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2022

Autism Therapy Should Start as Soon as Your Child is Diagnosed

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01/08/2022 12:39 PM
Autism is a developmental disability which starts to present itself in children as young as 12 to 18 months. Children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have difficulty communicating, interacting, and socializing, among other problems like difficulty understanding and following instructions. Autism is a life-long disability, but it shouldn’t be treated like one. With early intervention and treatment, autism can be really controlled. Autistic children who are diagnosed early and receive...

How to Manage a Situational Crisis

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27/07/2022 16:20 PM
When things go against us in life, it can be easy to see this as an insurmountable problem that cannot be overcome. Unfortunately, this is a reality that we all experience at one point or another. Whether it is a career setback, the loss of a loved one, or a large change in your circumstances, it can be easy to let a situational crisis overwhelm you. When faced with something like this, there are several ways we can manage and take action to see our way out of crisis mode. Look at Your Thought...

Seeing a Male Psychologist

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05/07/2022 15:24 PM
Are you thinking about seeing a psychologist for your anxiety, depression, relationships or other issues? Perhaps you have been engaged with a psychologist for a while and you’re looking for a fresh start? Selecting a therapist of another gender may be the change you’re looking for. While a great deal of therapy options today are completed with a female, there are many positive reasons to engage with a male clinician. A Different Perspective Each psychotherapist has their own skills and life...

Townsville Bulletin - Our Expanding Practice

Posted By Elizabeth Pincott,
02/06/2022 13:00 PM

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...