The wish to be loved

In a previous post, I discussed the Mindful Self-Compassion retreat that I attended in the Yarra Valley recently, and how the emotion shame came up for me during the retreat. I wanted to dedicate a post to this emotion, as it is one we often don’t recognise in ourselves when

The Dance of Anger

As we come to the end of Women’s Health Week, I wanted to reflect on a valuable new addition to my bookshelf. The book I am referring to is called The Dance of Anger by Dr Harriet Lerner, and was recommended to me by a mentor and fellow psychologist. I’m

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

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

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

What does psychology have to do with diabetes?

As a psychologist trained in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions, who also happens to have a special interest in diabetes, I am often asked  “What does psychology have to do with diabetes?” It is understandable that most people don’t automatically make the link between the two. Many people

Let’s Talk about Depression…

Today marks World Health Day. This year, we are all encouraged to talk about depression, so let’s talk. What depression is and what it is not… Feeling sad and down from time to time is a natural part of life. Usually, these feelings don’t last long and we are able

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