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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 [...]

How to Find a Psychologist Who is Right For You

Research studies consistently show that the relationship between a client and their psychologist is one of the most important factors in determining whether counselling will be helpful. In fact, the rapport that you have with your psychologist has been found to be more important than the type of treatment approaches [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Eight Books to Inspire, Motivate and Move You

The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte Reviewed by Clare Desira, speaker and coach www.topfivemovement.com Sure, you set small goals every day: Drop off the dry cleaning, make a dentist appointment for the kids, bake biscuits for the office party. But you must also recognise the power of setting goals and [...]

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 [...]