5 Benefits of Mindfulness

5 Benefits of Mindfulness   Have you heard your psychologist say “practice some mindfulness”? And have you wondered “why?”   Well, here are just a handful of benefits to practice mindfulness today! Reduced rumination.Several studies have shown that mindfulness reduces rumination. For example, in one study by Chambers et al. (2008), participants at a 10-day…

Stress and Anxiety – What’s the difference?

Stress and Anxiety – What’s the difference?   In today’s society, we are all busy and it seems in some circles, the label of being “busy” and “stressed” is nearly a badge of honour and the term “anxiety” is used nearly as often. We like to multitask, and we like to feel as though we…

How can my child benefit from group therapy?

How can my child benefit from group therapy?   What is group therapy?       In group therapy, your child will be involved in sessions with other children and with one or more clinicians. There are a different types of groups including, support groups, social skills training groups or psycho-education groups, each with a…

The Art of Parenting – Autism Awareness Month

The Art of Parenting – Autism Awareness Month   Being a parent is a challenging, exhausting and yet a very rewarding experience. It is a lifelong journey full of learning curves and experiences.  Every child is unique. When it comes to raising a child with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, it opens up a whole new…

Dealing with Adult Bullies

Dealing with Adult Bullies   When we talk about bullying, we think of school yard scenarios involving children.  It is important, however, to consider the impact bullying can have in the context of adult interactions.  The outcomes of the bullying can be equally as severe for adults as it can for children, including feelings of…

Why so Blue? Autism Awareness Month

Why so Blue? Autism Awareness Month   April is Autism Awareness Month globally and Autism Queensland has officially launched their “Go Blue for Autism” campaign in order raise funds and awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a lifelong developmental disability that affects one in 100 Australians.   Firstly a recap on what Autism is…. Autism is…

Deal with Changes in Life

HOW WELL DO YOU ADAPT TO THE INEVITABLE CHANGES THAT HAPPEN IN LIFE? How to deal with changes in life. Adapting takes RESILIENCE… read this! 10 Ways to build resilience 1. Make connections Good relationships with close family members, friends, or others are important. Accepting help and support from those who care about you and…

Tips to Prevent Bullying

Today is the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence and we all have a role to play in the prevention of bullying. Below are some tips for what to do when bullying occurs. Encourage our kids to speak up about bullying. Encouraging our kids to speak up about bullying when it occurs – to…