Author: laura

Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Image source:   What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? Maybe you’ve heard someone refer to themselves as having “OCD” or being “OCD” about certain things like cleanliness or orderliness. In reality, OCD is a mental illness that can dramatically impact someone’s life. OCD is characterised by the presence of intrusive and unwanted thoughts, ideas or […]

Couples conflict: Why do we keep hurting each other and fighting about the same thing?

Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash   Conflict is a natural and unavoidable part of intimate relationships. Conflict often has a functional purpose and can actually provide opportunities for deeper connection and understanding.  All relationships, even the most successful ones, have conflict. Gottman & Gottman’s longitudinal research on couples found that approximately 31% of couple […]

Learning Assessments: What, When, Why and How?

Photo by Michał Parzuchowski on Unsplash   Has it been suggested that your child undergo a learning assessment? Are you unsure what a learning assessment involves or achieves? Your Mind Matters Psychology Services is here to help!   What are Learning Assessments? Learning assessments, also referred to as educational or psychoeducational assessments, are assessments that […]

What is Play Therapy? And how can it help your child?

  “Enter into children’s play and you will find the place where their minds, hearts, and souls meet.” -Virginia Axline   What is Play Therapy? Play Therapy is an effective and appropriate way to help children aged 2-12 years work through emotional, psychosocial and behavioural difficulties. It can help address issues faced in the family, […]

A Neurodiversity-Affirming Approach: What Is It and How Can It Support Your Child(ren)?

Image source:   What Is Neurodiversity?   In recent years, the neurodiversity movement has become increasingly prominent. Coined in the 1990s by Australian sociologist Judy Singer, the concept of neurodiversity acknowledges and embraces neurological differences i.e., variations in the way in which individuals interpret, process, and learn information. Neurodiversity can be broken down into […]

A brief overview of trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Photo by Susan Wilkinson on Unsplash   What is trauma? Trauma refers to the emotional response experienced following exposure to a distressing life event or situation. It can result from direct or indirect exposure, i.e., we have experienced the situation first hand, witnessed it, or heard that the event occurred to someone we know. Traumatic […]

Major Depression – More Than Just Feeling Blue

Photo by Jack Lucas Smith on Unsplash   Nowadays, people may use the word depression to colloquially describe several different feelings. These may include sadness, feeling down or upset, lethargy, or even a loss of motivation or care. Unsurprisingly, many people make these complaints, as the literature suggests that 20% of people experience some period […]