Author: laura

Knowing when to seek help

Most of us experience stress at some point in our life and some experience other mental health issues during their lifetime. So when do you know you might need to find some help for a mental health issue? Stigma has long been a barrier, but now more and more people readily access therapy and discuss […]

Autism Spectrum and Sensory Issues

Individuals on the Autism Spectrum often experience differences in the way they process sensory experiences. They typically experience sensory input more intensely than others. There can be a need for extra sensory input, or a need to reduce the sensory input that is being experienced intensely. This is for all types of senses. The pattern of sensory needs varies […]

Quick Self-Care Tools for Parents

  Having worked with children with a range of varying needs, one thing I have noticed is that parents often forget to take care of themselves as they prioritise their children’s needs over theirs. It’s important that parents care for themselves – first, for their own well-being, but also because any effort they put into […]

Confidentiality – What You Need To Know

When seeing a psychologist, you may wonder what information remains confidential. Psychologists are bound by ethical guidelines, the APS Code of Ethics, and this includes protecting a client’s privacy by not disclosing the content of therapy. There are some limits to confidentiality, which means that the psychologist will need to breach your privacy in situations […]

An Introduction to Mindfulness

MINDFULNESS – WHAT IS IT, AND HOW CAN I DO IT? You’ve probably heard the words “mindful” or “mindfulness”, but perhaps you aren’t quite sure what this means, or how to engage in mindful behaviours. What Is Mindfulness?  Mindfulness is simply the awareness that arises when we deliberately pay attention, non-judgmentally, to what is happening […]

Helping Children & Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder & Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal part of children’s development, but children and teenagers with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can experience anxiety more intensely and more often than other children.    Anxiety or autism spectrum disorder? Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) feel many of the same worries and fears as other children. But […]

What is self-esteem and how do I improve it?

Self-esteem plays a key role towards our emotional well-being. Although low self-esteem is not in itself a mental health issue, the two are closely related. Many of the feelings experienced by an individual with low self-esteem can be similar to those of depression and anxiety and can include: Feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness Worrying about […]

Building Resilience

Resilience is often described as an individual’s ability to transform adversity into wisdom, insight and compassion. Resilience is ordinary not extraordinary that means everybody has resilience, it’s a question of how well is it used when needed. High resilience does not mean that an individual does not feel pain but simply means that they have […]

Practicing self-care this Christmas

  Christmas is fast approaching, and the 2017 year is nearing a close. For many the festive season is a time of giving, spending time with loved ones, and let’s not forget the elaborate feasts! It’s all too often that we get caught up in the hype of the festive season, whether it be buying […]