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My Best Advice for Coping with Pandemic Life

As Australians tentatively prod the early weeks of 2021 to see if the year’s open to reinstating past freedoms, the shadowy shocks of 2020 grumble threateningly just below the surface of our days. Is COVID-19 going to surge forward with renewed energy after a quick kip? Can we capture new mutations in their infancy, weed …

Lock Down Let Go

The first time felt like pulling together over something so important, purposeful, and righteous. A war effort for our generation. We moved past hoarding and blame to stoicism. Stepping out cautiously, only to be shut up again before we’d even adjusted to the light. The second time is even starker. There’s a thinly masked anxiety …

Telehealth Psychology

Psychological Strategies Online or by Telephone   If you’d like a virtual appointment with me, I have limited openings for psychology sessions via telehealth, by telephone or video conference. Sessions are booked and billed securely in a simple, streamlined process. For Australian residents only, Medicare rebates may apply for online or telephone psychology when you …

I Finally Understand Tough Love

I always thought the idea of Tough Love was a joke. A dinosaur of an idea. Mildly sadistic even. But I’ll come back to that. Let’s talk dogs for a minute because they represent for me, pure emotion. And it’s dawned on me that the place where tough love can be be necessary, is in …

Everyday Self Compassion

Finding Everyday Self-Compassion

Last night, satisfied but really tired, I got to rest after a few days intense work. Helping people find acceptance and self-compassion, is a big part of my job as a therapist. Many people are stuck in pain about the past, or anxiety about the future. Compassion and insight open the door to freedom. I …

presence as spirituality

The Practice that Transcends Religion

It lost me at Father. I could not feel the spirituality of my forbears. As a kid I tried to believe God was listening and watching over us. I couldn’t feel him. Christianity was the ideology and tradition of my ancestors. Believing in it made you a ‘good person’ according to my Grandma, but my brain wouldn’t …

Understanding dissatisfaction

Understanding Your Chronic Dissatisfaction

Understanding Dissatisfaction can help you harness it as a force for good in your life. This is the fifth installment in the Chronic Dissatisfaction series. Start at the first installment. Chronic Dissatisfaction (CD) is that restless feeling of yearning, wishing for something more but not even knowing what it is…CD can be an ever-present hum in …

Chronically Dissatisfied

Why Am I Chronically Dissatisfied?

I thought that..This is the fourth installment in the Chronic Dissatisfaction Series – click here to go back and start with the first article in the series. Chronic Dissatisfaction (CD) is that feeling of yearning, wishing for something more but not even knowing what it is…CD can be an ever-present hum in the background of …

Martha Graham Divinely Dissatisfied

Do You Need To Be Dissatisfied to be Motivated?

Do you need to be dissatisfied in life to be driven to succeed? Is satisfaction a lame, insipid word to you that means giving up, and just settling for mediocre when we should be going for bigger, faster, better, stronger, harder? In fact, does satisfaction even exist, or do we always want for more? And, are these key reasons …