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Some Questions For Your Inner Critic

Have a think back to how you spoke to yourself the last time you had “one of those days”? You know those days when from the moment you open your eyes you sense that it’s going to be an uphill battle. You struggle to get out the door on time, [...]

Tips for Taking Care of Yourself this Christmas

The silly season is upon us once again. What a mixed bag this time of year can be! Sometimes no matter how hard we work to create a Christmas free of stress and conflict, the pressure and tension can get the better of us. If you've lost someone you love [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

How Thought Challenging Can Help You To Curb Negative Thinking Spirals

Do you sometimes find yourself getting caught up in a storm of negative thoughts? Thought challenging might be just the anchor you need. When we're feeling bombarded by negative thinking, it can be tempting to try to shift things with a giant dose of "positive thinking". We might tell ourselves [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Myths and Misunderstandings About Mindfulness

Myth #1 Mindfulness-based approaches encourage you to never think, plan, contemplate, problem-solve or worry Recently I read an article that criticised mindfulness for encouraging people not to think. The author argued that thinking is important not only an individual level, but also in terms of our society progressing. New ideas, inventions, [...]