Episode 22 – More than Mindfulness Chris and Rowan give some strategies for arousal management. Arousal management is one of the fundamental skills that a psychologist will help someone to bolster as hyperarousal can cause problems related to panic, anger, stress or many other mental health-related challenges. We also look at what some of… Read more »
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 »
Episode 19 – Not Just Genes – A Recipe for Mental Health On this week’s episode, Chris and Rowan look at the part our genetics play in determining our mental health and how we can best use that knowledge to our advantage. In this episode, we look at some ways of boosting the more… 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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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.
Acknowledging a spiritual dimension to life is something that is important to many people, even those who don’t identify religious. This article examines the relationship between spirituality and well-being and reminds us that it’s important to celebrate our own private or public acknowledgement of our beliefs.
Clinical psychologist Chris Mackey discusses some tips for ageing well. Ageing well physically and ageing well mentally go hand in hand. Many activities that are beneficial for the way we age physically, such as physical exercise, are also beneficial for the way we age mentally. This clip was taken from series 2, episode 11 of… Read more »