Lapse Not Relapse

by Dr Ashlen San Letho I’ve always found the expression ‘falling off the wagon’ kind of upsetting. I mean, you’re rolling along all on track, putting in all that effort, doing all these right things, then suddenly you hit a speed bump – and a jerk and a wobble later you’ve ‘fallen off’. Is this wagon meant to stop for …

An Honest Story from a Long Term Client

My absolute fear is being perceived as vulnerable, being exposed and/or being judged. Like this is probably the one thing that really really fricking scares me in this world, like more than anything. Some people might be reading this going well then why are you doing it? lol. Well, I’ve been told that blogging/writing down all you have to say …

Would you like to improve your relationship?

Would you like to learn how to communicate differently and fight fair?     Around Valentine’s Day many singles and couples reflect on their relationship and wonder if it could be better. Most people would answer YES to wanting to improve their relationship and many would not know that there is an enormous body of research into what creates a …

Client Story: Little Miss Nervous

A lovely story from our 9 year old client.   Once upon a time there was a girl named Sophie. One day she got very nervous, and then a little girl appeared in her stomach. The little girl in her stomach made her feel even more nervous, so even when she was having fun she still felt nervous. The little …

Narrative Therapy

Narrative Therapy, as explained by Sekneh Beckett (MAPS)

“Every time we ask a question, we’re generating a possible version of a life.” – David Epston   “The problem is the problem, the person is not the problem.” – Michael White and David Epston Narrative Therapy Recent movement in the neuropsychotherapy field examine the positive significance of engaging with peoples’ ‘narratives’ to benefit therapeutic outcomes. For example, Seigel & Bryson (2011) …

Exercise by prescription Q&A – meet Longevity, one of our partners

Why does our partnership make perfect sense?  Longevity’s team of Accredited Exercise Physiologists prescribe bespoke exercise as medicine for both the treatment and prevention of disease particularly mental health, by working together for a collaborative approach to treating and managing mental health issues. As part of a treatment plan research shows us that exercise can make a positive difference to …

Mindfulness and Meditation Q&A – meet Janelle

Meet Janelle   How were you introduced to meditation? Many years ago when I was working in a corporate job I met someone who was doing meditation classes and I signed up with the same teacher. I had been curious about learning to meditate but it wasn’t as popular back then, actually it was probably thought of as a bit …

Wise words from a client

SEK: I wonder what tips you would offer other young folks about switching the ‘staying relaxed’ gear to automatic? Wise words from client at Northpsych: For advice I’d just ask them to consider what the consequences of not staying alert will be, usually there’s nothing to worry about. Sometimes people think that things will go wrong if they get complacent, but …