This article is by Imago therapist Brenda Rawlings. Think for a moment of a time in your life when, with your partner, relative or friend, you felt really connected. I’m imagining that these moments have bonded you together – the meeting of eyes, the laughter when you just can’t stop, the reaching out toward each…

If you’ve ever struggled with stress and anxiety, you know how debilitating it can be to the quality of your life and your relationships. So we asked 15 expert therapists and counsellors on Australia Counselling Directory for their best tips to help beat stress and anxiety. These therapists are often recommending these strategies to their…

Dr Irvin D Yalom, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Stanford University has been inspiring and training psychotherapists for over 50 years as well as captivating audiences with his rich and compelling tales of psychotherapy. His text books Existential Psychotherapy and The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy, have inspired generations of therapists. Dr Yalom’s fiction and non-fiction books…

Healing Inner Conflict (HIC) offers a template for understanding the four basic behaviours clients deal with. Child Mechanism – Not being able to express themselves freely due to internal criticism attampting to protect them from external criticism. Adolescent Mechanism – Saying and doing things insensitively/aggressively that you regret later. Adult Mechanism – Not expressing anger…

To encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to talk about mental health and wellbeing, communities in the Northern Territory have worked with headspace and Indigenous Hip Hop Projects (IHHP) to create the ‘Got a lot going on’ music video. The hip hop video, written and performed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young…

Too many people still don’t know that anxiety conditions are genuine mental health issues and do not realise how common they are, despite more than a quarter of Australians experiencing an anxiety condition during their lives. The findings are contained in new analysis that shows thousands of Australians with these conditions don’t seek support because…

beyondblue has identified and rated the best activities for improving and protecting the mental health of older Australians, in a new booklet specifically for aged care workers, but also helpful for other carers. Based on La Trobe University research, the booklet rates activities on a scale of zero to three for how effective they are…

Some would argue that in today’s hypersexual world, the idea that someone would legitimately have minimal or no interest in sex at all is more than a little suspicious. While activists have fought for respect and recognition for people all along the gender and sexuality spectrum, even the most liberal among us may feel that…

Millions of Australian men are letting friendships fall by the wayside and becoming increasingly isolated once they reach their 30s, an Australian-first study has found. The Men’s Social Connectedness report, funded by beyondblue with donations from The Movember Foundation, reveals the extent of loneliness and disconnection among men in their middle years. It found that…

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