Care and Support During Uncertain Times – COVID-19 by Shannon Moule (Clinical Psychologist)

Ilze GroblerCOVID-19, Psychology

Dear Zesty Community, I felt called to connect with our ZESTY community to acknowledge and assist during these uncertain times.  We (Australians) have been through a lot so far this year: fires, floods and now COVID-19. It wouldn’t be surprising if you and other people around you are experiencing heightened levels of negative emotions right now. And it’s not surprising … Read More

How our life stories impact our bodies By Dr Johanna Lynch (GP Psychotherapist)

Christina ReynoldsPsychology, Uncategorized

Our very own Dr Johanna Lynch has had a chapter included in a new mental health textbook launched this month, entitled Humanising Mental Health in Australia: a guide to trauma-informed approaches. Her chapter, co-authored with eminent Norwegian GP researcher Anna Luise Kirkengen, is entitled Biology and Experience Intertwined: trauma, neglect and the physical body. We asked her for a sneak preview of … Read More

How to Respond to FEAR By Shannon Moule, Clinical Psychologist

Christina ReynoldsPsychology, Uncategorized

Let’s start by leaning into this emotion, to help you understand it a bit better….. What is FEAR? FEAR is a normal and natural feeling we have to address threat in our environment. FEAR helps us automatically organise a response to that threat. FEAR motivates us to survive It helps us attend to the threat and it directs our thinking … Read More

R U OK? Day 13 September 2018 by Shannon Moule (Clinical Psychologist)

Christina ReynoldsPsychology, special events, Uncategorized

In 2016, 2,866 people died from suicide in Australia (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2017). It’s estimated that every day we lose 8 Australians to suicide and 30 people attempt to end their lives everyday (Lifeline, 2018). Rates of suicide are generally three times higher for males, rural and regional dwellers, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (Mindframe National Media … Read More

Compassion Focused Therapy Explained – by Shannon Moule, Clinical Psychologist

Christina ReynoldsPsychology, Self-Compassion, Uncategorized

 The Dalai Lama often stresses that if you want others to be happy – focus on compassion; if you want to be happy yourself – focus on compassion (Dalai Lama 1995, 2001)   Around the same time last year I wrote an article on a therapeutic approach called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  In that article I focused on explaining … Read More

How to stay MOTIVATED to achieve your New Year’s resolutions – Shannon Moule, Clinical Psychologist

Ilze Groblergeneral, Psychology

This time of year brings about reflection of what has been and hope for a better tomorrow. For some of you this has transitioned into setting yourself goals (i.e., new year resolutions) to take action to achieve something that is of importance to your life. This may be to lose weight, get fitter, climb a mountain, start dating again, socialising … Read More