World Mental Health Day: It can happen to anyone

At the moment we are talking a lot about mental health, it is after all mental health week and to be sure it is a subject that needs to be addressed not for a week or a day but at all times. It is a start anyway and a mighty good one at that… What’s important to remember is that feeling blue to the point of questioning one’s place in the here and now, hearing voices, feeling paranoid, hyper anxious and irrational, do not happen to “special” people, chosen by fate/destiny/environment individuals or the neighbours down the street: it can […]

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Somatisation and the Wounded Soul

Aches and pains are a normal if unpleasant part of life and we learn from birth to deal with it.  Our earliest environment provides the model of response that we will use for most of our life in regard to ill health.   Health however does not exist in a vacuum, it often if not always, is an expression of a whole state of being: a physical state of health is also the barometer of psychological wellbeing and the latter is, generally speaking, the best defence against ill health.  I contend however, to go further than that. The premise here places […]

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Some articles from Australia Counselling Community

60+ Relationship Intimacy Tips From 20 Therapists Read more>>   Brené Brown on Vulnerability, Shame and Perfectionism. Read more>> REWIND: A New Method to Quickly and Safely Treat PTSD. Bridgette Safrana shares a great resource. Read more>> Women Body Food & Soul. Jodie Gale asks for some social love. Read more>> Depersonalisation Disorder: the Condition You’ve Never Heard of that Affects Millions. Read more>> 9 1/2 ways to get the most out of therapy. Read more>> One Survival Mechanism That Can Be Harmful To Our Clients. Check out this free video series from Ron Siegel PsyD. Read more>> Eight Hours […]

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The hated word: intimacy

INTIMACY is a frightening word for many people, it is however the only proven mean to have fulfilling relationships. Here are 3 tips to go by to increase your skills at intimacy: 1) Accept that to be intimate you have to be vulnerable and that is another word that tends to frighten people away so may be it is worthwhile explaining what it means to be vulnerable. I will start by stating what it does not mean which is that vulnerable is to be weak. In fact it is the opposite of being weak. To be vulnerable requires strength and resilience […]

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Did I loose my head somewhere?

You feel awful, ashamed of yourself for feeling that way and guilty for not being able to shake it off.  Everything seems fine in your life and for all intent and purposes you look like you are cruising along in your work, relationships, the lot…So what’s wrong? What is this feeling of emptiness that from time to time threatens to swallow you whole and really you don’t know what is going on and why you are feeling so low when there are no apparent reasons for it. The fact is you might be suffering from depression, that may be one […]

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The Abandonment of the Child (within)

Of all the archetypes that C G Jung comprehensively explored, the archetype of The Child is probably the one least comprehended.  Easily confused  with the literal child unto whom we project our intense desire to re-acquaint ourselves to the characteristics of The Child energy forgetting in the process the “perverse derelictions” as James Hillman described it that are part and parcel of this major archetype. The 20th and 21st centuries may very well be recognised as the centuries of idealisation and sentimentalism of childhood and therefore of the child.  From child exploitation to child coddling we have swung the pendulum, desperately […]

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