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5 Tips On What To Do With All This Baby Advice

When you have a baby for the first time, everyone wants to give you advice.  Sometimes this is welcome and reassuring however for many new parents they may find so much conflicting advice overwhelming.  In addition to well-meaning friends and family you also have books, magazines, websites, blogs, and Apps that want to give you advice. Parenting forums…

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5 Steps to Fostering Positive Body Image in Your Children

For many years now, our media has been saturated with images of “ideal” bodies. Children are particularly susceptible to the influence of the media, as well as their environment and those around them. As your child’s parent, you have a unique power to shape your child’s values and self-image. While you are not solely responsible…

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ADHD: Myths vs. Facts

In my work as a Child and Adolescent Psychologist, I often undertake attention assessments with children, and this sometimes results in a diagnosis of ADHD. When I provide feedback to children and parents, I often find that people hold mistaken beliefs about ADHD that make it even more difficult to adjust to the diagnosis and…

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5 Ways to Manage Separation Anxiety

Children who become anxious being away from their parents or other important caregivers may be experiencing separation anxiety. These children often worry about their own safety or the safety of their parents when they are separated from them. Separation anxiety is a normal part of a child’s development that tends to be most intense during…

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Social Media and Your Teenager

Any parent of an adolescent knows that kids are in many ways more connected now than ever. Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook – the ways to communicate electronically have exploded over the past few years. There are many benefits to social media (keeping track of your kids is one), but the perils have also multiplied. Unfortunately, the…

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What Causes Panic Attacks?

If you’ve ever had a panic attack, you know that it can be a terrifying experience. While symptoms vary, they can include: Pounding or racing heart Sweating Trembling or shaking Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering Feeling of choking Chest pain or discomfort Nausea or abdominal pain Chills or heat Numbness or tingling Weakness,…

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Do PND Support Groups Work?

Since 2007, I have facilitated 35 PND (perinatal anxiety/depression) support groups. The eight-week program encompasses evidence-based psychological interventions,including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, relaxation techniques, problem solving and communication skills, which seek to improve perinatal mental health for women who are suffering from depression and/or anxiety after the birth of their baby. There is an additional…

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Rated Top 3 Psychologists in the Sunshine Coast

  Sunshine Coast Psychology Clinic has been listed as one of the Top 3 Psychologists in Sunshine Coast, QLD. The review was made using their 50-Point Inspection which includes everything from checking reputation, history, complaints, ratings, satisfaction, trust and cost to the general excellence. View our Rating here

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How to Use Time-Out

As a child psychologist, I frequently assist parents to learn effective ways of managing their children’s difficult behaviour. Invariably, when I ask parents what strategies they have used, I am told: “We’ve tried time-out. It doesn’t work.” There is some truth to this – not every strategy will work for every child and it is important…

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Helping Your Child to Manage Cyberbullying

While many of us enjoy the increase in connectedness that social media brings, there can also be a dark side, commonly known as cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is bullying carried out via text messages or social media and can involve abusive messages or even the bully pretending to be someone else. As a parent, it can be…