Blog

If… then…

Today, I attended a workshop on changing behaviours through brief interventions. As a psychologist with a special interest in health, I am open to learning new ways of motivating people to make healthy changes, whether that is a change in their diet, physical activity, or even an addiction. Changing behaviours can be really hard! So, [...]

The Guest House – Rumi

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they're a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of it's furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be [...]

Retreat

Last week, I attended the luscious Yarra Valley to participate in a 5-day Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) retreat. The images you see in this post are from the retreat, and while they capture some of the beauty of the property, the magic I encountered was a full sensory experience that cannot be depicted through ‘sight’ alone. [...]

Safe

“Of all the human rights of children, perhaps the most important is the right to be safe” The tragic events in Manchester this week have evoked a range of strong emotions in me: shock, sadness, anger, to name a few. The events occurred on the other side of the world to me, and did not affect [...]

Calming your inner critic

We all have one - that voice that tells us to be better or somehow different to how we actually are. Often, it says things like, "Why didn't you...!?" or "You should have...!" Sometimes, it even calls us names like, "pathetic", "stupid" and "hopeless". This is known as our inner critic. For some people, the [...]