Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Family Law in Australia: A Spotlight on Donna’s Research Donna is currently in the write up stage of her PhD thesis, looking at Child custody, domestic violence and family law in Australia. Her research includes an examination of published legal judgements around the application of the rebuttable presumption of equal […]

The benefits of optimism

The benefits of Optimism What is optimism? It is a mental attitude, a happy belief that the outcome of a situation or events in general will be good – the “glass is half full”. It is defined as expecting the best possible outcome from any given situation. The opposite of optimism is pessimism. What is pessimism? Again, it […]

Can we make time slow down?

by Miriam Henke, M Psych (Health) Have you had the experience of commenting to someone, “The year is going by so fast!” or “It feels like time is speeding up!” You probably have and then wondered why that’s the case. Why do you think we experience a speeding up of time? Is it a genuine […]

Emotional Intelligence: A greater predictor of life success?

Move Over IQ; EQ is a greater predictor of success in life When psychologists began to write and think about intelligence, they focused on cognitive aspects, such as memory and problem-solving. The Intelligence Quotient (IQ) had been considered the best measure for success in life, however over the last 30 years there has been a […]

Exploring the world of Anti-Depressant Medication

Do I really need anti-depressants? Are anti-depressants effective? Which is the best anti-depressant? What other options do I have? When it comes to the topic of anti-depressants, there are many questions and viewpoints that tend to come out. As a psychologist I am unable to prescribe “psychotropics” (medication for mental health issues), however many of my clients are […]

Adjusting to Change and Building Resilience

Change and it’s many faces Change. It’s an inevitable as death and taxes. And yet many of us find change to be challenging and can throw us into a state of turmoil. Yes, there are some reading this who would say they’re great with change, and yet I imagine if you’re one of those people […]

Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Family Law in Australia: A Spotlight on Donna’s Research

Donna Roberts is currently in the write up stage of her PhD thesis (at the University of Adelaide), looking at child custody, domestic violence and family law in Australia. Her research includes an examination of published legal judgements around the application of the rebuttable presumption of equal shared parental responsibility; interviews with mothers whose children […]

Recognising and Treating PTSD

What is PTSD? According to BeyondBlue, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is “a particular set of reactions that can develop in people who have been through a traumatic event which threatened their life or safety, or that of others around them. This could be a car or other serious accident, physical or sexual assault, war or torture, […]

How to tell a loved one they need help

Someone you know and care for isn’t doing so well. Perhaps you’ve noticed some changes in them, or they’ve confided in you that they’re unhappy, anxious, or even thought about suicide. Either way, you’re concerned and you know that them getting counselling or some other kind of mental health support is what they need. How […]