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Books I read -Pageboy

I remember really well watching “Juno” ,  I really liked that movie and since then I think I’ve seen most of Page’s movies. So I was keen to hear  Pageboy‘s story. I need to admit the book made me sad, angry, frustrated and overwhelmed. I wished Ellen could have received

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How to choose an EMDR therapist

As in any therapy,  when choosing an EMDR therapist, it’s really important to find the right fit. What to consider when choosing an EMDR therapist? Are their sessions covered by Medicare? If you choose to see a councillor, then you won’t be eligible to access medicare rebates. The amount of

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Psychologist under WorkCover Queensland and WorkSafe Victoria

In Australia, each state manages WorkCover claims differently. If you got injured in NSW and you are looking to see a psychologist under Workcover, you can use SIRA’s website and their “Allied health practitioner search”: https://www.sira.nsw.gov.au/information-search/health-care-providers. This is not the case in Queensland and Victoria. So it can be more difficult

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ADHD and Eating Disorders (Binge Eating Disorder)

Yes, unfortunately  ADHD frequently co- exists with other challenges such as Eating Disorders, mostly a Binge Eating Disorder.   “According to Kooij and colleagues (2019), 60–80% of individuals with ADHD show life-time comorbidities such as anxiety disorder (34%), mood disorder (22%), behavioral disorder (15%) and substance use disorders (11%). One of

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Interoception and self-regulation

Interoception issues “Interoception: Interoception refers to one’s feeling and interpretation of internal bodily signals such as hunger, fullness, pain, thirst, temperature, fatigue, pleasure, or heart rate.  Interoceptive confusion is common among autistic people as well as ADHDers. Interoception is connected to time processing, perfectionism (motivation, attention, memory, emotional responsiveness, sense

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autism awareness

Should I get assessed for ADHD or Autism as an adult?

  In my opinion: Yes! It is worth going through the assessment process even if you think you will not be accessing NDIS (this applies to Autism only) or you do not want to take ADHD medication. “Whist an early identification has been found to positively influence a neurodivergent individual’s

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Here’s a list of some podcasts I love:

  Here’s a list of some podcasts I love: Nutrition & exercising for mental health:  Blood sugar:  https://drchatterjee.com/how-to-control-your-blood-sugar-cut-cravings-and-get-your-energy-back-with-jessie-inchauspe/  Exercising: https://hubermanlab.com/science-supported-tools-to-accelerate-your-fitness-goals/  Diet and mental health: https://hubermanlab.com/dr-chris-palmer-diet-nutrition-for-mental-health/ Strength training: https://drchatterjee.com/the-critical-importance-of-strength-training-and-eating-more-protein-with-dr-gabrielle-lyon/  Exercising and anxiety: https://drchatterjee.com/why-anxiety-is-your-superpower-with-dr-wendy-suzuki/  Ageing: https://hubermanlab.com/dr-elissa-epel-control-stress-for-healthy-eating-metabolism-and-aging/ Sleeping: For neurodiverse people: https://omny.fm/shows/the-neurodivergent-woman/sleep-and-neurodivergence   and more here: https://omny.fm/shows/the-neurodivergent-woman/treating-sleep-disorders  Toolkit: https://hubermanlab.com/toolkit-for-sleep/ General: About change: https://drchatterjee.com/bitesize-how-to-thrive-in-times-of-change-julia-samuel/ Intro

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SIRA Accredited Psychologist using EMDR Therapy

When you get injured and you want to see a medical practitioner, you need to make sure that this specialist (doctor, physiotherapist, psychologist, etc) is SIRA Accredited (in other words -they can provide treatment for patients under WorkCover). What does it actually mean to be SIRA Accredited?In Australia each state

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Emdr therapy for trauma

What is EMDR therapy and when should we use it?

I came across EMDR Therapy ( Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy) during my studies at University but not much training was provided. I later heard of if from a colleague in Barcelona. She was fascinated by this method and she was strongly encouraging me to get trained in it.

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Why some people develop an eating disoder?

Eating disorders are very complex and there is not one answer to “why”. For that reason it is really important to go through a thorough history taking during the initial appointments. Your treating practitioner needs to understand all the “puzzles” the client brings in. I tend to say “behaviours don’t

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“THE UNDENIABLE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN EATING DISORDERS, TRAUMA, AND PTSD”

“THE UNDENIABLE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN EATING DISORDERS, TRAUMA, AND PTSD Recent studies validate the importance of assessing trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in treating eating disorders. A relationship between eating disorders, particularly bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder, and trauma has been discovered among participants in various studies (Brewerton 2007).

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A little bit more about avoidance

“Every psychological defense has an element of avoidance, in that the purpose of the defense is to protect the individual by minimizing or excluding from awareness of a realization, a disturbing memory, or a “trauma-reliving” part of self. It makes sense, both theoretically and practically, to think of this type

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Anorexia nervosa- what is it and how do we treat it?

Anorexia nervosa is probably the one eating disorder that you have heard about a lot. You might have seen it portrayed in the movies, series, books. The skinny, unwell young girl but that can be very deceiving image. So when someone may be diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa? DIAGNOSTIC CRITERIA “To

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ADHD management Sydney

How does Adult ADHD management look like?

As you might have already noticed we have experience supporting Adults with ADHD. But what does it mean specifically? It might be very overwhelming when you finally get your diagnosis as an adult. For some people it’s a relief and for some people it brings a mix of emotions including

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Adult ADHD tips

When you struggle with adult ADHD you struggle with time management. Also, reading can be challenging. For this reason we’ve started a series of Facebook posts with some practical adult ADHD tips. Follow us on Facebook to find out more.

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“Running on Empty No More”

“What happens to you as a child, growing up in a household that is either blind to your emotions or intolerant of what you feel? You must adopt to your situation. To ensure that you don’t burden your parents with your feelings or emotional needs, you push your emotions down

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It’s not about the food, right? The thin ideal culture

Living in this current cultural climate, where women are bombarded with the thin ideal, it’s hard to imagine a female whose self- evaluation isn’t unduly influenced by her shape and weight.” C. Costin & G. Schubert Grabb, “8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder” At first, it’s hard to

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psychological treatment PTSD

How did I get here? The effects of traumatic experiences

“AT THE CORE OF RECOVERY IS SELF AWARENESS. The most important phrases in trauma therapy are “Notice that” and “What happens next?” Often my clients feel really puzzled and confused. They cannot understand how they developed their current issue – “how did I get here”? Can it all be blamed

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setting boundaries

Setting boundaries

A lot of people will know what’s best for you. They have opinions and they will share them with you. ” You should this and that” and “have you tried this”? It can be very overwhelming and confusing to receive so many opinions and ideas, especially when you didn’t ask

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What is CBT and how can it help

Have you ever heard of CBT? CBT stands for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and is one of the most popular therapeutic approaches. It’s an evidence based method that can help with a lot of issues, such as: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, pain, self- esteem or relationship difficulties. The main idea is

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Books I read- Untamed by Glennon Doyle

I like bestseller, I like reading newly released books. I wasn’t sure about this one and it took me a while to finally buy it. Half of the book felt “obvious” but then something shifted. It actually made me think and question how women think and how I think as

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WorkCover psychologist- the most common issues

When you struggle at work, you just want it to end. You can’t seem to find a way out and often you get to the point of “breaking”. That’s when you visit your doctor and when you might get a recommendation to see a psychologist. So how can a psychologist

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Bariatric surgery – mind games

The most common difficulties after having bariatric surgery according to my clients You think- I’m ready to do it! You go through all this pain, discomfort, doubts, judgment and you realise that it’s harder than you anticipated! You cannot physically eat (as much as you would love to) and you

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Anxiety treatment- how to does it work?

First let’s start by explaining what anxiety is. As we read on APA ( American Psychological Association): “Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure. People with anxiety disorders usually have recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns. They may avoid certain situations

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About change- from “This Too Shall Pass”

“Change is an active process that demands commitment and endurance, and requires us to look at uncomfortable truths. We underestimate how much we will change over even the next ten years, let alone our lifetime. If we truly thought about the impact of some of the choices we made, would

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How do you look after yourself?

I often ask my clients: how do you look after yourself? What are you self- care strategies? I find that most people have difficulties identifying those nice things they do for themselves, especially women… So I suggest, what I call, “going back to basis”: sleep, eat, exercise, relax (breath or

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Books I ready- “Breaking Badly”

I really enjoy books written by journalist, as normally they are well researched and based on facts. Georgie Dent, the author of “Breaking Badly” is an Australian journalist and a former lawyer. In her book she describes her personal struggle with mental illness, how it developed and how she was

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WorkCover – dealing with work related injuries

D was a young and vibrant woman. She moved to a new town and was really exited about her new role for a large corporation. She was proud of herself to be able to start working with a great team. Little did she know how profoundly would this experience change

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Bariatric surgery- when help is needed

I’ve spent almost two years working in a weight loss clinic that specialises in bariatric surgeries: sleeve, bypass and, occasionally, band. I’ve seen hundreds of patients at all stages of their journey. What I heard very often was that their head was not catching up with their body. Yes, they’ve

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What is self-compassion

“Self-compassion is embedded within a sense of interconnection rather than separation. One of the biggest problems with harsh self-judgment is that it tends to make us feel isolated and cut off from others. When we fail it feel inadequate in same way, we irrationally feel, “Everyone else is fine. I’m

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How does psychological treatment work ?

I never know what will work for my clients. I can’t predict which method will be the one they will love and find extremely helpful. Usually, when I start working with a client I would explain it. I will say that we don’t know what’s going to work but let’s

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Books I read -9- Malcolm Gladwell “Blink”

My favourite Malcolm Gladwell and his “Blink”. As usually, Gladwell focuses on the research, the data and what we know about snap decision. Sometimes we just don’t know how and why we make some decisions. Or, it might take our conscious mind much longer to understand it while our subconscious

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Anxiety – if I’m perfect then you will be gone….

As we can read on Beyond Blue website: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/anxiety “Anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried. While stress and anxious feelings are a common response to a situation where we feel under pressure, they usually pass once the stressful situation has passed, or ‘stressor’ is removed. Everyone feels

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Books I read 7- relationships

“The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work” by John Gottman is not an easy read, I think. I guess mostly because when you start completing all of the self- assessments included in the book, you might not be happy about what you see. Your marriage might not be as good

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I don’t have time to exercise

We all struggle with lack of time. No time for myself, no time for exercising, healthy eating. When I hear my clients complaining about lack of time I normally reply: it’s not lack of time, it’s just a question of priorities. So what is important for you in your life

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Books I read 6- “Dirty Genes”

6. Dirty Genes by Peter Lynch. I’m not sure what to think. Lynch goes on and on about all the issues that our ” dirty genes” can cause. He explains the science behind it etc. I felt that most of the book was not relevant at all. I could have

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Books I read 5- “Raising Human Beings”

5. Raising Human beings by Ross W. Greene. I thought I will give it a go, as parenting tips are always welcomed. The main idea of the book is to be more empathic, less authoritarian and more in-tuned with your child. Dr Greene disencourages parents from, as he calls it,

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Books I read 4- “Grit”

4. “Grit” by Angela Duckworth.Angela is definitely an example of a ‘gritty’ person, with all her achievements so far. What you will learn from her book is that it is never too late to work on your intelligence or grit. This book is especially useful for ‘helpers’ eg.teachers. It gives

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Books I read 3- “Talking to Strangers”

3. “Talking to strangers” by Malcolm Gladwell / Topic: psychology? I’ve read all of Gladwell’s books, starting with “Outliers” and I loved them all. This one was a little bit “sad’/ disturbing to me, but that’s life, isn’t it? Audiobook was really amazing, Gladwell made sure not to make it

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Change is the only constant, so why do we resist it?

I struggle with change, and I’m no different than you. They’ve change my favourite’s app layout and I don’t know what to do. Why? I ask. And now what? That’s a really stupid example, OK. What about something bigger? Would there be more resistance? I guess. I don’t want to

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When everything is wrong

I have this short medication recording that I have been playing to my clients. Marsha Linehan talks about how we often feel that everything is wrong in our life. “Problem is here, problem is there” and you just don’t know where to start. We often feel like that when we

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So, what should I do?

I wish I could fix things for my clients. I wish I had all the answers. I wish everyone was happy, healthy, at ease. I don’t have special powers but I have tools and evidence based therapeutic knowledge. When we struggle with anxiety or other difficulties, we often want someone

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Books I read 1

I’ve decided to share with you my opinion about what I read. Or listen, that’s probably more accurate way to describe it. I walk a lot, so I walk and listen. Here’s what I’ve been enjoying recently:1. “First, we make the beast beautiful” by Sarah Wilson. / Topic: anxiety? As

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