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How to limit challenging behaviours

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08/06/2021 13:00 PM
Asking for help and trusting others for advice is one of the hardest things to do - especially in a time of need, vulnerability, or stress. Many services and programs exist to help you find the right supports for your individual circumstances. For example, behavioural supports can be accessed through interpersonal relationships and daily living skills funding. Emotional regulation and parent coaching can assist developing functional daily living skills. If you have a National Disability...

Goals are our Desired Outcomes in Life

Posted By Giorgia Sala,
09/02/2021 16:01 PM
Goals are our desired outcomes in life. They could be short-term, long-term, little things or big things.  There are a few types of goals: “Process goals” described how we will do something: for example, “I will study for an hour each day”. These are largely within our control because they relate to our own behaviour and desires. There are “performance goals”, such as “I would like to run 5km in 20 minutes”. These are mostly within our control if we take the right steps, however there may ...

What are goals and values

Posted By Giorgia Sala,
03/12/2020 16:00 PM
Goals and Values Many of us are familiar with the concept of goals – working towards a desired outcome in the short, medium or long term. For example, “I want to save this much money by Christmas”, or “I want to run a marathon one day”. Goals are important for motivation and discipline... however, there are some downsides. When we don’t achieve our goals, we can feel deflated and bad about ourselves. Our so-called “failures” can become fuel for beating ourselves up. Goals can also be based on...

What is anxiety?

Posted By Elizabeth Pincott,
10/08/2020 09:50 AM
Anxiety is a common presentation for us at Breakfree Psychology Services and let's be honest, it’s not too surprising given the time we are living in. With the impact of COVID, there is the pressure for both parents to work and raise children at the same time and of course the pressures we put on ourselves to achieve or have comfortable things in our life, such as a bigger house or a new car. It’s not just individuals who present to a psychologist for counselling as a result of wanting to...

What do couples say about marathon therapy?

Posted By Elizabeth Pincott,
31/07/2020 12:00 PM
Breakfree Psychology Services provide specialist couples counselling, including an intensive form of couples counselling called marathon therapy.  People often phone us and ask about marathon therapy and whether or not it is effective, or more effective than standard couples therapy. So, I thought I would provide a list of some of the comments we have received from our marathon therapy sessions so future couples would know what is being said by the couples who have done a marathon session. ...

How to manage conflict in your relationship

Posted By Elizabeth Pincott,
30/04/2019 12:00 PM
Half of all marriages that end do so in the first 7 years. (Gottman, J.M. 1994) The Gottman’s have spent the last 40 years researching what makes a relationship successful and what creates problems and eventually leads to divorce. Conflict in a relationship is a sure way to move your relationship closer towards divorce, especially when conflict is not managed well. Skills to effectively manage conflict include; - Knowing how to actively listen and validate your partners position - Being able to...

What is couples therapy?

Posted By Elizabeth Pincott,
09/04/2019 09:00 AM
What is couples therapy? Couples therapy is an opportunity to work on parts of your relationship that are not working well for you, and these parts are often experienced as areas of conflict, negativity or dissatisfaction within your relationship. Couples typically attend couples therapy to work on the following issues; Conflict Poor Communication Affairs Lack of trust Poor commitment Lack of intimacy Negative feelings towards your partner Couples therapy is an opportunity to...