What is Therapy?

Counselling/Psychotherapy is a talk therapy that focuses on a person’s mental, emotional, relational and spiritual health and wellbeing. A Psychotherapist engages with a person in a co-created process of deep listening, relating and empathic exploration of experience to discover possibilities for growth, change and healing. A key element of the practice of Psychotherapy is the interpersonal relationship between the Therapist … Read More

Loneliness is More than a State of Mind

Loneliness is a state of disconnection from the community, or a lack of connection to community. Loneliness may serve as a social pain to protect people from the dangers of being isolated. It may serve as a prompt to change behaviour, to pay more attention to relationships which are needed for survival. This notion of loneliness was a hardwired survival … Read More

Bumps in the Road – Relationship Tips for Men

When you started out was your relationship easy, you couldn’t put a foot wrong? Now that some time has passed, the road is getting rocky and you just don’t have the tools to cope.   Do you find you’re drinking more, avoiding going home and looking for the answers with your mates or flirting more with that cute girl from … Read More

It’s Not What You Said, It’s What I Heard

All the information we receive is filtered through our own life experiences. It could be what we hear, what we see, what we touch and what we smell. Some of our senses will trigger vivid memories, while others will trigger past experiences, both joyful and painful. These memories are stored in our mammalian brain / limbic system, that connect events … Read More

The Tyranny of “Should”

Have you ever been told what you “should” be doing, thinking, feeling, saying or how you “should” behave, respond or look? Maybe you find yourself telling others what they “should” do, feel or think. You may be aware of your own “should’s”, those times you tell yourself how you “should” feel, act or behave in any given situation. Should’s are … Read More

The Opposite of Addiction is Connection

Addictions are destructive not only for the addict, they destroy families, alienate friends and their impact fans out to the wider society. So, could strengthening human connections immunise us against emotional distress? Addressing the core problem, not the symptoms is not a new concept and there has been a long standing correlation between addiction treatment and addressing past trauma, especially … Read More

It’s OK to Ask for Help

There is a cultural shift happening around mental health, the stigma of being mentally unwell is slowly being chipped away, and we have those individuals willing to speak up to thank for this change to our national psyche. We are hearing more and more stories from celebrities and sports personalities about managing their mental health and career. In the case … Read More

Relationships

A healthy relationship with our friends, family and partner can enrich our life and make us feel good about our self.  Relationships take time, commitment and care to keep them healthy.  The more time you put into a relationship, the more you get back.  Communication is the key to healthy relationships, as are clear boundaries, a healthy sense of self-worth, … Read More

Stress

Stress, it’s a killer, we hear the message all the time, but what is it, how do I recognise it and what can I do about it? Stress is a feeling you have when you face a situation you think you cannot manage. You can feel anxious, irritable, forgetful, sleepless and unable to cope. Stress is a process, not a … Read More

Anxiety

Anxiety is one of the most common health conditions in Australia. For men, anxiety is even more common than depression – 1 in 5 men will experience anxiety at some point. 1 in 3 women will experience anxiety during their lifetime. Anxiety can be a serious condition, but you don’t need to let it control you. What is anxiety? Anxiety … Read More