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”

Anxiety, curiosity and new opportunities

I’m departing from my usual posts for clients and prospective clients today. This one is for the early career psychologists, counsellors, and students. Today I had the honour and privilege to attend a skills training session with LifelineWA and their DBTeen program. The program is pretty self-explanatory, it provides dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) to adolescents.Continue reading “Anxiety, curiosity and new opportunities”

Services for Melbourne and Covid-19 impacted communities

I’ve said before that the benefit of conducting sessions online means I can be accessed at your convenience. In times like these – the Covid-19 pandemic, it also means counselling can be accessed in safety, if you’re concerned about becoming exposed. As I watch with a second wave hit the east coast, I am remindedContinue reading “Services for Melbourne and Covid-19 impacted communities”

Body scan meditation

The body scan meditation is another potent tool for relaxation, anxiety, and releasing stress. It can also be surprising – especially if you find yourself holding tension in areas you’d hardly considered. This does more than relieve tension – it helps you recognise it, helps you find where stress is stored in your body. DuringContinue reading “Body scan meditation”

What is: Debriefing

Have you ever had something happen to you, and there’s been nobody to talk about it to? Or nobody you feel would understand, or nobody who’d just shut up for five minutes and let you finish? Welcome to debriefing. Debriefing is one of the more understated but valuable uses of time in the therapeutic space.Continue reading “What is: Debriefing”

What is: A registered health professional?

In the light of a recent scandal where a known con artist had been masquerading as a mental health professional, and providing services and workshops which enabled abuse and stigmatised at-risk individuals, I think it’s a good opportunity for us to take a moment to look at the different types of mental health worker, andContinue reading “What is: A registered health professional?”

What is: School refusal?

This one is for the parents! School refusal is when kids don’t want to go to school. For their own reasons, going to school is distressing to them, causing them anxiety or distress, so they try to avoid going to school School refusal differs from truancy, in that the motivation is more directed by anxietyContinue reading “What is: School refusal?”

Reach out? Or let in?

Are you strong enough to reach out? To let someone in? You are? I knew you could be. It’s hard. Its a different sort of challenge – to learn that there are people that you can let your guard down for. To let them in and know you as you feel you are. Leaving ourContinue reading “Reach out? Or let in?”

Things that inspire me #1

I was asked recently about something that inspires me. And I struggled with a response because I find inspiration in so much. So this’ll be a series in no real order of significance. Learning to find inspiration in, and appreciate, many things, is a potent and empowering practice. Today I am inspired by the thoughtfulnessContinue reading “Things that inspire me #1”