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Six Tips for Studying Smarter, Not Harder

Schools back and universities are starting to get into the swing of things too. Even if you have a big year ahead, the pace at this time of year is much slower. Which is why it’s the perfect time to give some thought to setting yourself up with effective study [...]

Introducing Dr Siobhan Ryan, Clinical Psychologist

We're excited to begin the year by welcoming a new team member, Dr Siobhan Ryan, Clinical Psychologist. Siobhan has a strong focus on respect and collaboration. She is compassionate in supporting her clients as they work through difficulties, recognising that the client is the expert in themselves and their situation. [...]

By | January 15th, 2017|Anxiety, Depression, Emotions, Our Team, Relationships, Wellbeing|

Figuring Out What’s “Normal” and When to Seek Help as a New Parent

Being pregnant and giving birth to a child is a huge life transition, for mothers and fathers. There are a mountain of changes to adjust to, some that feel harder than others. Changes to your body, sleep patterns, self identity, relationship with your partner and other loved ones, career, daily [...]

By | November 11th, 2016|Anxiety, Depression, Wellbeing|

How to Challenge Unhelpful and Habitual Thoughts

Thought-challenging In our previous blog we looked at some of the more common ways us humans get caught up in thinking traps, particularly when we feel strong emotions. If you notice that particular unhelpful thinking styles tend to pop up again and again you might like to give thought-challenging a [...]

Thinking Traps: An Unavoidable Part of Being Human

Your thinking in any given moment is affected by a long list of factors. Some of these factors are in your control, some of them not so much. The thoughts that run through your head are a unique and ever-changing product of: How you are feeling emotionally Your past experiences and [...]

How to Get on Top of Stress Before it Morphs into Burnout

What’s the difference between stress and burnout? A certain amount of stress is a healthy and adaptive part of being human If we didn’t feel stress at all we wouldn’t be motivated to do things like visit the doctor to have our skin checked, meet deadlines at work, study for [...]

Ten Tips and Tricks for Increasing Productivity and Improving Time Management

Don't you just love (and crave) the feelings that come with time managed well? Ease, clarity, balance and peace...just reading those words feels restorative! Some days and some weeks though, productivity feels out of reach. Overwhelm takes over and our procrastinating, maybe even self-sabotaging side takes centre stage. If you're looking [...]

What to Do When You Feel Swamped by Your Emotions

1. Recognise that your brain has been hijacked When we are caught up in intense emotions like anger, shame or fear the logical part of our brain literally goes “offline”. Our prefrontal lobe becomes hijacked by our amygdala (our body’s alarm system), triggering the fight-flight response. When this alarm system [...]

By | February 26th, 2016|Anxiety, Depression, Emotions, Mindfulness, Stress and burnout|

Frequently Asked Questions About Seeing a Psychologist

How many sessions do people tend to see a psychologist for? Every person has a different journey through therapy. This is largely dependent on the nature of why they are coming in and what it is that they are hoping to get out of sessions. Some people come to see [...]

A Review of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself From Destructive Thoughts and Emotions

The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion is introduced as an “un-self-help book” in that it is not based on the notion that there is something wrong about us that needs to be fixed. This is a book about self-acceptance rather than self-improvement; it’s a guide to learning to befriend ourselves and [...]

By | December 15th, 2015|Anxiety, Book reviews, Depression, Mindfulness, Stress and burnout|