What is Co-Parenting and What Are Some of the Frequently Asked Questions
Inner Melbourne Clinical Psychology Blog
by Lauren Bradley
1w ago
Coparenting can come with lots of questions, challenges and uncertainties. To help you feel more equipped, we asked our couples therapist, Lauren Bradley, who is experienced and passionate about helping people to navigate co-parenting. What is co-parenting? Co-parenting is when two or more people share parenting responsibilities for a child or children. Often separated partners become co-parents, sometimes with new partners forming step-parents and blended parenting arrangements. Co-parenting well, means forming a solid team that supports a child or children, regardless of whether your romanti ..read more
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What is Inner Child Work and How to Get Started
Inner Melbourne Clinical Psychology Blog
by Dr Jacqueline Baulch
1M ago
When people first come across the concept of inner child work, initially it can seem a little strange. Often though once someone understands the concept more, it’s an idea that really resonates. For some people, it can be a significant turning point in understanding who they are and taking better care of themselves. What is an inner child? An inner child is a psychological concept that represents the childlike aspects of our personality and emotional state. It’s a metaphorical way of describing the younger parts of us that can sometimes emerge when we are faced with stressful or traumatic situ ..read more
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What is ADHD? How Can a Psychologist Help?
Inner Melbourne Clinical Psychology Blog
by Dr Jacqueline Baulch
1M ago
If you’re looking for information about ADHD, we’ve put together a Q & A blog with one of our clinical psychologists, Dr Patrice Friars. What are the key symptoms of ADHD? While most people think of a little boy climbing the walls or being aggressive, the picture of ADHD that we have seen in media up until recently has been very misleading. These more extreme examples are actually more likely to be conduct disorder rather than simply ADHD. There are three different types of ADHD – Inattentive, Hyperactive and Combined Inattentive-Hyperactive. The Inattentive subtype of ADHD tends to be abo ..read more
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What is Sex Therapy? How Can it Help? What Can I Expect From Sessions?
Inner Melbourne Clinical Psychology Blog
by Dr Jacqueline Baulch
7M ago
If you’re considering seeing a sex therapist, we get that there can be a lot of unknowns and even myths in this space. To help you feel more equipped, we asked our sex therapist, Lauren Bradley, to answer some of the most common questions people have about sex therapy. 1. What is sex therapy?Sex therapy is a specialised form of counselling where the focus is to improve your sexlife, address any sexual difficulties or to allow you to explore your sexual needs. Like psychology and counselling it’s a talk-based therapy. 2. What should I expect during my first session with a sex therapist? In the ..read more
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How to Help Someone Having a Panic Attack
Inner Melbourne Clinical Psychology Blog
by Dr Jacqueline Baulch
8M ago
Helping someone who is experiencing a panic attack can be a challenging experience, but there are a few things you can do to help make the situation more manageable. It’s important to note that some people may be hesitant to share that they are experiencing a panic attack, or even reluctant to receive support, so it’s always a good idea to approach the situation gently and non-judgmentally. If someone you know is having a panic attack, the following tips may help you to support them: Tip #1 Recognizing when someone is having a panic attack is the first step in helping them.  It’s importan ..read more
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How to Weather a Self Attack Funk with the Mindfulness tool RAIN
Inner Melbourne Clinical Psychology Blog
by Dr Jacqueline Baulch
1y ago
Turning on yourself. That sinking feeling you get in your stomach when you move into self attack mode. You slip into a funk, becoming cold and prickly towards yourself. Your inner critic takes centre stage. There are a million different reasons that we turn on ourselves, even if at other times we seem to take care of ourselves quite well. Despite being a universal part of the human experience, moments like this can be pretty hard to bear and tend to leave us feeling overwhelmed. Simplicity is a key ingredient for making it through to the other side when you move into self attack mode. So is fi ..read more
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Eight Tips for Getting the Most Out of Seeing a Psychologist
Inner Melbourne Clinical Psychology Blog
by Dr Jacqueline Baulch
1y ago
Tip #1 Carve out some time and space before your session Give yourself some time to transition from whatever else you are doing before you go into your session with your psychologist. Even five minutes of space will do. You might find it helpful to put an appointment in your diary as a reminder to carve this space out for yourself. If you are attending your counselling session in person, consider arriving five minutes early and taking a breather in your car or the clinic waiting area. If your meeting with your psychologist on Zoom, try not to jump from another computer based task (such as a me ..read more
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Why Getting to Know Your Dark Side is the Secret to Good Mental Health and a Fulfilling Life
Inner Melbourne Clinical Psychology Blog
by Dr Jacqueline Baulch
1y ago
“I don’t have a dark side” you might say, or if you have an inkling that you do, it’s certainly not something you want to get to know better. In fact, most of us would rather get as far away from this part of ourselves as possible. Your dark side, also known as your shadow side, has more to offer than you might think though, particularly when it comes to living a fulfilling life. So, what is your dark side? Your dark side is the messier, flawed or less pleasant side of who you are. Most of us do our best to hide this side of who we are from others and to some extent, even from ourselves. This ..read more
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Tips for Taking Care of Yourself this Christmas
Inner Melbourne Clinical Psychology Blog
by Dr Jacqueline Baulch
2y ago
The silly season is upon us once again. What a mixed bag this time of year can be! Sometimes no matter how hard we work to create a Christmas free of stress and conflict, the pressure and tension can get the better of us. The past couple of years have been challenging in more ways than we could have possibly imagined, so as you move towards the end of the year you might notice big feelings like grief, fear and anger bubbling to the surface. If you’ve lost someone you love or had a relationship end, Christmas can be a sad and lonely time, and a time of reflecting. If you’re experiencing symptom ..read more
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How Journalling Can Boost Your Mental Health + Prompts to Get You Started
Inner Melbourne Clinical Psychology Blog
by Dr Jacqueline Baulch
2y ago
Here are some of the ways that journalling can boost your mental health: The act of writing can help us to understand what’s happening around us. When we can make sense of things, even if we don’t want or like what’s happening, we can feel a little calmer and little clearer. It can help to free our mind up to focus on other things. Sometimes of course, things just can’t be made sense of, but journalling allows us to get our fears and worries out onto the page. This process gives us some distance from our thoughts and emotions. Instead of feeling like we are our thoughts and feelings, we start ..read more
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