Interview with Particle? Wow!

So recently I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Megan Pusey, (@scienceninjagal) for a piece in Particle – the science news blog run by Scitech – Perth’s interactive science education musem. I am absolutely giddy with the idea of being interviewed by Scitech. I remember looking forward to the Scitech excursion every year atContinue reading “Interview with Particle? Wow!”

Trauma informed roleplaying games

As a counsellor who’s worked with trauma in the past, I’m always on the lookout for ways to make my sessions safer for the mental health and wellbeing of my clients. I strive to continue to learn and grow to develop my skills and understanding. Thats a personal commitment that I am always looking forContinue reading “Trauma informed roleplaying games”

Battles in Roll for Growth

So I did an Ask Me Anything on Reddit last week. A public interview on social media! And it was so amazingly received, I had an amazing time asking some incredibly thought provoking questions. Here’s one of my favourites! This was a BRILLIANT question. These are high fantasy stories we tell in the Roll forContinue reading “Battles in Roll for Growth”

Supporting reading and writing difficulties in Roll for Growth

Many young people are enjoying roleplaying games like Dungeons & Dragons. Many who access Roll for Growth are autistic, and sometimes may need a little extra support with elements of the game. Filling out a whole character sheet can be a daunting process! Understanding that this may be a sensitive topic for some, I’ve madeContinue reading “Supporting reading and writing difficulties in Roll for Growth”

Why nerd therapy? Or how I stopped worrying about looking like a professional

Why use nerd therapy? It seems like a weird idea on the surface. But with the Marvel films and Star Wars movies being popular as ever and gaming no longer a niche thing for oddballs. My passion for nerdy approaches to therapy begins with the understanding that for every person, we need a different approachContinue reading “Why nerd therapy? Or how I stopped worrying about looking like a professional”

Mine-fulness and Minecraft Therapy

I run Minecraft Therapy! An awesome way to work using a fan’ favourite game, Minecraft! Affectionately referred to as “Lego but on a computer”, Minecraft is a game with a massive amount of creative potential! Check it out here at Pop Culture Competence! So why not use it in therapy? Kids can build confidence byContinue reading “Mine-fulness and Minecraft Therapy”

Roll for Growth, Social Skills & Social Anxiety

During a session last week, one of my participants mentioned how much he enjoys this style of counselling. “This is really fun, and I like being able to tell my story.” Not only that, the group are fully engaged through the whole session. That’s why I’m so passionate about this form of therapy: for them,Continue reading “Roll for Growth, Social Skills & Social Anxiety”

Re-imagining

I’m Mike. A mental health counsellor, and entirely unrepentant nerd. These aren’t exclusive ideas. For ages I thought they were. I thought I’d crossed the line by having a Pokemon as my practice mascot. But for anyone who understands the significance of Sylveon, or has watched my video on the topic, you’ll know exactly whatContinue reading “Re-imagining”

Invalidation and trauma

Tw/cw – invalidation, trauma, gaslighting. Please be mindful before continuing. Today I’d like to take a moment to talk about invalidation. To everyone who has ever heard, or said, “its all in your head”, I offer this: Your whole life happens there. Our experiences shape the way we see and interact with the world. WhatContinue reading “Invalidation and trauma”

Mindful communication

When I was on the railways I found myself devouring books on world philosophy, in search of wisdom and meaning. Reading these brought me to seek a more fulfilling calling in life, and when I learned about counselling, and how it could be a career option for me, I knew I’d found my path. OneContinue reading “Mindful communication”