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Dealing With Your Child’s Increasing Independence

2017-12-17T23:43:33+11:00

It seems to happen overnight. That sweet little baby of yours has become an opinionated and busy toddler. Getting into everything and chatting away. It has officially begun, your child is learning how to be independent. As a parent it can be challenging to foster a healthy learning environment all while maintaining your sanity. Here [...]

Dealing With Your Child’s Increasing Independence2017-12-17T23:43:33+11:00

Pitfalls in the Classroom- Behaviours and Thoughts that reduce Academic Motivation

2017-11-20T00:13:51+11:00

Whether you are a parent or a teacher, we all want our students to reach their full potential in the classroom. We try our best to encourage and motivate, but let’s be honest, sometimes it works and sometimes we fall short. In order to provide our kids the support that they need, it can be [...]

Pitfalls in the Classroom- Behaviours and Thoughts that reduce Academic Motivation2017-11-20T00:13:51+11:00

Turning Towards: Facing Problems Together

2017-11-19T22:02:10+11:00

Sometimes when we face obstacles in life, we tend to push away the one person who is your biggest ally in life, your significant other. Whether you are married or dating, learning how to rely on your partner through tough times can take some practice, but in turn will create a strength in your relationship [...]

Turning Towards: Facing Problems Together2017-11-19T22:02:10+11:00

Fighting, Bickering, or Discussing- How to Argue Well

2017-11-19T22:05:33+11:00

If you are in a relationship, odds are high you have had a disagreement, and most likely an argument. We live in a society filled with romantic movies and stereotypes that lead us to believe that happy couples don’t argue. This is a dangerous belief system when the reality is that two different people, in [...]

Fighting, Bickering, or Discussing- How to Argue Well2017-11-19T22:05:33+11:00

When the Passion Fades: Tips for Long Term Relationships

2017-11-13T00:47:21+11:00

A new relationship is exciting. Those first few months together are filled with new experiences, adventures and passion. It is the kind of relationships that you see in romantic comedies, light hearted, fun, and well… basically perfect. This stage of the relationship is often referred to as the “honeymoon phase”. If you have ever had [...]

When the Passion Fades: Tips for Long Term Relationships2017-11-13T00:47:21+11:00

How is ADHD Assessed?

2017-10-30T13:12:17+11:00

With the growing awareness and ongoing conversation about ADHD, Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder, you may find yourself wondering if a diagnosis is appropriate for yourself or a loved one. Perhaps you are curious as to what assessment for ADHD may entail? Let’s break it down, explore what factors are examined, and learn about the process [...]

How is ADHD Assessed?2017-10-30T13:12:17+11:00

Dual-custody: How to create stability

2017-10-30T12:26:06+11:00

Divorce is never easy on a family. It can be particularly difficult when it comes to deciding what is best for our children. There is an ongoing debate as to whether or not dual-custody is better or worse for children due to the constant moving back and forth between homes. A recent study in Sweden [...]

Dual-custody: How to create stability2017-10-30T12:26:06+11:00

Transitioning to Single Life

2017-10-23T17:12:17+11:00

Whether it be navigating a tough divorce or letting go of the person you thought would be your life partner, break ups are incredibly difficult part of life. Dealing with powerful and overwhelming emotions is tough. Not to mention, trying to figure out how to function in your daily life as a single person! If [...]

Transitioning to Single Life2017-10-23T17:12:17+11:00

What is Autism?

2017-10-16T00:25:56+11:00

Research shows that Autism impacts 1 in 100 Australians, so odds are high that we have all had an intimate encounter with someone on the autism spectrum. With ever evolving research, changes, and studies, it can be hard to keep up with what is going on in the autism community. If you find yourself unsure [...]

What is Autism?2017-10-16T00:25:56+11:00

Perfectionism: Healthy or unhealthy?

2017-10-11T20:25:10+11:00

Job interviews are notorious for asking the question, “So what is your biggest flaw?” We have all been there, and we most likely have had the same answer, “I am a perfectionist.” Perfectionism is the perfect character flaw, that somehow isn’t really a character flaw. Or is it? We choose perfectionism to flaunt to future [...]

Perfectionism: Healthy or unhealthy?2017-10-11T20:25:10+11:00

Sleep hygiene for kids: How to get more Zzzz’s

2017-09-06T23:42:41+11:00

Sometimes we forget about how important sleep can be to our health. As adults, we can experience the effects of sleep deprivation first hand, but what about our kids? With the busy schedules and increased amount of technology in our daily lives, our kids are getting less sleep. In fact, an international study found that [...]

Sleep hygiene for kids: How to get more Zzzz’s2017-09-06T23:42:41+11:00

Culture Shock: How to adjust to a new culture while maintaining your cultural values

2017-09-06T23:31:09+11:00

Moving to a new culture can be quite the adventure. Whether you relocate for school, work, family, or just for a new experience, getting used to your new home can take time. People may ask if you are experiencing “culture shock”, but “culture shock” is a real thing that all types of expatriates experience. You [...]

Culture Shock: How to adjust to a new culture while maintaining your cultural values2017-09-06T23:31:09+11:00

How to make a difference on R U OK? Day

2017-09-06T23:21:22+11:00

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? Day2017-09-06T23:21:22+11:00

Communication Styles to Improve Relationships

2017-09-05T00:25:21+11:00

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 Relationships2017-09-05T00:25:21+11:00

Consistency and Consequences: Parenting Strategies for setting Boundaries

2017-08-23T17:42:23+11:00

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 Boundaries2017-08-23T17:42:23+11:00

Letting go of Control in Relationships

2017-08-19T22:51:53+11:00

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 Relationships2017-08-19T22:51:53+11:00

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

2017-08-01T14:03:40+11:00

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+11:00

Why Resilience?

2017-07-27T15:26:17+11:00

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+11:00

Procrastination: Your Perfectionism may be the Problem

2017-07-27T15:05:04+11:00

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 Problem2017-07-27T15:05:04+11:00

What is the WPPSI?

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

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+11:00

Supporting Children During Stress

2017-07-06T22:50:01+11:00

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 Stress2017-07-06T22:50:01+11:00

Arguments: Is being “right” really worth it?

2017-06-28T18:00:23+11:00

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+11:00

Sleep Troubles

2017-06-28T17:39:20+11:00

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 Troubles2017-06-28T17:39:20+11:00

Decision Making Guide for Busy People’s Schedules

2017-06-19T17:36:34+11:00

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 Schedules2017-06-19T17:36:34+11:00

Suicide: Tools for Talk and Tools for Help

2017-06-14T00:04:14+11:00

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 Help2017-06-14T00:04:14+11:00

What is the WISC-IV?

2017-05-27T00:27:18+11:00

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+11:00

What is the WIAT-II?

2017-05-27T00:00:14+11:00

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+11:00

What is the WAIS-IV?

2017-05-15T17:41:55+11:00

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+11:00

Mental Health Canberra

2017-05-04T01:10:40+11:00

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 Canberra2017-05-04T01:10:40+11:00

Impact of Vicarious Exposure to Traumatic Events on Mental Health

2017-05-04T01:14:18+11:00

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 Health2017-05-04T01:14:18+11:00

Common Traits of Adult AD/HD

2017-04-28T01:00:35+11:00

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/HD2017-04-28T01:00:35+11:00

Positive Psychology 101

2017-04-28T00:20:10+11:00

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 1012017-04-28T00:20:10+11:00

What exactly is Borderline Personality Disorder?

2017-04-25T09:42:28+11:00

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+11:00