Many therapy clients experience difficulty managing guilt and/or shame. These painful emotions both involve a self-conscious or self-critical focus. They can worsen other forms of distress, including anxiety and depression. Guilt and shame tend to strongly draw our attention as they point to some threat. Evolution has taught us to pay more attention to painful,… Read more »
Episode 17 – Weaning Off Worry On this week’s episode, Chris and Rowan discuss the topic of worry. We explore the differences between productive and unproductive worry, find ways of recognising when our worry is unnecessary or excessive and discuss some strategies for distancing ourself from our thoughts. This Week’s Links How to Worry… Read more »
Phobias Phobias are intense, persistent and exaggerated fears of particular objects or situations. Phobia sufferers typically feel panic or a sense of dread when they’re in the feared situation, or in anticipation of it. They typically aim to escape from or avoid the phobic situation where they can. We only describe a fear as a… Read more »
Episode 16 – Facing Phobias This week, Chris and Rowan discuss how phobias develop and how they are treated. People can have phobias for a whole range of reasons, but in this episode, we look at some of the similarities between different phobias, how to stop them developing after a traumatic event and how… Read more »
Episode 12 – Easing OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) On this week’s episode, Rowan and Chris discuss the nature of obsessive-compulsive tendencies and obsessive-compulsive disorder. All of us are unique and have individual differences in personality functioning. Most patterns of personality can have positive and negative aspects. When people have obsessional personality characteristics they may commonly… Read more »
Episode 10 – Addressing Avoidance This week, Chris and Rowan look at the topic of avoidance and avoidant personality disorders. Avoidance is a problem that arises when one’s fears or anxieties get in the way of them either doing or not doing something, which impacts on their quality of life. Those with avoidant personality… Read more »
Expunging Anxiety Episode 6 – Expunging Anxiety On this week’s episode, Chris and Rowan look at ways of managing anxiety in our current situation and how we can help those around us if they’re suffering. In recent years, positive psychology has changed some of the ways we think about anxiety, so we explore ways… Read more »
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.