Pet Therapists

The Psych Professionals is thrilled to have been featured in an article lauding the health benefits of having pets by Bupa Pet Insurance. The recently published post, ‘The Health Benefits of Having Pets ‘, provides our insight into the roles pets play in improving our mental health, along with five other leading psychology experts in Australia.…

Sleep with a Psychologist: Psychotherapy for Insomnia

Many people experience difficulties with sleep at some point in their lives. While for most people this difficulty will be transitory, approximately 10-20% of the population struggle with insomnia on a much more persistent basis. People who suffer from insomnia often feel unrested and chronically tired, which can make it very difficult to function normally…

Parenting: STOP beating yourself up!

Following our last blog topic, I feel it is important to consider how “parenting” and our own expectations of parenting, can impact on our children’s behavior. As a parent myself who has worked therapeutically with children and parents over the past 8 years I have come to find the hardest thing to first overcome is…

Managing Difficult Behaviour in Children

Early Childhood: Red Flags and Intervention Early childhood intervention can be extremely beneficial for young people and their families. With huge amounts of growth and learning, these early years are crucial to development with parents playing a key role in a young person’s social and emotional wellbeing. According to the research, we know that early…

Mindful Living

  What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is defined as “moment to moment awareness…being fully awake…being here for the moments of our lives, without striving or judging”. By not striving, we remain present and stop searching for those things in life that have not yet happened. How often have you thought to yourself ‘If only I could…

What Is Domestic Violence?

When LOVE hurts: Understanding domestic violence

From Rosie Batty becoming the 2015 Australian of the Year, to the recent outcome of the Victorian government’s Royal Commission into Family Violence, it seems like we are hearing more and more about domestic violence in the news and media. So what is domestic violence and how can we start to understand it? ** If…

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

April is AUTISM AWARENESS Month

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental disorder that is characterised by certain traits and difficulties. A person with ASD will primarily have difficult in relating to the world around them. The word ‘spectrum’ in ASD means that each person diagnosed with ASD may experience a range of difficulties…