Tag: Hope

  The Hopefulness of the Hero’s Journey

Episode 34 – The Hopefulness of the Hero’s Journey  In what is one of both Chris and Rowan’s favourite topics, we discuss the hero’s journey and its relevance in psychological therapy. We go through some of the different stages of the hero’s journey and discuss how we can all relate to them in different… Read more »

  The Helpfulness of Hope

Episode 32 – The Helpfulness of Hope How can you boost hope? What is the relevance of hope? How can you tell if someone has lost hope? This week, Chris and Rowan discuss the topic of hope, both from the angle of restoring hope, but also the positive side of hope as a character strength…. Read more »

  Gaining Gratification Through Goals

Episode 31 – Gaining Gratification Through Goals In the first podcast for 2021, Chris and Rowan discuss the topic of goal setting. Many people will have made new year’s resolutions for 2021 and so we discuss some ways to help set goals that are most authentic to us and also some strategies for helping to… Read more »

  Transcending Trauma

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Episode 8 – Transcending Trauma  On this week’s episode, Chris and Rowan discuss the topic of trauma. We look at some of the more common and complex ways that trauma can present in our behaviours and ways of managing trauma reactions to defuse their intensity. We discuss a number of specific therapy techniques for… Read more »

  Practical Tips for Finding Your Meaning and Purpose

Angie Hilton sits down with clinical psychologist Chris Mackey to discuss some ways to assist you in finding the meaning and purpose in your life. Reflecting on the main things that you like doing, or the things you’re best at can be a way of guiding us towards finding our meaning and purpose. It can… Read more »

  Silver Lining

This article is about the importance of people receiving social support after natural disasters to assist their mental health as a key part of their recovery. The recent Australian bushfires have revealed a great deal of goodwill in this way.

  Never Take Your Own Life

Last year the suicide rate in Australia increased by 9%. Sorry to bring up such a down topic, but I assure you that things look up at the end. Because that’s how it is with suicidal thoughts and struggling with impulses to end one’s life. Resist suicidal thoughts at all costs, because things get better… Read more »

  Promoting Mental Health with Positive Media

Mainstream media, including TV, radio and newspapers can have a very important role in promoting positive physical and mental health. Conveying health messages through popular media has a much greater reach than typical health interventions, which are generally targeted to individuals. As a clinical psychologist that is why I’m especially pleased to be involved in… Read more »

  Artful Dodges

This article relates to a number of cultural events that were on in Geelong in November 2017 and their positive impact on the community and individuals that attend.

  The Call May be Distant, but it Will Come

It takes time to find your calling. What career or line of work might suit us? In a meeting of over 100 business leaders in Geelong, over a third indicated that they had undertaken a significant career shift at one point in time. The notion of choosing a life direction can be confronting. This article… Read more »