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How to Manage Panic Attacks

Panic attacks represent one of the more common difficulties for which people seek psychological treatment. Panic attacks involve a sudden bout of anxiety or intense fear in the absence of real danger. They typically reach a peak within a few minutes, and involve experiencing a number of characteristic symptoms which may include heart palpitations, sweating,… Read more »

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How to Deal with Suicidal Thoughts

Clinical psychologist Chris Mackey provides some practical tips for when someone is having suicidal thoughts. It’s important to have a way to deal with suicidal thoughts. Roughly 1 in 3 clients who present to our psychology practice will experience some suicidal ideation. Severe and ongoing distress can hugely distort our thinking. It’s important to reach… Read more »

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Connecting with Coincidence with Dr Bernie Beitman – Synchronicity and Positive Mental Health

The link below leads to a youtube clip of Chris’s podcast interview with the host of Connecting with Coincidence, Dr Bernie Beitman MD. Dr. Beitman is the first psychiatrist since Carl Jung to attempt to systematize the study of coincidences. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia and former Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the… Read more »

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Synchronicity Interview – Beyond 50 Radio

The link below leads to a youtube clip of Chris’s radio interview on synchronicity with Daniel Davis of Beyond 50 radio in Portland, Oregon, on Wednesday 2nd March 2016. It includes such themes as personal and client examples of synchronicity, synchronicity and science,  the role of synchronicity in finding one’s destiny or calling, and an intriguing story about Tom Petty and The… Read more »

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Synchronicity talk by Chris Mackey at C.G.Jung Society of Melbourne

This is a talk by Chris Mackey, clinical psychologist and author, on his book, Synchronicity: Empower your life with the gift of coincidence at the C.G.Jung Society of Melbourne on 19th August 2016. Click here to purchase a copy of Synchronicity: Empower Your Life with the Gift of Coincidence.

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How to Face a Driving Phobia with Exposure Therapy

With the help of clinical psychologist Chris Mackey, television presenter, Angie Hilton faces her phobia of driving on the Great Ocean Road. (Series 2, episode 4 of Destination Happiness) See https://www.chrismackey.com.au/resources/  for more videos, articles, etc, on mental health and wellbeing.

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Seeing Dyslexia Differently: Why it’s Not Just a Disadvantage

Clinical psychologist Chris Mackey discusses why conditions such as dyslexia, bi-polar disorder and autism are not just a disadvantage. There are many famous people throughout history who had dyslexia, such as Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton and Leonardo Da Vinci. This clip was taken from series 2, episode 12 of Destination Happiness.

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Tips for Ageing Well

Clinical psychologist Chris Mackey discusses some tips for ageing well. Ageing well physically and ageing well mentally go hand in hand. Many activities that are beneficial for the way we age physically, such as physical exercise, are also beneficial for the way we age mentally. This clip was taken from series 2, episode 11 of… Read more »

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The Benefits of Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Clinical psychologist Chris Mackey presents some of the benefits of having Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD. ADHD can, at times, negatively impact on people’s learning, well being and relationships. However those with ADHD will often have other strengths such as being more creative or intuitive that they can harness in other ways. Diagnoses… Read more »

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What is Flow State and How Can it Be Accessed?

Clinical psychologist Chris Mackey discusses the concept of flow and how you can access it yourself. Being in a state of flow is when we’re fully absorbed in what we’re doing, barely aware of the passage of time. Doing activities which cause us to enter a state of flow helps us to recognise that happiness… Read more »

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How to Build Your Emotional Resilience

Clinical psychologist Chris Mackey discusses ways in which you can develop your emotional resilience. Learning to be more resilient can boost our defences for when one of life’s curve balls are thrown at us. This clip was taken from series 2, episode 7 of Destination Happiness.

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The Importance of Building Your Tribe

Clinical psychologist Chris Mackey discusses the importance of building your tribe. When you find the people who you share interests and passions with, it’s important to cultivate those relationships as they can be a tonic for the mind, body and soul. This clip was taken from series 2, episode 5 of Destination Happiness.

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What is Anxiety and How Can it Be Treated?

Clinical psychologist Chris Mackey discusses what anxiety is and how it can be treated. Feelings of anxiety can be nature’s way of protecting us from situations that threaten our survival, but often these feelings can be triggered by threats that, in fact, do not pose a risk to us at all. This clip was taken… Read more »

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Tips For Focussing Attention

Clinical psychologist Chris Mackey discusses how we can develop our ability to focus attention. This clip was taken from series 2, episode 3 of Destination Happiness.

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How to Improve Your Self-Acceptance

Clinical Psychologist Chris Mackey discusses some ways to improve your overall level of self-acceptance. This clip was taken from series 2, episode 2 of Destination Happiness.

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How Setting Goals Can Improve Your Wellbeing

Clinical psychologist Chris Mackey discusses the importance of setting goals and intentions for our overall wellbeing. This clip was taken from series 2, episode 1 of Destination Happiness.

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How to Find and Use Your Character Strengths

Television presenter Angie Hilton and clinical psychologist Chris Mackey discuss how to find your character strengths signature as well as some practical ways to apply the results. The character strengths survey can be found at http://www.viacharacter.org/www/Character-Strengths-Survey. This clip was taken from series 2, episode 9 of Australian Television show, Destination Happiness.

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How to Use Synchronicity to Learn From Depression

Clinical psychologist and author of Synchronicity: Empower Your Life with the Gift of Coincidence, Chris Mackey, discusses how he’s used synchronicity to reframe periods of mental illness in his own life and the lives of his clients. Synchronicity is the uncanny and fortuitous timing of events that seems to go beyond pure chance. It can… Read more »

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Rising Above Bullying – One Teen’s Story

With a name like Max Green, it’s no surprise golf is a favourite pass-time for one young Australian, but it also plays a more important role in helping facilitate Max’s recovery from depression and anxiety due to schoolyard bullying. This clip was taken from season one of Destination Happiness.

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What is Post-Traumatic Stress? Treating PTSD

Clinical psychologist Chris Mackey discusses how to manage post-traumatic stress. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a condition associated with lingering painful memories of trauma which the sufferer tries to block out or avoid. Trauma memories and their associated distress can be triggered by other experiences or reminders. Psychological therapy for trauma helps defuse the impact of… Read more »

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Managing Anger and Aggression

Clinical psychologist Chris Mackey discusses how to manage with strong feelings of anger and aggression. If you are experiencing persistent feelings of anger or outbursts of aggression, it’s important to do something about it. Anger can stem from a number of sources including unrealistic expectations of yourself or others, a win-lose attitude towards conflict, or… Read more »

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Two Levels of Psychological Distress

When people seek therapy for a problem, often there are two layers to the issue they’re confronting. There is the psychological problem itself, such as anxiety or depression. But there is also the client’s emotional reaction to the issues they’re presenting with, often including guilt or shame. It is often the person’s non-accepting reaction to… Read more »

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Three Coping Alternatives for Problem Situations

Clinical psychologist Chris Mackey discusses three coping alternatives for dealing with ongoing distress associated with a difficult situation, such as problems in a job or relationship. The three basic coping alternatives are: change it, accept it, or leave. It is often best to first try to improve the situation. However, if serious problems persist despite… Read more »

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When Facing a Crisis – The Four Stages of Change

Clinical psychologist Chris Mackey discusses the four stages of change associated with going through a period of crisis. These stages are crisis, the dark night of the soul (depression), breakthrough and consolidation.

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Facing Core Fears

Clinical psychologist Chris Mackey discusses the three core fears that are often associated with anxiety and depression. These three core fears relate to a fear of failure, a fear of disapproval and a fear of discomfort.

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