Spotlight on Schema Therapy: for Personality Disorders & Chronic Conditions

by Anastasia Hronis   Breaking Negative Patterns As humans we all have basic, fundamental needs. The need for food, the need for shelter, for safety and for clothing. However, in order for a person to grow, develop and flourish, there are a number of core emotional needs which also must be met. These include the need […]

Decisions decisions…

I like Aldi. The supermarket. I was thinking about why I’ve become a fan… Is it the slightly-too-dim lighting? The way half the stock is still in cardboard boxes? How if you forget to bring your own bag you stagger out of there, leaving a trail of falling groceries from cashier to car? Maybe it’s […]

A Parent’s Guide to Helping Your Anxious Child or Teen

myLife Psychologists provide treatment for anxiety to children and adolescents from our practices in Alexandria and Sydney CBD. Even in the best of situations, children and adolescents experience fear and anxiety as they grow and develop. Anxiety is an adaptive response to danger or stress, and this natural response becomes an issue when it manifests […]

How to Choose a Psychologist for Your Child

  myLife Psychologists provide child and adolescent psychologists at our Inner West and CBD Sydney practices. Finding a therapist for your child can feel daunting. Understandably, you want the best care and most effective assistance for your child. “Word of mouth” recommendations from a trusted friend, family member, teacher or GP are a great place […]

Relationship Conflict: The Art of Repair

myLife Psychologists provides relationship & marriage counselling for couples and individuals. Visit us in our Sydney CBD or Alexandria practices. All couples argue, but why do some escalate into damaging territory and others keep it manageable and constructive? According to Dr John Gottman, a renowned relationships researcher, repair attempts are the “happy couple’s secret weapon.” […]

Surviving the Festive Season

For some people, the festive season is a happy and joyous time to connect with and enjoy the company of family and friends. However, for many it can also be a time of stress when unhelpful patterns of behavior are triggered and coping goes out the window. It is often a hectic time of year, […]

Depression – Why aren’t men getting help?

We’ve recently had Mental Health Week, a wonderful national initiative aimed at raising awareness of mental health and wellbeing, as well as reducing stigma and supporting people to get assistance. While acceptance of mental health issues is improving, as a society we still have a long way to go and unfortunately many who need help […]

Managing life’s curve balls – The STOP technique

Life often throws us curve balls, and I was reminded of this the other day as I had to deal with a flat car battery, and suddenly my plans for the day were thrown out the window and I was left scrambling! As far as emotional upheavals go this was fairly minor thankfully, but I […]

Building confidence

All of us reach a point in our lives where we are faced with a task or situation where we just don’t feel confident. I know I certainly have faced many occasions where my mind came up with a multitude of reasons why I couldn’t or shouldn’t do something: “I’m not good enough”, “I’ll say […]

Relationship Conflict: The Antidotes to the Four Horsemen

myLife Psychologists provides relationship counselling for couples and individuals. Visit us in Sydney CBD or at Alexandria. In our previous blog we outlined relationship researcher Dr. John Gottman’s Four Horseman of the Apocalypse – the behavior and communication patterns that have been found to be particularly toxic to relationships. The good news is that there […]

Relationship Conflict: The Four Horsemen

MyLife Psychologists provides couples counselling from our offices in Sydney CBD and Alexandria, as well as help for individuals experiencing difficulties in their interpersonal relationships. Renowned relationships researcher Dr. John Gottman can predict the future success or failure of a relationship with 94% accuracy within the first three minutes of observing a couple having a conversation. The […]

Mindfulness – bring on some inner peace please!

So I’m a week into my ‘Mindful In May’ challenge and as part of this I’ve been practicing mindfulness meditation for 30 minutes each day and trying to do a daily activity mindfully (e.g. showering or brushing my teeth). And it’s bloody hard! Finding the time to fit it in has been surprisingly tricky, not […]

Beating Procrastination

A few months back our practice manager Tal asked me to write a blog piece for our website, I agreed and ‘write blog’ appeared on my to-do list. Unfortunately it stayed on my to-do list until last week when in a very gentle Tal kind of way she mentioned it again and I thought “Oh […]

Gratitude – for the small stuff!

Recently life slapped me around with a whole lot of crap that unfortunately lasted for a good few months. This included a variety of illnesses that hit me hard (including the charming flu that seems to be doing the rounds of Sydney this winter), as well as some other challenges, such as a home burglary […]

Clarify Your Values – What Do You Want to Stand For?

Most of us have thought about our goals at some point, but rarely do we take time to really think about how we want to be as a person, and to set goals that are consistent with this. Russ Harris defines values as ‘desired qualities of behaviour’. They are what you know in your heart […]

Cultivating Self-Compassion

If you already thought I bang on a lot about self-compassion I’m about to take it to a whole new level! I recently spent two days with the wonderful Paul Gilbert and Dennis Tirch in an intensive workshop on Compassion Focused Therapy, and I’m now truly inspired to bring compassion even more into my own […]