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Understanding Group Therapy

Julie Cole

If you’re considering psychotherapy, there are lots of options available.  One of these options is group therapy. Joining a group may sound intimidating at first, but group members are almost always surprised by how rewarding the group experience can be. What should I expect? Group therapy involves one or more psychologists who lead a group of roughly five to fifteen …

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Would your relationship benefit from a tune-up?

Julie Cole

 Imagine your relationship is a car, and it’s been a while since your last oil change.  You’ve noticed some strange noises coming from the engine that you haven’t heard before and a warning light appears on your dashboard. The air conditioning isn’t working.  What would you do?  You would probably call your nearest mechanic and book in for a tune-up. …

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Positive Psychology and the Adolescent Brain

Diana Lalor

  Helping teens to develop their strengths Helping teens to develop their strengths and awareness of their positive attributes can create a basis for parents to re-connect lovingly with their child. Knowing their own personal strengths helps people of all ages- including children and teenagers feel happier about themselves all-round. In addition   to a better self awareness,  a boosted self-esteem …

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Caregivers of Alzheimer’s Patients

Diana Lalor

Taking on the responsibility of caring for your loved one may be challenging, but it also represents deep compassion, love, and selflessness. People with dementia from conditions such as Alzheimer’s and related diseases have a neurodegenerative disorder that makes it more and more difficult for them to remember things, think clearly, communicate with others, and take care of themselves. In addition, …

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Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Diana Lalor

Alzheimer’s disease Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurological condition that changes the way a person thinks and functions over time. It is characterised by problems in thinking, learning, memory and judgment. Alzheimer’s disease is often diagnosed in the mild dementia stage, when it becomes clear to family and doctors that a person is having significant trouble with memory and thinking …

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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 wide variety of frustrating symptoms may hinder everything from your relationship to your career. Understanding ADHD Attention deficit disorder is …

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Anger Management

Diana Lalor

Anger management is a learned skill, when anger gets out of control, it can lead to problems and make you feel like you’re at the mercy of an unpredictable and powerful emotion. Anger is a basic human emotion, and we’ve all felt it. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with feeling angry – it is a completely normal, usually healthy, emotion, and …

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Anxiety in the Workplace

Anxiety in the workplace affects our capacity to do our work and our relationships at work. 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 about our daily lives. …

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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 than at any other time in their lives. In the lead up to becoming a mother for the first time …

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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 helpful to think of gender as being on a continuum with female at one end and male on the other …

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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 and society as a whole. An unhealthy body image can lead to us suffering low self esteem and can adversely …

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Workplace Bullying

Diana Lalor

Bullying in the Workplace Workplace bullying is repeated and unreasonable behaviour directed at a person or group of people by an employer, co-worker or other individual(s) at work that creates a risk to health and safety. It is a risk to health and safety because it may affect the mental and physical health of workers. Taking steps to prevent it …

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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 into a new career or for those who are in the midst of their career but are feeling dissatisfied and …

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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 a few. We may wish to review childhood events, to foster our self-esteem, or to develop skills to assist in …

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Communication in Relationships

Diana Lalor

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION IN RELATIONSHIPS: Effective communication in relationships is a learnt skill that can be modified and enhanced throughout our lives. It is influenced by a persons beliefs, culture and thoughts. It is easy to consider Communication skills to be inbuilt, something we don’t need to learn, but even though basic skills are learnt from the day we are born …

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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. Often we might not even be conscious of how we change in order to adapt to an ever- changing environment. …

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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 of the most difficult and challenging tasks of our adult lives. The life cycle of the couple involves many changes. …

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Counselling for Children

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 first three years children’s brain size increases from approximately 350-400 grams to about 1100 grams. Brain development is influenced by …