Blogs

Adapting to Change

The one constant thing in our lives is change, as it is constant and inevitable. Change can come into our ...
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How to get a better nights’ sleep

Want a better nights’ sleep? Here’s what you need to know… https://youtu.be/_UFrY_1h2zU We all have crummy sleep from time to ...
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Animal-assisted therapy at Your Mind Matters Psychology Services

Animal-assisted therapy, or AAT involves a situation where an animal is assisting a therapist to reach a specific goal with ...
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Why Everyone Needs Their Beauty Rest

Many people say that sleep is important and that we need to rest up, but why exactly is that so? ...
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Are you trying to cope with a loss?

Grief is a natural response when facing a life limiting illness and the death of someone you love. Each person experiences ...
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How We Feel in Our Body and Intense Feelings

Have you ever felt so angry that your stomach hurt and your head pounds? Well, I have. In a recent ...
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Dealing with a life changing diagnosis: Providing support or being a carer

Learning that someone close to you has a potentially life impacting diagnosis, is a difficult experience. You may feel anxious, ...
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Maintaining emotional wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic

2020 sure hasn’t turned out like we envisioned. What started as a regular year, soon turned into something very different ...
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How YMM can support you during the COVID-19 pandemic

SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITY AND CLIENTS In the wake of community concerns around COVID-19, we’re committed to providing our clients with ...
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Goodbye 2019, Hello 2020 – How to make it your best year.

As we near the end of another year, we often start to think about our New Years’ resolutions. We reflect ...
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Accessing Support over our Christmas Closure

Christmas can be a challenging time of year for some of our clients, so we thought it may be helpful ...
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What Now? Life after a formal diagnosis of Autism

For some families, having a diagnosis that explains their child’s speech, behavioural and emotional issues is a relief. However, for ...
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Beating The Monday Morning Blues

I think we’ve all experienced that sense of dread as Monday rolls around. Feeling ‘blue’ with the lead up to ...
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Challenging Behaviours: What is your Child’s Behaviour Trying to Communicate?

Behaviour is communication I’ve never forgotten the following phrase that I heard in my initial training when I started working ...
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Coping and Managing with Workplace Stress

The workplace environment is rapidly and constantly changing. With online platforms, digital tools and smart devices make work more portable ...
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Self Care Resources

Steps We Could Take to Take Care of Ourselves One of our psychologists has taken the time to put together ...
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Have you heard about Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and would like to know more?

What is CBT? CBT is an intervention that takes a practical, task based approach to solving problems. The focus of ...
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The Relationship Between Diet and Mood

Why is eating healthy also good for your mind and mood? It’s a no brainer that eating healthy can improve ...
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How to cope when you can’t fall pregnant

We all have those friends or family members who seem to fall pregnant the instant they decide to have a ...
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Anger in Children

Anger is a normal feeling that everyone has felt at some point in their life. However, anger is a feeling ...
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Goal Setting

Goal setting is the process of creating an action plan with the aim of motivating a person towards a goal ...
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Navigating the NDIS

Are you new to the NDIS? Below we have answered some of the common questions asked by families. Once I ...
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Incorporating relaxation into everyday life

Many of us struggle to unwind and relax. We can often get caught up in the busy nature of life, ...
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Handy tips towards improved mental health in adolescents

Adolescence is the peak age of onset for many mental health conditions, with half of all mental disorders usually starting ...
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Dealing with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder

Bipolar Disorder is a mood disorder characterized by episodes of depression and mania. You may know this condition by its ...
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Overcoming Procrastination

Procrastination is the term used to define the act of avoiding or putting something off. We can all relate to ...
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Screen Time – How Much Is Too Much? When Is It a Problem?

I have so many parents asking me about screen time these days and what is and isn’t okay, so I ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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An Introduction to Mindfulness

MINDFULNESS – WHAT IS IT, AND HOW CAN I DO IT? You’ve probably heard the words “mindful” or “mindfulness”, but ...
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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) ...
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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, ...
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Building Resilience

Resilience is often described as an individual’s ability to transform adversity into wisdom, insight and compassion. Resilience is ordinary not ...
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Preparing Your Child For School

Starting school is an exciting time for most children. However, for some children, starting school can be a difficult and ...
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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 ...
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Relationships and Communication – How important is communication in a romantic relationship?

“Communication is a skill that you can learn. It’s like riding a bicycle or typing. If you’re willing to work ...
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Medicare Funded Online Counselling (Telehealth)

DID YOU KNOW….? As of 1st November 2017, Psychologists will be able to provide video counselling to patients in rural ...
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What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? 什么是泛自闭症障碍 (ASD)? (English and Mandarin)

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? Autism Spectrum Disorder is a term that current medical/allied health professionals use to encompass ...
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如何让孩子学习两种语言

Our Speech Pathologist, Fiona Low, has re-written her blog on helping children learn two languages in Mandarin: 如何让孩子学习两种语言 澳大利亚是个多元文化的国家。许多家庭中,会说多种语言的孩子非常多。如今,英语虽仍是澳洲的官方语言,越来越多的家庭都选择让孩子在家里或在学校里学习各种外语;那,孩子从小接触多种语言,会不会影响孩子的语言发展呢? 关于儿童学习双语的错误观念: 误区1: ...
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Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)

What is an Employee Assistance Program? An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is an arrangement between an organisation and its employees ...
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Men’s Health Week

June 12th 2017 marks the start of Men’s Health Week. Although it’s very normal for my peers and I to ...
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Supporting your children to learn two languages

Across the world, most individuals are either bilingual (speaking two languages) or multilingual (speaking multiple languages). Today in Australia, many ...
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Getting a better night’s sleep

Sleep is an important part of our well-being. Just ask a shift worker, a new mother, emergency service employees, a ...
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Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety condition involving intrusive negative thoughts and the repetition of certain behaviours. What is ...
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What can you expect when you visit a Psychologist at Your Mind Matters Psychology Services?

Coming to see a Psychologist can be rather daunting. Who wakes up in the morning and says, “I’d love to ...
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Post Natal Depression

Postnatal depression (PND) is a type of depression that many parents experience after having a baby. It usually affects mothers ...
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What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a feeling of unease, worry or fear. Everyone feels anxious at some point in their life, but for ...
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A Word on Addiction

Addiction is defined as not having control over doing, taking or using something to the point where it could be ...
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Tipsheets for Helping Children with Challenging Behaviours

Children with Challenging Behaviours At some point, all parents deal with the frustration of having their children present with some ...
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World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day 10th September 2016 The World Health Organization estimates that over 800,000 people in the world die ...
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Coping with Bereavement

Bereavement affects people in different ways. There’s no right or wrong way to feel. Experts generally accept that people usually ...
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Overcome Mental Exhaustion

5 Ways to Overcome Mental Exhaustion Feel like you’re at the end of your tether?  Here are 5 simple tips ...
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Dealing with Catastrophic Thinking

Us humans are great at worrying and churning things over and over (AND OVER!) in our minds. It’s a terrible, unhelpful ...
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Work-life balance

In this day and age, it can often become difficult to maintain a healthy work -life balance. With the increasing demands ...
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