Stress is a normal part of life. Everyone feels stress from time to time and some stress is motivating and helpful to get tasks done. Stress is a physiological reaction to something that our brain assesses to be a threat or a danger. For example, a deadline for an assignment rapidly approaching and not having started the work may […]
Relationships can be tough. At first a new relationship often starts on a positive note. At the beginning of a relationship we are flooded with a feel good hormone that can affect our judgement, often seeing the new love as a person who can do no wrong. I call it the ‘love goggles’. We see our new partner as […]
(Half empty? Half full?)
Ever get sick of being fed the standard ‘look on the bright side’, ‘be more positive’, or ‘choose happiness’ (usually served with a side of ‘cheer up; things could be worse’) when reaching out to those around you with a heart-felt and legitimate plea for just a modicum of understanding and help with some life obstacle […]
Whilst debate1 over the comparative predictive power of psychotherapy has been re-ignited by attachment theory and emotional attachment2,3,4, (which adds an inter-generational dimension to the analysis and remediation of child and adult relationship issues), a sharper tool has emerged to address the colloquially age-old question.
‘…just how much of my parents’ lives have rubbed off on me?’
For those drilled from […]
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 […]