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Online Psychiatry
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It can be hard to reach out and take the necessary steps towards making your first online psychiatry appointment and we know that many people feel nervous in the lead up to their initial session. While we understand that seeing your online psychiatrist for the first time can leave you feeling anxious, knowing what to […]

health anxiety
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The coronavirus is dominating the news at the moment, causing a great deal of fear and anxiety for many people worldwide. Any time there is a public health concern, like a new strain of a virus, worries and fears can be amplified, even in those who don’t usually manifest signs of anxiety. Health anxiety is […]

stress-management
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Now the holidays are well and truly over and the children are back at school, many of us are back into our regular day-to-day routine. Despite having a well-earned break, sometimes it doesn’t take long before the pressures of life begin to build up again. These pressures can come from many different areas, whether it’s […]

Psychologist or Psychiatrist
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Many people are confused by the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist. Both these health professionals understand how the brain works, as well as our emotions, thoughts and feelings. And both have years of education and training and can treat mental illness with talking therapies. As a result, the similarities in both job roles […]

positive life
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Traumatic events such as a divorce, serious illness, the loss of a loved one or natural disasters such as bushfires – often leave a psychological hangover, long after the psychical damage or injury may have healed. However, there can be another side to the distressing experiences that we face in life. Studies show that many […]

Building Resilience
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Unfortunately, adversity is part of life and dealing with loss or change is inevitable. It can come in different forms, such as a serious illness, the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, or a natural disaster, such as a bushfire. Often, people react to such distressing situations with a sense of […]

bushfires
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Here in Australia, emotions are running high, not only in the evacuation zones but across the whole country. From the anxiety of having to leave homes located in fire zones to the loss of property and even death, this recent bushfire crisis has been a severely traumatic time for many people. Bush fires are a […]

self-reflection
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In this ‘always-on’ culture, it’s easier than ever to race through our weeks and months without ever taking time to just stop, breathe and think – really think – about how we’re feeling… But the good news is that it’s never too late to stop and do some self-reflection. In fact, doing so comes with […]

sadness or depression
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Millions of people worldwide experience feelings of depression or sadness at some point during their lives. However, in order to cope with the issue in a healthy way, it’s important to recognise the differences between the emotions of sadness and a clinical diagnosis of depression. Difference #1: Sadness is an emotion – depression is a […]

nutrition and anxiety
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1. Take a shower It may be simple, but taking a shower can be a wonderful way to break through the cycle of swirling thoughts in your mind and bring you back into feeling more present in your body. The hot water relaxes tense muscles, so spend a few moments directing the water onto your […]

Positive thinking
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Learning how to harness the power of positivity can have an amazing impact on your life. It will help you to stay optimistic, to see the opportunity within a problem, and to recognise the silver linings in any situation. The mental and physical benefits of positive thinking have been proven in numerous scientific studies. They show that […]

Pilates and mental health
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The modern world as we know it is full of stress, chaos and distractions. Each one of us is looking to find a personal state tranquillity and peace, to help us relax and make sense of what’s going on in our busy lives. When searching for such inner balance, people usually consider popular self-improvement techniques […]

Eating disorders
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An eating disorder often begins with the best of intentions, such as a desire to lose weight and control eating habits. But, unfortunately for some people, those good intentions can go very wrong and can result in binge eating, bulimia, anorexia nervosa or other eating disorders. Any type of eating disorder is serious and is […]

Workplace burnout
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From time to time, it’s normal to feel a little stressed at work. However, for some people, that stress becomes all-consuming and affects their daily life. In time, this can leave you feeling physically and emotionally exhausted, frustrated and even depressed. This is known as ‘burnout’ and results from chronic workplace stress that is not […]

EAP Counselling
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Every so often, employees may experience problems in their personal lives and this can impact their mental health and overall wellbeing. Needless to say, this can easily spill over into the workplace too and affect their job performance – which can cost a business in several ways, such as: Increased sick leave Lack of focus […]

eco-anxiety
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Climate change is frequently in the headlines and is weighing down the minds of many of us. There has been such a significant wave of individual and public distress that some have coined this new form of anxiety – ‘eco-anxiety’. Is ‘eco-anxiety’ a real thing? Although it doesn’t yet appear in our diagnostic manual (Diagnostic […]

Couples Counselling
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Have you been feeling unhappy in your relationship? At what point do you decide that getting couples counselling is necessary and once you have made this decision, what happens next? Here are all your questions answered… When Should I Seek Counselling? The idea of letting someone else enter the private space of your secret world […]

positive psychology
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Gratitude is possibly the most important key to finding happiness and success in today’s modern world. Knowing exactly what we appreciate means understanding who we are, knowing what really matters to us and what makes life worthwhile. What’s more, when we practice positive psychology, and we pay close attention to what we feel most grateful […]

online counselling
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Unfortunately, the negative stigma that surrounds face-to-face or online counselling is a deterrent for many people when it comes to seeking help. Despite the benefits of talking to a psychologist, many still feel that therapy is for weak or socially unacceptable people – but this couldn’t be further from the truth. The vast majority of […]

trash
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How to Deal with Rejection without Letting It Crush Your Spirit Being liked feels vital; in fact, we are wired to value social connectedness and approval because, generally speaking, our success depends on it. However, the harsh reality is that we all face rejection -frequently throughout life!. Exclusion could be in the form of loss […]

worried man
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Do you identify as being a ‘worrier’? Learn 5 evidence based strategies for taking back control of your unruly thoughts. We meet many individuals who are battling with overthinking. There is a distinctive pattern to unhelpful worry which (when you know what you are looking for) is easy to spot and is also fairly easy […]

mindfulness in the workplace
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Mindfulness, productivity and happiness   Mindfulness is a real buzzword at the moment right. We are hearing about Mindfulness helping in almost every sphere of our lives. The benefits of Mindfulness include enhanced productivity, enhanced creativity, improved interpersonal skills, reduced absenteeism, weight loss, increases in happiness, savouring, improved sleep and we even believe it is […]

Panic Attack Treatment
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Parental Guilt This month’s topic is about parental guilt. Let’s face it each of us are experiencing some sort of guilt on a daily basis. Guilt is a funny emotion and it can take a hold of your emotions and you end up saying and doing things that you normally wouldn’t do. When it comes […]

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Men’s mental health is a hot topic.. so hot we all keep talking about it, that is all of us other than the men who probably need to seek some help. You have probably noticed the message is getting out there. “Men you need to talk” despite the publicity this message attracts I don’t know […]

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It is the silly season … but is it really the time to be jolly. The term ‘silly season’ came about to describe a time of the year in which parliaments were closed and there was traditionally very little to report in the newspapers. Despite the lack of news the papers still went to print […]

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Hello this is my first blog and I am happy to be on here. I am a 44-year-old mother of two boys 6 and 3 year old. I am originally from Canada and studied Library Science and Counselling Psychology. I have an eclectic background everything from private practice to forensic counselling. When I became a […]

Are you struggling with winter weight gain? Western society is experiencing an epidemic of obesity. It is not as simple as trying harder, beating yourself up or going cold turkey! We need food to nourish and energise us. To give us the energy we need to interact with others, achieve our goals and enjoy our […]

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Find the answer here… Thrive! Not just Survive Sign up for The Thrive Subscription. For less than $2.30 per day. You will receive: Assessment of your Strengths, Challenges and Values necessary for you to Thrive 60 min 1:1 appointment with a Coaching Psychologist Personal Development Plan Quarterly Progress Reviews (3 x 50 min 1:1 appointments) […]

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Positive Mind Works is expanding and looking for contractors to fill a number of roles. If you are a fully registered psychologist or clinical psychologist in Australia or New Zealand this may be of interest to you. It is important that you are highly organised with impeccable ethics and significant experience. Are you available to […]

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I am sure in years to come historians will look back on this time and recognise it as the Smartphone Era. The ripples created by Smartphones have washed over almost every facet of our lives. Long gone are the days when a psychologist simply relies on published self help books or bundles of photocopies to […]

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Positive Mind Works are registered providers for WorkCover Queenlsand, WorkCover NSW and WorkSafe Victoria. If you have experienced a work or motor vehicle accident you may require psychological or counselling support to return to work or pre-injury activities. Our psychologists are able to invoice WorkCover NSW, WorkCover VIC and Workcover QLD directly, allowing you to […]

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Click here to check it out people! There are some fantastic ways of improving happiness in your workplace and it will only require 11 minutes a day. Written by Michelle McQuaid, from LiveHappy.com Last year Live Happy, the VIA Institute and I helped more than 2,000 people around the world to create an 11-minute daily strength habit to […]