Category Archives: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Should you Vaccinate your Teen? Ask an Expert

This morning’s news is that Australia’s TGA has determined the vaccine is safe for children aged 12 to 15. Reading this news I had two immediate reactions: As a parent, there was pure relief. Without a doubt, as soon as … Continue reading

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Co-Parenting Companion – a Resource for Separated Parents

My career has always been woven around working with complex families navigating tricky paths. For around the past seven years, this has involved supporting co-parents involved with the Family Court system trying to find their way through to smooth, low-stress, … Continue reading

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Turns out there is a time I’d “Swipe Right” (and the book that convinced me)

True confessions: I have a stack of books and journals on my bedside table that glare at me, longing to be read. They know how awesome they are, and they just can’t believe I haven’t made time for them yet … Continue reading

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“I was just trying to help” – Five Tips that will actually work

Let me tell you a little something about me. I bet you’ll recognise a piece of you too. When I was 18 I moved back home. I had been a Big Independent Adult for 12 months, but my parents had … Continue reading

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Heading into 2020 with 20/20 Vision

There’s a range of narratives I could tell about this year. 2019 has been the year of some immense career highlights, with presentations at national and international conferences. A sensational year of being a proud mother and partner, complete with … Continue reading

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My Husband is Not the Problem

The thing that I see the most is that perpetrating men are loud and virulent across social media platforms – and many, many (not all) kind, generous, beautiful men are silent. If you are with us, we need to know you are there. Continue reading

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Sitting in the Mire – The slow, steady path back from parenting mistakes

Whether you have trained in Emotion Coaching, Circle of Security, or Triple P, almost all parenting approaches include the importance of soothing and validating emotions before moving into problem solving – and indeed, children are excellent at solving their own … Continue reading

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Give up on Happiness

It’s early morning and Toothless is distressed. “There are THREE mornings I have to go to school early.  I don’t want to!” he tells me. I’m not a morning person either – he has a sympathetic ear with me. I … Continue reading

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When Your Ex Takes Your Kids to a Psych

If you are interested in the healthy development of your child – and the overwhelming majority of parents are – then you have nothing to fear, and a lot for your child to gain, from your child seeing the psychologist your ex has chosen. The psychologist is interested in assisting, as much as possible, your child to have a healthy relationship with BOTH of you. This may be the very opportunity you’ve needed. You might even want to thank your ex. Continue reading

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How to talk to your kid about seeing a Psych

This would have to be one of the questions I’m asked most often by concerned parents.  They have reached the point of deciding psychologist support is a useful step for their child, but Oh!  How to broach that topic???  It’s … Continue reading

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