Tag: Self-Compassion

  Drive, Soothing and Threat – Seeking a Synergy of Systems

Episode 21 – Drive, Soothing and Threat – Seeking a Synergy of Systems  Chris and Rowan look at the topic of self-compassion in the context of still aiming to achieve our goals and ambitions. With many unforeseeable events having taken place this year, it can be an opportunity to reassess whether our own recipe… Read more »

  Fighting the Flat Feeling

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Episode 18 – Fighting the Flat Feeling  In today’s episode, Chris and Rowan respond to recent restrictions throughout Victoria and ask what we can do on the day’s when we’re feeling flat and just not up to it. We look to techniques and models from psychology that can help us in the face of… Read more »

  How to Improve Your Relationship with the Five Love Languages

Angie Hilton sits down with clinical psychologist Chris Mackey to discuss ways of improving your relationship, the five love languages. The five love languages are: words of affirmation, quality time, gifts, physical touch and affection and acts of service. It helps to learn both your and your partner’s love language as it can assist in… Read more »

  Bilateral Stimulation – Anxiety Release App Demonstration

Chris Mackey demonstrates how he introduces a therapy intervention called “bilateral stimulation” to clients. According to Mackey, this technique is the single most helpful intervention he has yet encountered for managing with worries, anxiety-related sensations and pain. Remarkably it can be accessed in an inexpensive app developed by the excellent clinical psychologist, Mark Grant. The… Read more »

  Balancing Act

  How do we find a good work-life balance? This is one of the more commonly requested topics by workgroups for talks about mental health, but I think it’s a more complicated question than it looks. This article looks at how to balance work and lifestyle choices in the context of trying to achieve maximally,… Read more »

  Always a Critic

Do you have an inner critic? Do you have an internal voice that sometimes criticises something about you or what you’ve done? This article is about dealing with the inner critic, a common contributor to depression.  

  Take on your Inner Critic

The Inner Critic Do you have an inner critic? Do you have an internal voice that sometimes criticises something about you or something you have done? As a psychologist, I assume that everybody does. It’s normal to have an inner critic. The real question is what is our relationship with that part of ourselves that… Read more »

  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 »

  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 »

  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.