Gone are the days of ripe mangoes, sizzling barbeques, and the low evening hum of air-cons across the country working overtime to combat the scorching summer heat. Instead we’re facing cooler days, longer nights, and a serious drop in sunlight.
You may well be reading this and thinking “I’m glad those ridiculous 40 degree heatwaves are over – I love winter weather!” But for many Australians, the onset of winter can bring feelings of despair, sadness and isolation.
If you’ve ever found yourself impatiently waiting for a text, obsessively thinking about the object of your affections, or losing sleep, your appetite (even your sanity!) when caught in the throes of romantic infatuation or loss, the latest research on love addiction and treatment options may bring some comfort.
Love addiction has been the subject of hot debate for many years in psychology and neuroscience research circles.
Maintaining control of your anger takes patience and consistent practice – but the benefits can last a lifetime. Anger is a useful emotion when it’s expressed appropriately – for instance, you can address an injustice by using assertive communication and problem-solving techniques.
If you have a friend who is having a hard time at work, school or home, it’s sometimes hard to know what to do. Supporting a friend in trouble can be the difference between them moving through a difficult life challenge or sinking into a state of hopelessness, social withdrawal and despair. (more…)
Desire discrepancy is completely normal for couples: over the course of a relationship, differences in sexual drive are bound to happen. Fluctuations in libido, attraction towards a partner and need for sexual intimacy may occur at any time, but are known to increase the longer a couple is together.
Often, one person wants to have sex more frequently, whilst the other person feels less of a desire for sexual and emotional intimacy with their partner. This difference in libidos is the most common sex-related reason couples seek counselling.
Humans love collecting stuff – we always have. From the hunter-gatherer tribes of the Paleolithic era who foraged and stored surplus food, to modern-day art collectors and shopaholics – people like to accumulate possessions.
Do these statements sound familiar to you?
“I don’t need counselling.”
“It’s not that serious. I can handle it by myself.”
“I’m fine! It’s my partner who needs therapy.”
Despite what we tend to say aloud, perhaps you’ve secretly wondered to yourself “Do I need counselling?” There are many everyday signs that indicate it could be helpful to talk to someone.
Most people never tell anyone. Childhood sexual abuse affects 1 in 3 women, and 1 in 6 men, yet the majority of people who were abused as children don’t talk about what happened to them.
Pets can bring an immense amount of joy, unconditional love and companionship into our lives. Numerous studies have shown that people may live longer, be healthier, and feel happier with a furry companion by their side. Pets teach us about responsibility, the importance of affection, and the beauty of human-animal relationships. (more…)
Social anxiety is a silent, stay-at-home epidemic of social avoidance. One in four Australians experience anxiety, and around 11% of the population will experience social anxiety in their lifetime. Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is an incredibly effective treatment for social anxiety, but the majority of people don’t seek help – why? (more…)