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Self-Awareness: The Key to Taking Care of Your Mental Health and Wellbeing

Self-awareness is another one of those terms that gets thrown around quite a bit in the psychology world. So what exactly is it? Self-awareness is a form of stepping back and observing your thoughts and feelings as they unfold. It can be as simple as noticing the emotions that you [...]

Calm Your Body and Your Mind with these Grounding Exercises

Grounding exercises are used to help bring us back into the present moment. These techniques can be used in many different situations, like when we’re feeling “spacey”, anxious or overwhelmed. They can be used when we are distracted by unhelpful or distressing thoughts, memories or impulses. Or if we’re experiencing [...]

Self-Care Tips for the Real World

One of the biggest myths floating around in the psychology and wellbeing world is that self-care is a cushy, easy process. Warm baths, massages and cups of tea. Of course, at times, self-care can look like this, but often it’s not quite that straight-forward or glamorous. Caring for ourselves can [...]

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 [...]

A Simple Way to Bring a Little Self-Compassion Into Your Life

This week (October 7th to October 13th) is Mental Health Week. To celebrate we got together with gorgeous Kate and Lauren from Little Jar of Happiness and The Vibe Tribe to chat about the ins and outs of self-compassion. We've made some notes below for anyone who wants to find ways [...]

Are We There Yet? Making Peace with the Ebbs and Flows of Grief

My dad passed away when I was 10 years old and when he was 37 years old. He died of a brain tumour. My grief around losing my dad has been complicated, deeply painful and at times, pretty lonely. In recent times though, something has lifted. My sadness remains, but [...]

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 [...]

Understanding the Ins and Outs of Defence Mechanisms

Defences get a bit of a bad wrap sometimes. In fact, being told that you’re being defensive is usually a pretty offensive experience (even if there is a grain of truth in what’s said). Our defences have their place though. The main reason our defences exist is that if we [...]

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” [...]

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 [...]