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How to make a difference on R U OK? Day

2017-09-06T23:21:22+00:00

The purpose of R U OK? Day is to reach out and build community with your neighbours, friends, family, and coworkers and ultimately help take down the suicide epidemic. Researchers have found that a lack of connection with others or an overall lack of belonging can be a huge factor in suicide. So the goal [...]

How to make a difference on R U OK? Day 2017-09-06T23:21:22+00:00

Communication Styles to Improve Relationships

2017-09-05T00:25:21+00:00

Do you have people in your life you always feel in conflict with, like you are always on a different page? Maybe simple conversations end in arguments. Perhaps you just always feel defensive or on edge when you speak. Are you always stressed in interactions because of this difference? Well, the good news is there [...]

Communication Styles to Improve Relationships 2017-09-05T00:25:21+00:00

Consistency and Consequences: Parenting Strategies for setting Boundaries

2017-08-23T17:42:23+00:00

Oh the joys of parenthood! Oftentimes discipline is a parent’s least favorite part of raising children. No one enjoys having to provide consequences to poor behavior, but it is arguably one of the most important aspects of raising happy, healthy, and thriving children. A better way to think of discipline is by simply referring to [...]

Consistency and Consequences: Parenting Strategies for setting Boundaries 2017-08-23T17:42:23+00:00

Letting go of Control in Relationships

2017-08-19T22:51:53+00:00

Relationships can be tough. There can be a lot of stress and conflict. Do you ever feel like you are loosing control in a relationship? Do you feel like there are times when you are always in control? Well to be honest, most problems occur when one partner tends to control one aspect of a [...]

Letting go of Control in Relationships 2017-08-19T22:51:53+00:00

Diagnosed- The benefits in receiving a DSM-5 diagnosis.

2017-08-01T14:03:40+00:00

Have you ever wondered if you or a loved one have a mental health diagnosis? You are not alone. Scientists estimate that 1 in every 4 people are directly or indirectly affected by a mental health issue. Why is this just an estimate? Because not everyone with a mental health concern goes through the process [...]

Diagnosed- The benefits in receiving a DSM-5 diagnosis. 2017-08-01T14:03:40+00:00

Why Resilience?

2017-07-27T15:26:17+00:00

Have you ever wondered why some people can handle difficulties in their lives better than others? Have you noticed, some people seem to have the ability to just “brush it off”? It is because of a little thing called resilience. Resilience isn’t really a little thing at all. It is a big thing, and it [...]

Why Resilience? 2017-07-27T15:26:17+00:00

Procrastination: Your Perfectionism may be the Problem

2017-07-27T15:05:04+00:00

So… you have been called a perfectionist. Sure, your friends may joke about your overachieving and highly organised lifestyle, but hey, your perfectionism may have served you well over the years! There is nothing wrong with wanting to do things to the best of your ability and staying organised. You were probably really good at [...]

Procrastination: Your Perfectionism may be the Problem 2017-07-27T15:05:04+00:00

What is the WPPSI?

2017-07-06T23:11:59+00:00

Assessments like to confuse us with complicated acronyms. What do all of these letters mean anyway? As a parent who is looking at an assessment for their young child, it is important to understand what assessment your child will be taking, what the complicated acronyms actually mean, and most importantly, what the results mean for [...]

What is the WPPSI? 2017-07-06T23:11:59+00:00

Supporting Children During Stress

2017-07-06T22:50:01+00:00

As parents it is instinctual to want to protect our babies from the stress and problems of the world… even if they aren’t exactly babies anymore. Children are going to experience stress, anger, fear, disappointment, and anxiousness, just like we do as adults. As parents it can be hard to know how to respond to [...]

Supporting Children During Stress 2017-07-06T22:50:01+00:00

Arguments: Is being “right” really worth it?

2017-06-28T18:00:23+00:00

Arguments in relationships. We all have them, but what is the best way to actually win in an argument? Well it turns out, the desire to be “right” in a disagreement may actually not be as gratifying as it would seem. What if your desire of being “right” is actually harming your relationship? You may [...]

Arguments: Is being “right” really worth it? 2017-06-28T18:00:23+00:00

Sleep Troubles

2017-06-28T17:39:20+00:00

Can’t sleep? You are not alone! Over 40 million people have some sort of sleep disorder, so next time you are lying awake at night, odds are high that someone in your building or someone up the street is staring at their ceiling too. Sleep problems can range in severity. Sleeplessness may be an ongoing [...]

Sleep Troubles 2017-06-28T17:39:20+00:00

Decision Making Guide for Busy People’s Schedules

2017-06-19T17:36:34+00:00

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by your growing to do list and your quickly filled calendar? We have all been there! Trying to juggle a career and a home life can be complicated. Once you throw in raising children, home maintenance, your partner, social life, and family members, life can be overwhelmingly busy. Spending time [...]

Decision Making Guide for Busy People’s Schedules 2017-06-19T17:36:34+00:00

Suicide: Tools for Talk and Tools for Help

2017-06-14T00:04:14+00:00

Suicide is one of those topics that is increasingly filling the narratives of our movies, TV shows, and books. Yet, having a conversation about the topic is somehow taboo. The suicide rate in Australia is on the rise. In fact, it is number 13 on the list of causes of death, right alongside heart disease [...]

Suicide: Tools for Talk and Tools for Help 2017-06-14T00:04:14+00:00

What is the WISC-IV?

2017-05-27T00:27:18+00:00

Often when a child is being assessed for academic difficulties or giftedness, the WISC-IV will be administered amongst a collection of psychological tests with similarly ambiguous acronyms. The aim of this article is to provide some clarity about the content and purpose of this commonly used assessment. The goal is to demystify part of the [...]

What is the WISC-IV? 2017-05-27T00:27:18+00:00

What is the WIAT-II?

2017-05-27T00:00:14+00:00

Often when a child is being assessed for academic difficulties or giftedness, the WIAT-II will be administered amidst a battery of psychological tests with similarly ambiguous acronyms. The aim of this article is to provide some clarity about the content and purpose of this commonly used assessment. The goal is to demystify part of the [...]

What is the WIAT-II? 2017-05-27T00:00:14+00:00

What is the WAIS-IV?

2017-05-15T17:41:55+00:00

Often when a person is being assessed for academic or occupational difficulties, the WAIS-IV will be administered amidst a battery of psychological tests with similarly ambiguous acronyms. The aim of this article is to provide some clarity about the content and purpose of this commonly used assessment. The goal is to demystify part of the [...]

What is the WAIS-IV? 2017-05-15T17:41:55+00:00

Mental Health Canberra

2017-05-04T01:10:40+00:00

Public Service is a Sacrifice: Mental Health Problems in the Workplace When joining the workforce in Canberra, there is usually one major decision, public service or private sector? While there are pros and cons to both, it seems that mental health concerns may be a large con to taking a public service job. There are [...]

Mental Health Canberra 2017-05-04T01:10:40+00:00

Impact of Vicarious Exposure to Traumatic Events on Mental Health

2017-05-04T01:14:18+00:00

Girl watching the television with TV remote in her hand Limit your Exposure: Traumatic Events in the News is Bad for your Mental Health Have you ever stopped and thought about how often you expose yourself to traumatic images and stories? Most of us don’t even think about the exposure because it is so entrenched [...]

Impact of Vicarious Exposure to Traumatic Events on Mental Health 2017-05-04T01:14:18+00:00

Common Traits of Adult AD/HD

2017-04-28T01:00:35+00:00

Do I have Adult ADHD? It is no secret that Attention Deficit- Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has become a common discussion point amongst school aged children. The rate of diagnosis has been steadily increasing 3% a year since 2003 (adhd.org.au) and there seems to nothing slowing this number down. So what is the deal with this [...]

Common Traits of Adult AD/HD 2017-04-28T01:00:35+00:00

Positive Psychology 101

2017-04-28T00:20:10+00:00

Positive Psychology is a branch of psychology is often summarized by the phrase “Oh, you think happy thoughts!”… While that description isn’t necessarily wrong, it oversimplifies a powerful form of psychology that can be a powerful tool in improving your overall happiness. Let’ s unpack what positive psychology has to offer and how we can [...]

Positive Psychology 101 2017-04-28T00:20:10+00:00

What exactly is Borderline Personality Disorder?

2017-04-25T09:42:28+00:00

There are so many misconceptions about Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). It is often used in everyday conversation in reference to individuals who appear to have split personalities or intense mood swings. Sadly, it is typically used as a joke or in passing, but this casual jargon can be incredibly confusing for anyone questioning whether or [...]

What exactly is Borderline Personality Disorder? 2017-04-25T09:42:28+00:00

When “Thinking Positive” is Not Enough

2017-04-13T01:44:03+00:00

We have all heard the advice of “Hey, just think positive!” or seen those cheesy little posters that say “If you dream it, you can do it!”. Positive psychology is rooted in the fact that thinking optimistically can be used as a tool to improve your wellbeing. There are tons of antidotal stories that explain [...]

When “Thinking Positive” is Not Enough 2017-04-13T01:44:03+00:00

Can the Media Interfere with our Expectations and Skills in Relationships?

2017-04-10T23:32:51+00:00

Relationship expectations are the values and ideals people hold about relationships, as well as the behaviours people expect their partners to exhibit. Relationships are complex, and so it is natural for people (particularly those with limited relationship experience) to look to examples of how to behave. Given the prevalence of the media in modern life, [...]

Can the Media Interfere with our Expectations and Skills in Relationships? 2017-04-10T23:32:51+00:00

Five Tips for Getting Through a Relationship Breakup

2017-04-04T08:01:22+00:00

The breakup of a romantic relationship is one of the most emotionally difficult experiences a person will go through. It is associated with very high levels of emotional distress and, from a biological perspective, is followed by the overflow of stress chemicals released by the brain. These chemical changes are so strong that they often lead to [...]

Five Tips for Getting Through a Relationship Breakup 2017-04-04T08:01:22+00:00

Caring for Someone with Borderline Personality Disorder

2017-04-04T08:01:30+00:00

Does your partner struggle to trust you? Do you feel as though your loved one is constantly testing your relationship? Does your relationship feel like a rollercoaster? These are common struggles within relationships, but they may be an indication of a personality disorder called Borderline Personality Disorder. What exactly is Borderline Personality Disorder? Borderline Personality [...]

Caring for Someone with Borderline Personality Disorder 2017-04-04T08:01:30+00:00

Guidelines for setting effective rules

2017-03-03T08:55:47+00:00

Do you find that your children are constantly pushing the boundaries? Do you find yourself exhausted after trying to get your child to cooperate? While it is normal for children to test the boundaries set by parents and other authority figures, it is important for children to learn that boundaries are set for a reason. [...]

Guidelines for setting effective rules 2017-03-03T08:55:47+00:00

Stress: How to Manage (or even Benefit from) It

2017-03-03T08:55:42+00:00

To find out more about what actually stress is and how it can affect our body, check-out our previous blog post “What is Stress and how does it Affect our Body?”. Some of our body’s reaction to stress (i.e. faster heart rate and breathing, and higher blood oxygen and sugar levels), is often referred to [...]

Stress: How to Manage (or even Benefit from) It 2017-03-03T08:55:42+00:00

What is stress and how can it affect our body?

2017-03-03T08:55:36+00:00

“I’m feeling stressed out” or “I’m a bit stressed at the moment with …” are phrases we often hear. Though what really is stress and how does it affect us? It is important to acknowledge that stress is a normal and natural part of living a full and meaningful life. We all encounter some level [...]

What is stress and how can it affect our body? 2017-03-03T08:55:36+00:00

Going from Good to Great in Your Relationship

2017-02-09T19:14:54+00:00

Having a good relationship can help you feel anchored, secure and focused. But having a great relationship can be truly inspirational. For those wanting to achieve a greater depth of connection, vision and expression, couples counselling can offer the support you need to get there. Identifying the strengths in your relationship and finding ways to [...]

Going from Good to Great in Your Relationship 2017-02-09T19:14:54+00:00

Top Reasons for Divorce – How to Prevent it From Happening to You

2017-02-09T19:10:17+00:00

Lack of intimacy, poor communication, disagreements on issues such as money, politics, religion and raising children. These are all factors that, if not addressed, may lead to marriage breakdown. Seeking marriage counselling for help before these issues get out of hand could not only save your marriage but also make it happier than ever before. [...]

Top Reasons for Divorce – How to Prevent it From Happening to You 2017-02-09T19:10:17+00:00

The Little Things Happy Couples Do Every Day

2017-02-09T19:10:19+00:00

Once you have established a committed relationship, there are certain things you can do to support growth, happiness and longevity. Do not be concerned if these things don’t spring instantly to mind. It is perfectly natural for relationship maintenance to take some thought and a little effort. It can be easy to forget or overlook [...]

The Little Things Happy Couples Do Every Day 2017-02-09T19:10:19+00:00

Is It Meant To Be? 5 Things to Look for When Considering a Long Term Relationship

2017-02-09T19:10:22+00:00

Nobody can look solely to another person to meet all of his or her needs. To be truly present in another’s life, we must first learn to fulfil ourselves. However, once a union has been formed, there are certain dynamics that can make for a happier, longer-lasting relationship. Knowing what to look for and seeking [...]

Is It Meant To Be? 5 Things to Look for When Considering a Long Term Relationship 2017-02-09T19:10:22+00:00

Qualities of a Soul Mate

2017-02-09T19:10:24+00:00

The universe has changed, and so have people. Technology is everywhere, and many of us live freer, more individualised lives. But with freedom comes responsibility – and the need to make choices which are integral to our true happiness, and the happiness of our relationships. While the world around us has altered enormously, one thing [...]

Qualities of a Soul Mate 2017-02-09T19:10:24+00:00

Making the Most of Couples Counselling

2017-02-09T19:10:27+00:00

For many of us, the idea of seeking help in the form of relationship counselling may be met with resistance. This is natural. As humans, the feeling of not being in control makes us uncomfortable. Society generally teaches us to keep our feelings to ourselves and solve our own problems. But times have changed, and [...]

Making the Most of Couples Counselling 2017-02-09T19:10:27+00:00

Self-Compassion: How to be Kind to Yourself

2017-02-09T19:10:32+00:00

Compassion is defined as sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress along with the desire to alleviate it. Self-compassion is the same idea, but applied to ourselves. If a friend or loved one came to you and said ‘I just made a big mistake at work’, would you be critical and respond by calling them an ‘idiot’? No?  If [...]

Self-Compassion: How to be Kind to Yourself 2017-02-09T19:10:32+00:00

Interview: Introducing Strategic Psychology’s Counselling Services

2017-02-09T19:10:34+00:00

Read an interview given by Strategic Psychology's principal and managing director, Nesh Nikolic, who speaks with Wayne Bucklar about the counselling services offered at the Canberra-based clinic. Strategic Psychology focuses on helping patients of all ages to achieve a rich and meaningful life by employing a range of evidence-based therapies. In 2015, the practice introduced [...]

Interview: Introducing Strategic Psychology’s Counselling Services 2017-02-09T19:10:34+00:00

Interview: Supporting Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

2016-07-25T11:44:15+00:00

Read an interview given by Strategic Psychology clinical manager, Gregg Chapman, who talks to Wayne Bucklar about his work with schools and adolescents. Gregg discusses the prevalence of behavioral disorders including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), attention deficit disorder (ADD) and oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). Gregg also talks about the clinic’s therapy of choice (acceptance [...]

Interview: Supporting Mental and Emotional Wellbeing 2016-07-25T11:44:15+00:00

What Do Children Worry About?

2017-02-09T19:10:42+00:00

A survey conducted by ABC’s Behind the News asked children what worries them, and what makes them feel happy and sad. 20,000 Australian children aged between 6 and 16 years of age participated in the survey. What do children worry about? According to the survey children feel most worried about their future, with 43% of [...]

What Do Children Worry About? 2017-02-09T19:10:42+00:00

Effects of Parental Anxiety on Children

2017-02-09T19:10:49+00:00

The terms ‘bubble-wrap parents’ and ‘helicopter parenting’ are being used more and more in our society. The media appears to be constantly reporting crimes, natural disasters, terrorist attacks and health epidemics, which can create the illusion that the world is becoming a more and more dangerous place. This, along with a general increase in the [...]

Effects of Parental Anxiety on Children 2017-02-09T19:10:49+00:00

Conversing with Parents of Children with Autism – What Not to Say

2016-05-12T14:37:50+00:00

Despite good intentions, it’s easy to accidentally say the wrong thing when talking to parents of a child with autism. Like all parents, those with autistic children feel protective over their child and also want to feel like they’re doing the right thing by them. Autism is a sensitive subject, and saying something inappropriate can [...]

Conversing with Parents of Children with Autism – What Not to Say 2016-05-12T14:37:50+00:00

Bereaved By Suicide

2017-02-09T19:10:51+00:00

Losing someone you love is devastating in any circumstance, but when we lose someone to suicide, there is often an added layer of complexity. Common experiences/thoughts experienced by those bereaved by suicide: Shock (didn’t expect this, didn’t know the person wasn’t happy, no time to prepare for it, or if you were aware they were depressed, [...]

Bereaved By Suicide 2017-02-09T19:10:51+00:00

Modern Ways to Raise a Happy Family

2017-02-09T19:10:57+00:00

Finding balance in modern families can sometimes be difficult. Easy access to the internet has brought with it a sea of information – and conflicting opinions – about every parenting issue under the sun. It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the veritable ocean of parenting advice that comes your way, but there are ways [...]

Modern Ways to Raise a Happy Family 2017-02-09T19:10:57+00:00

Creative Ways to Help Children with Learning Disorders

2016-07-14T13:49:59+00:00

Dealing with learning disorders can be difficult for children and parents. While the causes of learning disorders are still under investigation by neuroscientists worldwide, what we do know is that learning disorders – sometimes called learning disabilities – affect a child’s ability to process and store information. On an everyday level, this commonly translates as [...]

Creative Ways to Help Children with Learning Disorders 2016-07-14T13:49:59+00:00

Is ADHD Real?

2016-05-11T10:01:33+00:00

ADHD, the short form of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a term that is used often today. It is used to describe a disorder that occurs in around 5-10% of children in Australia, but is also thrown around quite often when describing undiagnosed children who appear hyperactive or inattentive. The looseness of the terms’ use [...]

Is ADHD Real? 2016-05-11T10:01:33+00:00

Infographic: Exam Stress & How To Conquer It

2017-02-09T19:10:59+00:00

When it comes to our children at school, is exam stress a growing and worrying concern? View a great infographic by Study Medicine Europe* on exam stress and its impact on student health as well as nutritional and organisational tips to beat these stressful times. "Children with severe cases of text anxiety may have physical symptoms like stomach aches [...]

Infographic: Exam Stress & How To Conquer It 2017-02-09T19:10:59+00:00

Preparing for the Death of a Loved One

2017-02-09T19:11:02+00:00

A profound result of medical advancements is that death has become less of a sudden and unexpected event and more of a prolonged process that begins with a diagnosis, proceeds through a period of treatment, and ends eventually in death. This process means that both terminally ill individuals, and their support network, increasingly must "live with [...]

Preparing for the Death of a Loved One 2017-02-09T19:11:02+00:00

How to Manage the Most Challenging Autism Behaviours

2017-02-09T19:11:04+00:00

Parenting children who display challenging behaviours is always tricky, but parenting children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) presents a new challenge. Because children with autism can have difficulty coping with many situations, they often experience feelings of confusion, frustration, lack of control or anxiety. >> Here's a great video from The Huffington Post on what [...]

How to Manage the Most Challenging Autism Behaviours 2017-02-09T19:11:04+00:00

Ways to Boost a Child’s Confidence

2017-02-09T19:11:06+00:00

Part of being a child is having the confidence to explore, discover and play. To do this, it is very important for children to feel a sense of worth and belonging in the family. Environmental settings and social situations are a huge factor for children with low confidence. Causes of low self esteem Child psychologists [...]

Ways to Boost a Child’s Confidence 2017-02-09T19:11:06+00:00

Understanding the Different Levels of ASD

2017-02-09T19:11:12+00:00

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a lifelong disorder that affects up to one in 100 Australians. If you’ve noticed anything different about the way your child interacts, communicates or behaves, it could be time to seek a professional assessment from a child psychologist. By following diagnostic criteria, psychologists can diagnose ASD children and equip them [...]

Understanding the Different Levels of ASD 2017-02-09T19:11:12+00:00

Bonding with Children with Autism

2017-02-09T19:11:14+00:00

It’s normal for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to have difficulty communicating and forging relationships. Depending on the severity level of ASD, this difficulty can range from not responding to social overtures to severe deficits in communication skills and can result in social anxiety. For parents of children with autism, it can be extremely [...]

Bonding with Children with Autism 2017-02-09T19:11:14+00:00