September 6, 2015

What’s ACT all About Anyway?

Have you heard about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy? Referred to as ACT (as opposed to the acronym A.C.T), ACT is one of a newer generation of cognitive therapies. The aim of ACT is to experience your definition of meaning and richness in your life while accepting the unwanted or uncomfortable emotions or experiences that go with it. Unlike other therapy models, the overall aim is not symptom reduction, however it is typically true that symptom reduction is a consequence of engaging in ACT. The reason for this is that ACT helps us to step away from the struggle. The struggle to avoid unwanted feelings, sensations, thoughts, symptoms, images, memories and so on is analogous to fighting against quicksand. The harder we try to avoid unwanted experiences, […]
August 31, 2015

Chronic Pain – the Good, the Bad and the Painful

Chronic pain is defined as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage. Unlike short-term (acute) pain, chronic pain can last for months or even years and can be present without a clear cause. It is estimated that 20 per cent of Australians live with chronic pain; an invisible illness, which can have a profoundly debilitating and far-reaching effect on the sufferers’ life. Chronic pain can often result in a decline in mental health and quality of life, feelings of depression, anxiety, anger, grief and inadequacy, suicide attempts, a loss of or interruption to employment, financial strain, social isolation and can create tension and conflict in relationships with family and friends. Who can help me cope with my pain? A visit […]
August 17, 2015

Sleep Deprived?

With all the different roles we each tackle every day – from work to parenting, to being a friend or a partner, a household manager/cleaner/cook, to fitting in exercise, and the never-ending list of other random tasks that seem to crop up, sometimes, if not often, it’s our sleep that becomes compromised. It might suffer because time disappears and there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to catch a decent 7 or 8 hours a night. But it might also disappear because the stress of the daily grind catches up with us and causes us to lie awake and stare at the ceiling for hours thinking of that endless to-do list; or it might wake us up repeatedly during the night or early in the […]
August 5, 2015

Why is Colouring the Latest Trend for Adults?

You may have noticed a recent trend in bookshops and in the media of adults colouring. Colouring in for adults? Typically it is considered an activity to entertain children! However, it can be just as useful for adults as a way of managing stress and anxiety. Mindfulness Research has shown that colouring invokes a similar response in the brain to that seen when people are engaging in meditation or mindfulness. Mindfulness – the act of cultivating present moment awareness with openness, receptivity, and interest – is a practice widely recognised as a key component of treatment for a range of psychological conditions including depression and anxiety. Benefits of a mindfulness practice include increased attention and concentration, enhanced resilience, improved relationships, reduced influence of thoughts and feelings, […]
August 2, 2015

10 Tips for Bonding Securely with your Child

Research shows children who have secure bonds with their parents are better able to concentrate, have healthy social relationships, perform better academically, and best of all, feel good about themselves… So what constitutes a secure bond anyway? A secure “bond” is developed between caregiver and child when that care-giver is able to provide a “Safe Haven” – a safe place for the child to turn to for comfort and protection. And if the caregiver can consistently and reliably provide that comfort and protection, this sets up a “Secure Base” for the child to feel confident to go out and explore the world. This ability to depend on a parent for safety and security fosters the child’s independence and confidence to explore the world. To develop a […]
May 7, 2014

Will Your Relationship Last? Find Out How!

Negative communication can be destructive to relationships. Conflicts escalate not because of the issue at hand, but rather because of the way couples talk to each other. At times, we end up fighting over what is being said or how things are said and the initial problem does not get resolved. John Gottman, a well-known relationship researcher, author and clinician calls these kinds of negativity the “Four horsemen of the Apocalypse” because they are so harmful to a relationship. According to Gottman, arguments do not predict relationship breakup but the way you argue does. The four negative interactions are: criticism, contempt, defensiveness and stonewalling (withdrawing). The following is taken from Gottman and Silver’s book “The seven principles for making marriage work” (2000). Criticism You will always […]

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