Dealing With Toxic People

What is a “toxic” person? Sometimes in life we come across people who defy our regular belief systems about how people “should be”. Whilst we assume that most people follow the golden rule of “treat others the way that you would like to be treated”, there are definitely some individuals who are not guided by… Read More

What Are the Secrets to Long-term Happiness, Health and Wellbeing?

Recently I’ve begun taking a much greater interest in a field called public health. The World Health Organisation has defined public health as: “The art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts of society” — Acheson, 1988 As time has gone on, there have been a number of studies… Read More

Discrimination and Inequality May Never Be Fully Eradicated, But Everyone Deserves Equal Legal Rights

All of this talk in the media recently about the current restrictions on same-sex marriage in Australia has led to me thinking about it a lot. Being in a heterosexual relationship has meant that I have predominantly tried to keep my opinion to myself and listen to the people whose lives are most impacted by… Read More

For Anyone Who Is Wanting to Improve A Relationship

Where do we go wrong? One of the saddest things I see time and time again in my work as a Clinical Psychologist is partners who both love each other and try their best to show this to each other, and yet neither of them feel loved and appreciated. The same thing also happens frequently… Read More

The 10 Things You Need to Know About The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study

1. There are 10 categories of experience that are considered to have adverse consequences on the later development of children These include: Abuse: Emotional Physical Sexual Neglect: Emotional Physical Household Dysfunction: Domestic Violence Substance Abuse Mental Illness Parental Separation/Divorce Crime 2. It is possible to determine your own Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) score The ACE… Read More

The Best Relaxation Strategies for Great Sleep

The twelfth variable that I will be manipulating across a two week period to examine its impact on sleep is relaxation. I will be seeing if abdominal breathing, progressive muscle relaxation or imagery have a positive impact on sleep quality.  I will discuss what my data shows, how easy or difficult I found this strategy to… Read More