This article was written by Australia Counselling member Narelle Gillies, who works as a Crows Nest counsellor with teens and young adults. As a therapist and youth mentor, working with teenagers in high schools and in private practice, I am struck by how often I hear comments like “they just won’t listen to me”. These kids are usually…

“There is no single effort more radical in its potential for saving the world than a transformation in the way we raise our children.” – Marianne Williamson More and more parents are recognising the need to bring about a change in the manner we raise our children. The conventional concept of “disciplining” needs to be…

People are increasingly turning to the web to meet new people because it is easier and more widely acceptable. A new study has revealed that one third of the marriages start online. Additionally, people who meet online are bound to have happier and more enduring marriages. The main appeal may be due to the fact…

This guest post is written by Australia Counselling member Lauren Sokolski, who is a Melbourne relationship counsellor. Every relationship, be it intimate, friendship, collegial or familial, has some level of conflict at one point or another.  Some relationships are fraught with conflict whereas others have seemingly no conflict.  And there are many stages in-between.  Relationships…

Defining grieving, bereavement and mourning The mere thought of losing someone you love pricks one’s heart like a sharp needle. It is only natural to feel depressed, grieved and guilty when one actually experiences the loss of a loved one. Any person going through the phase of losing someone important is going through a process…

The secret to a happy and stable relationship lies in effective and frequent communication between a couple. According to martial experts, 90% of the couples seeking relationship therapy are victims of communication problems. Humans are social animals who have a great dependency and urge to connect with another being. Relationship is a complex maze of…

This article was written by Australia Counselling member Vivian Baruch.  What sets our good relationships with close and intimate partners apart from those we have with our more casual acquaintances is the quality of the emotional connection we share. Emotions are core to human interactions. Without the ability to understand, use and respond to our…

This article was written by Australia Counselling member Lauren Sokolski, Melbourne relationship therapist and counsellor. I have been thinking about how easy it is for couples, friends, family members and colleagues to misunderstand each other and wind up feeling hurt, disappointed, rejected… you get the idea. In my work with individuals and couples, I sometimes…