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  • Mental and Emotional Wellbeing in Childhood & Adolescence

    Mental and emotional wellbeing of children is vital for their overall development and happiness. As children progress through different stages of childhood, their emotional needs and challenges evolve. It is crucial to implement strategies that promote mental and emotional wellbeing at each stage. This article explores practical approaches to enhance mental and emotional wellbeing among…

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  • Everything You Need to Know About Provisional Psychologists

    Our provisional psychologists have studied a minimum of 4-5 years in tertiary education before undertaking an additional internship year to develop their professional practice. During this internship, they undertake a higher level of supervision from fully registered senior psychologists.  This supervision process ensures that provisional psychologists have additional support in skill development, ethical practice, and…

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  • How to support someone with Postnatal Depression

    Postnatal depression can be an overwhelming and isolating experience for mothers after childbirth. The transition into motherhood brings forth numerous challenges, alongside the joy of having a newborn. New mothers can often grapple with disrupted sleep, depleted energy levels, diminished self-esteem, and pervasive feelings of inadequacy and guilt. What is Postnatal Depression? Postnatal depression is…

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  • A Guide to Overcoming Codependency in Relationships

    Codependency in relationships is a dysfunctional dynamic where one person excessively relies on another for their self-worth and well-being. It involves sacrificing one’s own needs, enabling destructive behaviours, and lacking healthy boundaries, hindering personal growth and perpetuating dysfunction. Are you in a codependent relationship? Relationship codependency is a dysfunctional pattern of behaviour. A codependent person…

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  • How Do I Stop Worrying?

    How many times have you heard the words ‘stop worrying’ by those well intentioned loved ones? And how many times have you wanted to answer, ‘tell me how, and I will.’? It’s a frustrating experience to be repetitively told that all you need to do to ease your anxiety is to stop this seemingly incessant…

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  • Anxiety, Worrying, and Overthinking

    Anxiety, worrying or overthinking is like most things — on a scale. Some people will avoid ‘scary’ things like the plague, others will simply play an event in their head a thousand times, or  ruminate and stay up all night worrying about ‘what if’. Some people will be known as ‘nervous’ whilst others will be…

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  • Food and Eating During COVID-19

    Many people struggle with psychological hunger, also known as non-hungry eating, or emotional eating at the best of times. We can eat for so many reasons other than being physically hungry. Usually these reasons are based around an emotion such as boredom, stress, anxiety, or sadness. Sometimes we eat to celebrate or treat or reward…

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  • Tips to Improve Your Sleep Hygiene

    Did you know there’s a term for your bedtime rituals and nightly habits? Collectively, these behaviors are known as sleep hygiene. You already know sleep is important; and if you want to get a better night’s sleep, the answer often begins with improving your sleep hygiene. Improvements in sleep hygiene offer an “easy win” in…

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  • Anxiety In A Time Of Uncertainty

    You already know the drill. In an effort to keep you alive, your brain is constantly scanning its environment looking for things to worry about that are a ‘danger’ to you. It is a pattern recognition machine, and oh boy does it go to town when something is worrying you. Let’ face it, your brain…

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  • Physical Isolation Does Not Mean Social Isolation

    The research is very clear on this: if you want to say psychologically fit, strong and healthy, you need to socialise and bond with others. This makes sense, we are social animals, and we need social contact. But what does this look like in a time that we have been asked to physically distance ourselves…

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  • Tips for Talking with Children about the Coronavirus Pandemic

    It can be tricky as a parent to know how much to tell your kids about what’s going on in the world. It’s also normal to want to keep them away from bad news and let them get on with being kids. But it’s important they understand what’s happening and know how to protect themselves…

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  • Alcohol and Self-Isolation

    During self isolation you may find you have more time on your hands than normal. Although studies suggest people actually work more when they are at home, some of us may be unable to work as usual, and that leaves us more time to kick back and maybe watch that TV show or read that…

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  • When You are Isolated and Alone, Follow Your True North

    When the ocean is calm and you can see land, it is easy to navigate true north; you can see the way forward with your own eyes, all you have to do is stay the course. However, when the tides of emotion are high, and the sky’s are cast over with fear, isolation and confusion,…

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  • Tips to Take Care of Your Mental Health During Home Isolation

    Social distancing and home isolation can be really hard to deal with. It’s normal to feel anxious, frustrated or bored, and if you’re worried about the effect it will have on your mental health, you are not alone. Here are 10 ways in which you can take care of your mental health while self-isolating during…

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  • In a Time of Uncertainty, The Future Seems Scary

    We all are scared, and that’s OK.  We face uncertain times ahead and for many of us, the fear of the unknown – an uncertain future, terrifies us the most. We want you to know these feelings are perfectly normal and valid, but they need not dominate your every waking moment. Strong thoughts about ‘what…

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  • Games to Play with Children at Home

    Playing games with your children at home offers numerous benefits.  First and foremost, it creates a strong bond and strengthens the parent-child relationship.  It provides an opportunity for quality time together, fostering communication and understanding. Games stimulate cognitive development by enhancing problem-solving skills, critical thinking, and strategic planning.  They promote creativity and imagination, allowing children…

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  • How to be Self-Compassionate

    Research has shown that practicing self-compassion can have positive effects on both our mental and physical health. As we continue to face the significant challenges of COVID-19, building self-compassion is one of the steps we can take to protect and improve our health. What is Self-Compassion? Self-compassion means treating oneself with kindness, patience, warmth and…

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  • COVID-19

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) measures As coronavirus cases rise across Australia, the level of anxiety within the community is increasing. Feelings of unease, stress and worry can be expected during these trying times, however, it is important we continue life as well as we can. The Federal Government announced that non-essential services will begin to be closed…

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  • Update – 29 July 2021

    Update 29 July 2021 Dear Client, IMPORTANT UPDATE Changes to Booking Appointments: On Tuesday 29 July 2021, Strategic Psychology moved to a new online booking system to address the current extended wait times for appointments. Our new booking system involves prepayment to confirm appointments which reduces the volume of pre-booked appointments and increases appointment availability.…

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  • How To Get Better Sleep (And Why It Is Vital To Your Mental Health)

    It isn’t a health secret that sleeping is good for you, but what role does your sleep play in your mental health? Studies show that during REM (rapid eye moment) sleep, the individual gains benefits of enhanced learning, memory, and can even contribute to your emotional health. Sleep disruption, or as we may refer to…

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  • Is this Forever? The Permanency of Diagnosis

    If you have recently received or your child has recently received a mental health diagnosis, you may be wondering if this diagnosis will last forever. The label and stigma of a mental health diagnosis can be pressure and temptation enough to want to avoid the entire process. Will this be my label for the rest…

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