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What is ACT?

What is ACT?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is commonly referred to as ACT, which is said as one word “Act” rather than the individual letters. It is an evidence-based cognitive and behavioural intervention.  ACT is designed to create greater psychological flexibility, which...

What is EFT?

What is EFT?

Emotion focused therapy (EFT) in its most simplistic form is a type of therapy that is focused on emotions. It is sometimes called “Process Experiential Therapy”. The core tenet of EFT is that our emotions are the key in helping us understand what is important to us...

What is CBT?

What is CBT?

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is based on the principles that our emotions and behaviours are influenced by our thoughts. Often these are unhelpful automatic thoughts, meaning that they occur in our mind without consciousness, leading us to feel overwhelmed,...

Understanding the process of therapy

Understanding the process of therapy

When people commence working with a psychologists, whether for the first time or if you have engaged with a psychologist before, it can be a daunting prospect; What’s it going to be like? What are they going to ask me? Will I like it?  These are all nature and...

Pain in children

Unfortunately children also experience pain. As adults, we often want to do what we can to help them avoid pain, but this is not always possible. As psychologists there are may things we can do to help children cope with pain. To find out more watch this video from...

What Strategies Work Best to Manage Pain?

What Strategies Work Best to Manage Pain?

  Pain is a subjective and deeply personal issue. There is no one-size-fit-all approach to pain, and therein lies the greatest benefit of having a psychologist as part of your pain management team - a personalised therapeutic approach to managing your...

Self Care Tips from a Psychologist

Self Care Tips from a Psychologist

In this video Jenna Trainor discusses how self care should be a package deal. We need to think about self care holistically across all aspects of our life and not focus on one area. She also encourages us to think about self compassion and kindness towards ourselves....

Understanding OCD

Understanding OCD

Do you know what Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is? Watch this video to find out more. 

OCD treatment for children

OCD treatment for children

Helping children understand what OCD actually is, is a very important part of treatment itself. OCD can lead to a lot of distress and confusion for the young person and their family.  A child can easily blame themselves and begin to think there is something seriously...

OCD in children

OCD in children

For children and young people with OCD can be debilitating and distressing experience. What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? OCD is characterised by obsessions and compulsions. OCD can typically develop gradually, and you may start to notice your child becoming...

What to do with OCD in kids

What to do with OCD in kids

What to do when your brain gets stuck by Dawn Huebner is a fantastic self-help book for children who are suffering with OCD. It uses cognitive behavioural techniques to map out OCD and help kids to overcome it. The book is an interactive and fun way for children to...

Helping children respond to trauma

Helping children respond to trauma

Whether your child has been through a traumatic incident, witnessed one, or heard about it, they may be affected by an array of difficult emotions. Trauma could be school bullying, changes in lifestyle as a result of COVID-19, witnessing the death of a loved one,...

What is OCD?

What is OCD?

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that affects two to three percent of the population (more than 500,000 Australians). It usually begins in late childhood or early adolescence. People with OCD experience recurrent and persistent thoughts,...