Rumination is a part of being human - especially in times of stress. It's a star symptom in both anxiety disorders and depression - and if you're depressed or very anxious, rumination can feel like being stuck in a flood that threatens to drown you. But it doesn't have to. Because rumination is a kind of habit - and habits can be changed.
The Big Sensory Regulation Cheat Sheet
If you've ever done housework to help shift your mood or manage stress, made a cup of tea when you're feeling sad, played music to boost your mood, or gone for a run or to the gym to work through feelings - then you've used sensory regulation.
Ten Tips to Survive the Holidays
(and some happy distractions if all else fails). “If you think you’re enlightened, spend a week with your family.” ~ Ram Dass Festive fancy drinks can be low-booze or alcohol free, as well as giving you control of what you're drinking. At this time of year, there are probably people who are looking forward to … Continue reading Ten Tips to Survive the Holidays
Using the Biopsychosocial model of wellbeing and Circle of Control model of personal efficacy to organise positive change and mental health recovery.
Meditation Tips for Beginners (& Rusty Meditators)
Meditation is a media and wellbeing darling, and it's easy to see why. Read on for some food for thought and tips to set up a regular practice.
Top Down / Bottom Up
The process of healing is tricky. It's full of stops and starts, times of growth, and moments when you'll feel stalled or even like you're going backward. In the moments where the night seems darkest, it's worth keeping in mind that healing can be reignited or even given a boost by shifting your perspective. Sometimes … Continue reading Top Down / Bottom Up
When self care becomes burnout and we're not recovering from the work we're doing to recover, it's time to swim out of the mainstream and get some perspective.
Things That Help
In the quest for a better sense of self, improved wellbeing and positive change, there are some practical things that you can do. Here's a run down of my first eight Things That Help.
Some (Surprising) Things I Learned in Therapy.
Weird, counterintuitive and surprising insights gleaned from a lifetime of counselling.
A Handy Guide to the Helping Professions from the Australian Counselling Association.
One of the most common queries any Counsellor will get is "What's the difference..?" And it's a good question. What is the difference, for example, between a Counsellor and a Psychotherapist, a Counsellor and a Psychologist or a Counsellor and a Social Worker? At the end of this post you'll find a guide (published by … Continue reading A Handy Guide to the Helping Professions from the Australian Counselling Association.