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So, What's Next? Creating a New Normal

So, What's Next? Creating a New Normal
Since I last posted in April, most of us are gratefully acknowledging that Australia has done well in minimising harm from the coronavirus pandemic, compared to many other countries. But as we slowly emerge from our social isolation, and still try to maintain physical distancing, we should be very aware that returning to 'normal life' is going to take a long time.

What is Walk and Talk Therapy?

What is Walk and Talk Therapy?
Since I wrote my last blog post, about 6 weeks ago, daily life for most of us has completely changed, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people hav...

Art Therapy and Coping with Corona

Art Therapy and Coping with Corona
During the current Covid 19 pandemic, Southside Art Therapy and Counselling will continue to operate face to face for as long as it is safe to do so, according to current government and health information. 

Rest and Digest: Developing the Green Zone

Rest and Digest: Developing the Green Zone
What do we think about, when we think about bees? Apart from honey, I mean. The saying 'busy as a bee' is what comes to my mind. And when we look...

Creative Arts in Counselling and Mental Health

Creative Arts in Counselling and Mental Health
This excellent, and mainly Australian, book was published a few years ago, which is very exciting, as I co-wrote one of the chapters, with my colle...

Why is there a 'gap' fee for 'Better Access' to Mental Health Services?

 I love this flowery image of the two hemispheres of the brain. It suggests to me that if we look after our brain it will blossom and flourish. This is easier said than done however, and this blog post addresses the issue of access to mental health services in Australia. 

Happy New Year, and the (Creative) Value of 'Making a Mess'!

Mess by Keri Smith
This lovely book, by Keri Smith, celebrates mess, mistakes and imperfections. In other words, real life. Smith suggests a range of art activities to be done in the book, which will probably turn out to be rather less than perfect...even the cover is a bit of a mess, with crossings-out, a patch of white-out and rewritten parts, so it looks rather like a bad homework assignment...

Anxiety management in stressful times - and how to enjoy the holidays without breaking the bank...

Anxiety management in stressful times - and how to enjoy the holidays without breaking the bank...
Its no coincidence that I am writing about anxiety in December, just a couple of weeks before our biggest holiday of the year. It is weirdly also the time we can feel most stressed, even when we are looking forward to time out with family and friends. Not everyone enjoys the lead up to the break, with parents in particular feeling the strain. There may be planning, shopping, organising, cleaning and present-wrapping to be done. So much to do, so little time. There is also added financial stress, with extra food and presents to buy, and expectations of having a perfect holiday can add to the strain...

'I-phone orphans': Please may I have your attention?

'I-phone orphans': Please may I have your attention?
  As concerned adults, whether as parents, grandparents, therapists or teachers, we often worry about how much time children and young people spend...

Hard science about soft pastels! And slowing down...

In this recent post by American art therapist Cathy Malchiodi, we learn that there is some evidence to suggest that certain art materials can produce specific beneficial effects - something art therapists have believed for a long time, but we have not been able to scientifically 'prove' it until now.

What is 'Emotion Coaching'?

 

In which we suggest a way of talking to children about their big, overwhelming emotions, like rage or sadness, when they are hard to console or reason with.

Felt emojis

Most of us are all familiar with using emojis when sending messages by text. Its a great idea which I like to adapt when working with children...