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Postnatal or Postpartum Depression: What is it?

Written by Brisbane Counselling Centre Psychologist, Natascha Madden.

“Postnatal depression” or “postpartum depression” is the name given to depression that is experienced after your baby’s birth. It can occur from one month after your baby is born, up to a year from your baby’s day of birth.
“Baby blues” v’s postnatal depression
Postnatal depression is different from the “baby blues”. The baby blues tend […]

By |July 6th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Postnatal or Postpartum Depression: What is it?|

What Happens in Your Brain and Body When a Relationship Ends?

Written by Brisbane Counselling Centre Psychologist, Natascha Madden.

If you or someone you care about is in a relationship that isn’t the healthiest partnership going around, you’ve probably realised that there isn’t an easy, magical, “right” time to end it.

Some relationships can be repaired. Others cannot. And if not, ending them is always difficult.

But while there’s no “right” time to end […]

By |May 8th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on What Happens in Your Brain and Body When a Relationship Ends?|

How to cope with stress

Written by Brisbane Counselling Centre Psychologist, Natascha Madden.

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 […]

By |October 16th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on How to cope with stress|

Relationship counselling – Why would I need that?

Written by Brisbane Counselling Centre Psychologist, Natascha Madden.

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’. […]

By |September 21st, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Relationship counselling – Why would I need that?|

10 Minutes of daily meditation – what could it do for me?

Written by Brisbane Counselling Centre Psychologist, Natascha Madden.

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 […]

By |June 6th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on 10 Minutes of daily meditation – what could it do for me?|

How to help someone suffering from depression

 

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 […]

By |November 17th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on How to help someone suffering from depression|

“Some say I’m negative, but they’re not positive 1.”

(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 […]

By |November 1st, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on “Some say I’m negative, but they’re not positive 1.”|

5 Benefits of EMDR Therapy for Everyone

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, […]

By |October 5th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on 5 Benefits of EMDR Therapy for Everyone|

A Consumer’s Guide to Melancholia

‘A penny for the old guy’(1).
Shape without form, shade without colour, Paralysed force, gesture without motion…

Between the idea And the reality Between the motion And the act
Falls the Shadow…

Between the conception And the creation Between the emotion And the response
Falls the Shadow…

 

 

 

Van Gogh, V. (1890) Sorrowing old man (at eternity’s gate).
..and a glossary to start…
Aboulia: Aboulia or abulia […]

By |September 10th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on A Consumer’s Guide to Melancholia|

Is online dating ruining our social skills?

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 […]

By |July 28th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Is online dating ruining our social skills?|