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Mood & Food

Written by: Gretta Little (Director/Clinical Psychologist) There’s some very interesting research coming out of Deakin University at the moment on the therapeutic impact of dietary changes on depression. They recently completed a trial that showed that dietary improvement may be an effective treatment for depression. There is other research that suggests that dietary improvement appears to prevent new cases of depression. Better quality diets are associated with a reduced depression risk,...

August 31, 2018

I watched 13 Reasons Why (Netflix) with my kids.

I watched 13 Reasons Why (Netflix) with my kids. I heard a lot of controversy about the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why before I even became aware of its existence (or even considered watching it). The reactions from media commentators and from schools peaked my interest. As a psych, I am always interested in psychological issues that “create a storm”, particularly pertaining to adolescence. As a regular facilitator of mental health awareness training and as a mental health practitioner, I am ...

July 16, 2017

The first session of counselling: a brief Q & A

Attending counselling can be a little overwhelming, and a lot of people are quite anxious about what will happen. Below are a number of questions that clients have prior to their first session, and some tips to help you be prepared. What do I need to bring? Bring your referral letter, Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) (if you have one) and any other documentation. The MHCP will be developed by your GP and will allow for your Medicare rebate to be processed. If you don’t have this you won’t be a...

April 18, 2017

I don’t want to go to school

As we settle back into the school year for most children and families there is an adjustment phase before we get back “to normal”. The reality for some children (and families) is the departure off to school is not always met with happiness and excitement. Some children experience a considerable aversive (fear) reaction to the thought of going to school. Australian research suggests up to 9% of the school population may experience school refusal at some point in their school life (Withers, 20...

February 17, 2017

New 10 Easy ways to get moving

I’ve been reading a really interesting book lately about exercise, overcoming depression and improving well-being. The authors Michael Otto and Jasper Smits explain the mental health benefits of exercise. 1.Its preventative. People who exercise regularly are less vulnerable to depression and anxiety, and exercise is linked to decreased stress 2.It’s a treatment. Exercise helps people overcome depression and anxiety on its own, in combination with therapy and/or medication 3.It has immediate ...

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