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Negative Thought Patterns: Critical-Self

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02/06/2022 12:00 PM
Negative Thought Patterns: Critical-Self Do you find that you put yourself down? Criticize yourself? Or perhaps you blame yourself for situations or events that aren’t (totally) your fault? If this sounds familiar at all, you may be engaging in “critical-self”, a negative thought pattern or cognitive distortion that often feels like an internal bully. This voice communicates a pattern of destructive thoughts towards ourselves, and is often at the root of our self-destructive or maladaptive...

Negative Thought Patterns: Black and White Thinking

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10/05/2022 16:00 PM
Do you ever find yourself thinking in absolutes? This thought pattern can go in several directions, you may think that you’re always right, a huge failure or that you only receive bad luck. This way of thinking is a cognitive distortion, not allowing us to see life and its many events for what they are, which is complex.   How Black and White Thinking Can Impact Us Having this ‘all-or-nothing’ mindset can seriously limit our ability to correctly discern situations and resolve conflict....

Personal Boundaries

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10/05/2022 14:00 PM
Personal boundaries are the limits or rules we set for ourselves within relationships. People create boundaries to identify for themselves what are reasonable, safe, and permissible ways for others to behave around them and how they will respond if someone steps outside of these. A person with healthy boundaries can say ‘no’ to others when they want to, but they are also comfortable opening themselves up to having close relationships. The easiest way to think about a boundary is a property line...

The Gottman Method of Couples Counselling

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26/04/2022 10:00 AM
The Gottman Method is a couples counselling strategy that incorporates a comprehensive examination of the couple's relationship as well as evidence-based therapies. The goals of the therapy are to increase empathy and understanding, remove barriers that cause stagnation, promote affection, respect, and intimacy, and disarm antagonistic verbal communication within the framework of the partnership.   What is the Gottman Method, and How Does it Work? The Gottman Method was designed by Dr....

Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)

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11/04/2022 14:00 PM
Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) ‘Demand avoidance’ means not being able to do particular things at certain times, either for yourself or others. It also refers to things we do in order to avoid demands. Avoiding demands is a natural human trait we all do at varying degrees and for different reasons. Autistic individuals may avoid demands or situations that trigger anxiety and sensory overload. They may refuse, withdraw or shutdown in order to escape or avoid these situations that can...

What is WAIS psychological testing and when is it needed?

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05/04/2022 11:00 AM
The intelligence quotient (IQ) tests of the Wechsler Adult Intellect Scale (WAIS) are the most widely used clinical instruments for assessing adult and adolescent intelligence. The Wechsler intelligence scales have been used in neuropsychological testing since the Wechsler-Bellevue I. The WMS-IV was standardised with the WAIS-IV, and both tools together provide a considerably more comprehensive assessment of a person's neurocognitive condition. Purpose The WAIS test assesses both verbal and...

Behaviour Reinforcement for Children

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22/03/2022 14:00 PM
Behaviour Reinforcement for Children Does your child ever do something that makes you think “If only they would do that all the time!”, or “I wish they would stop doing that!”? If so, you will be happy to hear that it is possible to make this happen. Behaviours Serve Functions If a childs behaviour is occurring consistently or increasing in frequency, it is being reinforced in one way or another. Reinforcement is not just receiving a reward, it refers to anything that maintains or increases a...

Is telehealth for me?

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22/03/2022 14:00 PM
Maybe you live in a regional town with limited access to mental health facilities. Or maybe you are unable to physically attend sessions. Whatever your circumstance, this is where telehealth can fill that gap. However as in most things in life there are pros and cons to using telehealth. To ensure you sign up for the best system that helps your circumstances, I’ve collated non-exclusive details as follows: PROS & CONS The Pros Convenience, flexibility, comfortability, having easy access to...

Learn how to relax

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11/03/2022 12:50 PM
JUST RELAX Psychologists can help you Learn how to Relax Relaxing seems simple in theory but without regular practice of appropriate strategies, stress can creep up on us. It is a common misconception to think “I don’t need to implement relaxation strategies as I am not feeling that stressed”. Relaxation strategies along with psychological skills development are equally focused on preventing, as well as treating the problem. In our busy lifestyles we can neglect to prioritise prevention over t...

What Is Schema Therapy and When Is It Needed?

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01/03/2022 10:00 AM
Schema therapy is a modern style of therapy that incorporates components of emotion-focused therapy, attachment theory, psychoanalysis, and CBT, among others, by delving deeper into maladaptive coping strategies, emotions, and the causes of mental health issues. It's an integrative method to treating personality disorders and other mental health issues that don't usually respond to traditional treatments. It can be very beneficial in the treatment of borderline personality disorder. You'll work...