Say “learning disorder” and most people will immediately think of dyslexia. However, the brain can have difficulty receiving, processing and responding to all kinds of information and this can affect performance in the areas of writing, arithmetic, listening, speaking or spelling as well as reading. Here are the most common misconceptions about what learning disorders…

Larry Cappel is a  licensed psychotherapist and clinical counsellor in Denver, Colorado in the United States, who specialises in working with gay men and the issues they struggle with. Larry is a certified teacher of mindfulness and meditation and has a passion for working with gay men  and the issues  that prevent them from living rich and…

The shock disappearance of Malaysia Airlines MH370 with 239 people on board this week over the Gulf of Thailand while on route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing has captured the world’s media attention. The mystery surrounding it’s disappearance is unique in that there has not yet been any wreckage of the flight sighted, days after…

by Australia Counselling founder, Clinton Power The tragic death of Charlotte Dawson this week has highlighted how fragile life can be for someone that battles depression. Charlotte Dawson was a well regarded Australian television personality and former model. She was also outspoken on social media and had been on the receiving end of attacks from internet…

 By Australia Counselling member Brad McLean Google generates over fourteen million responses to this question suggesting it’s a common concern for people seeking therapy. So what is the answer? It’s the alliance that counts. Most of the available research strongly suggests that it is the quality of the connection between client and therapist that has the…

Discrimination against people with mental health issues in the workplace still occurs. And Megan Barrow knows, because she has dealt with depression and anxiety  throughout her life and was on the receiving end of workplace discrimination as she was dealing with these mental health issues. Megan is now passionate about raising the profile for mental health issues in Australia…

Australia Counselling member Jessica Ryan-Zeman speaks about her specialisation in Borderline Personality Disorder (PBD). Traditionally considered a very difficult character style to work with by many therapists, Jessica sees BPD as essentially a relational issue that can be worked with effectively through a secure therapeutic relationship and long-term work. She is passionate about not pathologizing…

by Australia Counselling member Brad McLean The use of performance and image enhancing drugs (PIED) is increasing along with community concerns about a link between their use, connection to violence, and criminality. Allegations about the use of PIEDs in the elite sporting world filled Australian headlines last year. But the evidence seems to be indicating…

This article is written by Australia Counselling member Colleen Hurll. Mindfulness Meditation has developed over 2,500 years and has its roots in the Eastern philosophy of Buddhism and, more specifically, in the meditation ‘Vipasana’ which is a northern Indian word which, in the Western world, means  ‘Insight Meditation’ and has become known as ‘mindfulness’ or…