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Monday, 19 December 2016 21:10

Happy Holidays

Did you know that between November 1st and January 15th there are approximately 29 holidays observed by 7 of the world's major religions?

Published in New Things

Diana Kirk is a hussy. Who just published her first book. It's called Licking Flames and it's like nothing you've ever read before. But don't just take my word for it - check out her interview with The Psychology of It.

Published in Up Close & Personal
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 21:46

Faces of India & Nepal: A Story Through Photos

Three weeks ago I returned from one of the most amazing trips of my life, this time through India & Nepal. I may never find the words to write about it. Instead, I'd like to share some of my photos. These are some of the faces of India & Nepal.
Published in New Things

Earlier this year, six-year-old Scarlett (she's 7 now!) wrote to us at The Psychology of It asking a very important question - "Why do people live if they're only going to die?" We answered Scarlett in an open letter. So impressed by the curiosity and intelligence of this young lady, we thought it only fitting to invite her over for a cup of tea and what turned out to be a very special Conversation on the Couch. You can see it here.

Monday, 10 October 2016 22:28

We All Wear It Differently

We All Wear It Differently is a podcast interview series that aims to entertain and inspire early career psychologists by illustrating the diverse world of psychology through conversations with colleagues, peers and mentors.

Published in New Things
Melissa Reeser Poulin is a poet and prose writer with a passion for cultivating creativity in the lives of busy people, especially parents. In her own pursuit of creative fulfillment while raising an active 16-month-old, she has come to embrace shortcuts of all kinds-- including 20 minute workouts and cooking with Trader Joe's. She is an overly ambitious reader with far too many books on her bedside table. 

I first met Lisbeth several years ago in The Literary Kitchen where we were both writing students of American author, Ariel Gore. We reunited two weeks ago back in the Kitchen in a Personal Essay Intensive class. This very personal essay about Lisbeth's experiences living with and managing bipolar affective disorder and symptoms of psychosis lept from the computer at me and I begged her to share it with us at The Psychology of It. We're so grateful she did.

Published in Up Close & Personal
Friday, 09 September 2016 20:38

Music for Grief by Dannielle O'Keefe

Praised for her warm rich tone, mezzo-soprano Dannielle O’Keefe, brings joy to audiences across a broad spectrum of music genres. A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at The University of Melbourne, Dannielle is dedicated to the art of performance and loves to inspire people through music. Not only that, but she is also a TimTam Slam loving mountain climber who has conquered base camp at Mount Everest, Macchu Picchu and Cotopaxi to name but a few. We're so blessed that Danni has also shared her talent for writing with us here at The Psychology of It. This is an article for everyone.

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Published in Analyse This


Sandra Bucci is of Swiss-Italian heritage and a Novacastrian now residing in Manchester, U.K., with her husband and two beautiful children. She is a Dr of Clinical Psychology and an academic at The University of Manchester; her academic interests lie in understanding the development and maintenance of psychotic experiences such as hearing voices and having unusual beliefs. She is motivated to develop novel ways to help people have better access to mental health support and intervention. Sandra is a world citizen who has travelled extensively. She is a former competitive aerobics champion, tennis player and doesn't particularly like being in a field of cows (one might go so far as to say she has a bovine phobia!).

Last week I received an email from one of my lovely clients - an urgent plea from a stressed out Year 12 student, overwhelmed by their workload. In a new move for me, I decided I'd send them therapy via email with the sole purpose of getting them through their next ten minutes! This is what I sent.

Published in The Coping Toolkit
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