With the hectic pace of our lives, a never ending to do list and the pressures of our current world, people seem to be becoming more stressed and anxious. There is a part of our brain that is focused heavily on interpreting and identifying threats in our world. This section of our brain triggers off the fight or flight […]
What started out as an Eastern spiritual practice, meditation aides countless people every day globally. Meditation is an ongoing process of focused thought and mindfulness, and is seen in several forms such as focused attention meditation and effortless presence. All people can experience many benefits of meditating, as it assists in living a healthier, happier life. Ultimately, you choose […]
Written by Brisbane Counselling Centre Psychologist, Natascha Madden.
Depression is a serious, widespread condition that directly affects more than a million Australians per year, with even higher representation among young Australians (aged 16 – 24). Fortunately, friends and loved ones can play a powerful role in helping someone with depression, often just by being there and reminding them they are […]
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a valuable tool that has helped countless people remove the effects of trauma from their lives. This eight-stage process targets the patient’s beliefs about his/her past, present and future, and the negative experiences that colour them.
EMDR has long been used to treat people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression, […]
How instant gratification may triumph over long lasting relationships
Online dating has become a very popular and profitable service in Australia, with dozens of local and international websites offering dating services to Australians. According to the ACCC 2015 Online Dating Report, Australia’s online dating services earned $113.3 million in 2014-15, with total membership numbers passing 4.6 million across all major services.
But is […]
The body responds to 3 types of threat:
1. Internal – like illness,
2. External – like a predator or bad weather, and
3. Social rejection – exposes us to the first 2 types of threat.
When we are presented with a threat, our intelligent brain switches off and our instinctive reactive brain takes over. The reason being that our brain was designed by […]
Albert Ellis was an eminent Psychologist and expert on social anxiety.
He developed Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy. Here he gives a presentation on worry:
If we understand attachment styles, we can calm ourselves and others quickly. Sometimes our feelings don’t make sense and we don’t know why we feel the way we do. Often, our relationship with our partner or parent is negatively impacted by our own childhood and our attachment style. To understand why we come up against a blank when trying to […]
New year resolutions are a great opportunity for self-improvement, but they can be harder to keep than you imagined.
Here are some new year tips for setting realistic and achievable goals.
A Psychologist’s perspective
Around 50% of Australians make new year resolutions, but only 12% actually follow through on them, with a whopping 33% giving up by the end of January. There […]
Christmas is celebrated as the happiest time of the year, although having feelings of loneliness and depression during the holidays is more common than you might think. Being depressed at Christmas, when everyone around you appears to be doing so well not only highlights perceived differences between their lives and yours, it can make you feel guilty for not […]