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Steps for Staying Safe and Getting Immediate Support

Follow these steps when you're worried about your safety or the safety of someone else, or need immediate support.  STEP ONE If you need immediate help or your life is in danger call 000. STEP TWO If you are in crisis or having difficulty coping contact the services below. They [...]

All of the Questions You’ve Wanted to Ask a Couples Therapist

At Inner Melbourne Clinical Psychology we're fortunate to have two couples therapists on our team, Georgia Pierakos and Dr Mariel Sanchez-Rockcliffe. Georgia has recently joined our team, so we thought we'd take this opportunity to pick her brain about some of the common questions people have about couples therapy and [...]

How to Simplify Self-Care

As a psychologist, I’m in the business of self-care. I’m drawn to books, blogs, podcasts and videos about the topic. I’m an (over)enthusiastic attendee of workshops and courses and I’m surrounded by colleagues who routinely weave self-care into the conversation. In short, I’ve spent hours on the whole “self-care thing” [...]

How to Communicate Effectively with Your Partner During Conflict

# 1 Stick to the topic  Have you ever had that feeling during a heated discussion that you can’t quite remember what it was that sparked the argument in the first place? This tends to happen when we rehash old material - when we add old hurts, pet peeves and [...]

What’s the Secret Weapon of Happy Couples?

Even the most well-adjusted and satisfied couples argue or experience tension in their relationship from time-to-time. As Dr Russ Harris, an expert in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy says, “there are two types of couples in this world: those who fight, and those who you don’t know very well”. According to [...]

Nine Science-Backed Tips for Overcoming Sleep Problems

#1 Set yourself an electronic curfew one hour before bedtime. Phones and computers produce blue light which disrupts your circadian rhythm (your body’s biological clock). Actually light of any kind interrupts sleep, but in a Harvard University study blue light in particular was found to be twice as disruptive to the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]