The Benefits of Schema Therapy

Schemas Therapy Can Address Unmet Emotional Needs Dysfunctional beliefs and patterns of behaviour – termed schema – can affect people throughout life, contributing to problematic coping methods and modes of behaviours. The primary benefit of Schema Therapy is its ability to 1) help people identify and adjust their negative patterns of behaviour and 2) learn […]

Supporting children during coronavirus

The outbreak of a virus like covid-19 can lead to many of us feeling anxious, stressed and overwhelmed. At this time, it’s important to be mindful of the information that our children are receiving and about what we’re modelling to them. Currently, children may be exposed to frightening images and statistics in the media, adults […]

What are the Benefits of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)?

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a variation of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). Developed in the 1980s to treat borderline personality disorder, it’s now a viable therapy for many conditions. In this post, we’ll be exploring what DBT involves and what it can be used for — as well as the key benefits. What is Dialectical […]

What are the Benefits of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a relatively new form of therapy. Developed in the 1980s, it has been used successfully for a variety of psychological conditions. Research supporting its use continues to grow. But what is ACT, how does it work and what are the key benefits? Keep reading to find out. What is […]

What are the Benefits of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)?

Developed in the 1960s and 1970s, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is the most commonly used type of therapy across the globe. Therapists can use it to treat a wide range of conditions — and it’s an effective therapy for lots of people. Here’s what you need to know about it: What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy? […]

Anxiety & Depression in Pregnancy & Early Parenthood

The perinatal period (from conception to 1 year after birth) is a unique phase of life where all members of the family need to be taken into consideration and supported. Having a baby is an exciting but challenging time when many mums and dads are psychologically vulnerable. Am I depressed or just exhausted? All expectant […]

Psychologists can help with health conditions

Physical wellness is an important aspect of life. Any change in physical health can have major impact on our emotional state, from having a cold during the winter, to an injury that is taking time to heal, or even to a serious illness or hospitalisation. Physical symptoms and chronic health conditions can be very stressful […]

myLife’s App recommendations

There are thousands of mental health and wellbeing apps and websites out there so how do you know which are the “good” ones? Our team at myLife Psychologists have put together a list that we’ve used ourselves, or that have been recommended to us by clients and other reputable sources. Be aware that these are […]

Same sex relationships & Couples Counselling

Sydney’s 41st Mardi Gras is only a few days away, and the city is awash with rainbows and glitter. This is a special time of year when we get to participate in this joyous and spectacular celebration of LGBT+ pride. So it is in anticipation of this much loved event that we’re thinking more specifically […]

Do we need Couples Therapy?

Many of us believe that when we meet ‘the one’ we’ll fall in love and live happily ever after. Hollywood rom coms have a lot to answer for because the reality is far messier! The research tells us that happy couples work at their relationship on an ongoing basis.  This won’t feel so much like […]

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 Art of Repair

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.” Typically, we think of repair in terms of something being broken and needing repair, as in a car or dishwasher. […]

Spotlight on Schema Therapy: for Personality Disorders & Chronic Conditions

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 for secure attachments with […]

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

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 to start, though it is important to consider your child’s individual needs. A Therapist who was […]

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, […]

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 the owner of our practice 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 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 […]