices about our perceptions and be the alchemist of our life. … Continued

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July 2, 2018

FIFO Counselling

Diana Lalor

Counselling for FIFO (Fly In Fly Out) Couples & Families What has become commonly known as the Fly In Fly Out Lifestyle is being lived by thousands of families across Australia with some workers flying from as far north as … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Eating Disorders

Diana Lalor

What are eating disorders? An eating disorder is an illness that causes serious disturbances to your everyday diet, such as eating extremely small amounts of food or severely overeating or binge eating. A person with an eating disorder may have … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Early Childhood Attachments

Samantha McLaughlin

How Early Childhood Attachments Shape our Adult Relationships This information sheet may be of interest to the following people: Adult children of alcoholics/drug addicts Adults who experienced childhood sexual abuse Mothers with Postnatal Depression Parents experiencing difficulty bonding to their … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Does My Child Have ADHD?

Diana Lalor

While every child will at times be inattentive, hyperactive or impulsive, the difference with children who have ADHD is that these symptoms will be overabundant, happen in all settings and be severe enough and persistent enough to interfere with their … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Discovering That Your Partner Has Been Unfaithful

Victoria Morrissey

The discovery that your partner is having or has had an affair can be a deeply traumatic experience. Your body and mind may go into shock. The experience of shock can cause physiological changes in your nervous system and in … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Dieting – Why do we do it?

Diana Lalor

Dieting has become common and normalised in our society with many of us having an unhealthy or disordered relationship with food. Studies indicate that up to 82% of the population is ‘sometimes’ or ‘very often’ on a diet. Our culture … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Dealing with Feelings of Guilt

Diana Lalor

Guilt is an emotional state where we experience conflict at having done something that we believe we should not have done (or conversely, having not done something we believe we should have done). This can give rise to a feeling … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Dealing with Change and Uncertainty

Natalia Fidyka

At times of great change, uncertainty and crisis it easy to slide into a preoccupation with what has been lost, and what challenges may lie ahead. The mind swiftly moves into fear and seeks out potential danger; a natural and … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Creating a Therapeutic Environment

Diana Lalor

In my years as a therapist, I have worked in a number of environments – doctor’s surgeries, youth centres, training facilities, and private practices. The spaces provided to work have ranged from ugly and depressing, through utilitarian and plain, to … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Couples and Intimacy

Trent Falkner

The couple is surely one of the archetypal patterns of human relationships. All human societies appear to have long term adult pair-bonding of one kind or another. Yet the maintenance of a healthy couple bond over time is perhaps one … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Coping With Change

Ken Yeo

What is change about? Change is an ongoing process essential to life and living. Our body has the capacity to respond to change on a moment to moment basis. For example, our heart rate changes to meet our biological needs. … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Communication in Relationships

Victoria Morrissey

Communication is an important element in creating a relationship that is long lasting, satisfying, and fulfilling. Communication is a skill that is learnt. Our culture, family, society, and past experiences influence how we function in the world and how we … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Choosing a Therapist

Diana Lalor

At different times in our lives we may need the assistance of a professional to help us resolve difficulties. We all encounter stressful and challenging life events such as relationship breakdown, family and work-related problems, illness or bereavement, to name … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Counselling for Children

Anna Mills

Children are amazing people. They are growing and developing at an incredible pace, taking in information, filtering, integrating and learning. Early in life, children’s neural networks are growing rapidly, and connections are being made at a phenomenal rate. In the … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Children of Parents with Mental Illness

Anna Mills

Throughout the community, mental illness and mental health problems are common. Depression, anxiety, post-natal depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, panic disorders, agoraphobia are just some of the commonly diagnosed mental illnesses. Mental illness typically responds well to treatment, much like a … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Bullying and the Workplace

Victoria Morrissey

Workplace bullying can come at great cost to the victim of bullying as well as to the organisation where they are employed. For some individuals, workplace bullying can be a traumatic experience from which they do not recover, with workplace … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Body Image and Mindful Eating

Diana Lalor

What is Body Image and Mindful Eating? Body Image refers to the way we think and feel about, and see our body. Our body image can be influenced by our own beliefs but also the beliefs of our friends, family … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Being Transgender and Transitioning

Diana Lalor

Transgender is a term for people whose gender identity, expression or behavior is different from those typically associated with their assigned sex at birth. It is a broad term that encompasses a range of gender identities and experiences. It might be … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Becoming a Parent

Samantha McLaughlin

Becoming a parent for the first time involves the greatest physical, emotional and social upheaval that most women will ever experience. In fact women are more likely to be affected by anxiety and depressive disorders during pregnancy and after childbirth … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Anxiety and the Workplace

Michelle Scott

Anxiety affects over 2 million Australians. On average one in three women and one in five men experience anxiety in their life. Anxiety may increase over time and can affect our relationships with family and friends and how we go … Continued

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July 2, 2018

Anger Management

Victoria Morrissey

Anger is a natural human emotion. We have all felt anger at times. The intensity at which anger can be experienced can vary from annoyance to out of control rage. Anger is an instinctive emotion that is experienced in situations … Continued

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“Mummy, God has made a really big mistake when making me. He was thinking girl and at the last minute made a boy.” When my son Gilli said this to me, it was the moment I truly felt the enormity … Continued

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