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Why am I lonely?

Why am I lonely?

Research has suggested that humans are neurologically wired to connect, and as a species we have relied on our tribe to survive and thrive. We have an innate need to belong, and if this need is not met it can cause us to feel lonely and impact negatively on our mental...

Signs of Loneliness

Signs of Loneliness

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our social routines, and in many cases has reduced the number of people we interact with. This makes it harder to maintain meaningful social connections, resulting in loneliness.  However, Loneliness can happen for a number of...

Monitoring your mood

Monitoring your mood

Often one of the first things psychologists will get their clients to do is to monitor their mood. Tracking your mood becomes an important resource in the therapy process as it provides information to be able to: identify any patterns recognise possible triggers or...

Exercise can make you feel better

Exercise can make you feel better

The last past couple of years we have all been informed of the impact of COVID-19 on our mental health. And while we’re now beginning to ease restrictions on social distancing, job losses, world events, social isolation and uncertainty over the future, is still...

Tips to improving mood

Tips to improving mood

“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” Dalai Lama “Do not set aside your happiness. Do not wait to be happy in the future. The best time to be happy is right now.” Roy T. Bennett   Happiness is a curious thing. Have you ever thought...

What is Social Anxiety?

What is Social Anxiety?

Often people from time to time might get nervous/anxious in front of crowds, meeting new people, or presenting in front of people. However, for some people this anxiety can be so intense that it disrupts their daily life, stops them from doing things they enjoy, and...

What is a panic attack?

What is a panic attack?

Panic attacks are abrupt surges of intense fear or discomfort that reaches a peak within minutes. During this time at least four of the following symptoms occur: palpitations, pounding heart or accelerated heart rate sweating trembling or shaking sensations of...

Types of Anxiety

Types of Anxiety

In 2018 alone, 13 % of Australians (3.2 million people) reported having an anxiety-related condition, a 2% increase from previous years. Anxiety is different for everyone, people experience different symptoms and at different times from different triggers. There are...

How to challenge unhelpful thoughts

How to challenge unhelpful thoughts

Negative unhelpful thoughts are often at the root of mood disorders. Knowing how to identify and challenge negative thoughts can be a very useful tool in improving mood and wellbeing. Find out how in this video by Caitlin Stark, Clinical Psychologist (Reg).

How to challenge unhelpful thoughts

How to challenge unhelpful thoughts

One of the key aspects of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is that how we feel is linked to the way we think (cognitions) and what we do (behaviours). Therefore, if we want to change the way we feel, we must make changes to our cognitions and behaviours.  We have...

What is informal mindfulness?

What is informal mindfulness?

I’m sure you have all heard about Mindfulness.  Perhaps you have even given it a go or already utilise mindfulness as part of your regular way of life. Mindfulness is generally described as the process of deliberately paying attention to the present moment, and doing...

Making exercise a habit

Making exercise a habit

For many people a common goal of the new year is to increase the amount of exercise they are doing as part of a way to improve their physical and mental well-being. However, trying to incorporate exercise into your busy lifestyle and maintain being physically active...

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