Health and Well-Being

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 by mid-teens. Despite the increased awareness of mental health issues through a number of initiatives, almost a quarter of Australian teenagers exhibit symptoms of mental illness. How Adolescents Can Deal with Stress and Improve Mental […]

Overcoming Procrastination

Procrastination is the term used to define the act of avoiding or putting something off. We can all relate to holding off on doing something. Putting a task off occasionally is not so much a problem, as when we begin to do this on a regular basis. For example, putting off your washing for a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 and remote areas of Australia. These sessions will be subsidised by Medicare under a Mental Health Care Plan (Better Access). What is considered rural and remote? This will be based on the Modified Monash Model […]

Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)

What is an Employee Assistance Program? An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is an arrangement between an organisation and its employees to provide a variety of support programs for the employees. This can include assessment, short-term counselling, referrals, and on-site support for critical incidents. EAP is a voluntary counselling service designed to assist employees to address […]