Tag: Trauma

  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 of dealing with suicidal thoughts. Roughly 1 in 3 therapy clients who present to a psychology practice with distress will experience some suicidal ideation at different points throughout their illness. One of the greatest… Read more »

  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 »

  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 »

  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.

  National Apologies can Assist Healing

I believe the national apologies delivered by Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten in federal parliament last week were an important step in our community response to psychological trauma associated with sexual abuse. A most harmful aspect of such abuse is the severe invalidation of the abused individual. A sexually abused child is treated merely as… Read more »

  Dealing with Dissociative Symptoms

Nature of Dissociative Symptoms Some of the most distressing symptoms that clients report include dissociative symptoms. These symptoms include persistent daydreaming, forgetfulness and amnesia for recent events, feelings as though one’s body does not belong to oneself, feelings as though things (perhaps even the world itself) are not real, and a sense of acting so… Read more »

  After Witnessing a Traumatic Event

One of the harsh facts of life is that we can be exposed to a traumatic incident at any time. A recent example was a cyclist having a fatal collision with a truck in one of Geelong’s most central and busy streets. Many people witnessed the accident or its aftermath, being at a time when… Read more »

  WorkCover System Needs an Overhaul

Our WorkCover system is in need of an overhaul, at least in its handling of psychological injuries. Rather than helping injured workers have an optimal recovery, it often exacerbates their psychological difficulties. Problems include the invalidation of injured workers suffering from conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, unhelpful delays in treatment, and an unnecessarily long… Read more »

  The Impact of Church-Related Sexual Abuse

The most harmful thing about sexual abuse is the extremely invalidating impact it has on a person. The abusive experience typically causes sufferers to feel that they don’t count. Their wishes and interests and feelings don’t count. They have been treated as an object for the sexual gratification of the perpetrator. It strips them of… Read more »

  Addressing Avoidant Tendencies

It is understandably common for people to seek to avoid at least some anxiety provoking situations. However, tendencies to avoidance can become entrenched over a period of time to become quite self-defeating. This is because the urge to avoid situations can be strengthened by the short-term relief that escape from such situations may bring. As… Read more »