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 »
This article describes some strategies you can use with your kids to talk about suicide.
How to talk to your kids about suicide. Angie Hilton talks with clinical psychologist Chris Mackey about what to say during the important conversation with your kids about suicide. We know this is a tricky topic, but it’s a conversation worth having, particularly with the added adjustments related to the COVID pandemic. This video is… Read more »
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 »
Episode 7 – Dealing with Depression On this week’s episode, Chris and Rowan look at ways of managing with depression using general psychological techniques as well as how to use strategies from positive psychology to ensure that you’re able to keep yourself out of depression. We also share some of our personal experiences with… Read more »
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.
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 »
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 »
Last year, the suicide rate in Australia increased by 9%. This article emphasises that regardless of how much someone may be struggling, suicide is never the answer as it is always possible to recover from depressive episodes.
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 »