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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 [...]

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 [...]

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” [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]