Interesting facts about Clinical Hypnotherapy and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)

by Brian Smith Dip of Mod Psychology NLP MPrac. MH. PMAHA Clinical hypnotherapy is a genuine psychological phenomenon that has valid uses in clinical practice. Simply put, hypnosis is a state of highly focused attention or concentration, often associated with relaxation, and heightened suggestibility. Hypnosis is the original mind/body medicine. (There is proof, from NIH clinical trials, that patients hypnotized before surgery have an easier time and their surgeons complete their operations quicker!) Since hypnotherapy is an adjunct form of therapy, used along with other forms of psychological or medical treatment, there are many applications. Many leading medical figures since the 18th century (including Austrian physician Franz Mesmer, for whom the verb “mesmerize” was coined) experimented with putting patients into trance states for healing purposes. Hypnotherapy can be used to treat anxiety, phobias, substance abuse including tobacco, sexual dysfunction, undesirable spontaneous behaviours, and bad habits. It can be used to help improve sleep, learning disorders, communication, Read More

The Invisible End of the Spectrum

By Natalie Muldoon In 2013, our Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM) replaced Asperger’s with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Level 1. While the diagnostic name has changed, identifying girls who exist on this end of the spectrum, continues to be a difficult task for psychological professionals These identified girls don’t want to be noticed by peers or professionals alike. From very early on in their lives they have developed remarkable skills of observation and imitation, which helps them to build upon their chameleon-like abilities. They can step back and observe how their peers interact and mirror those behaviours accordingly. They are able to adopt a persona to fit most social situations and environments. The most common description parents give of their daughters is as “an angel at school and a devil at home”. At school, they will adopt a ‘goody-goody’ persona, which suppresses their confusion and pathological fear of making mistakes This can only to be taken out on their parents in “the moment they get into Read More

What is Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

with Matt Swainsbury There are many reasons couples experience problems in their relationship including ongoing conflict, communication problems, infidelity and sexual difficulties – just to name a few. Even though couples therapy has been widely demonstrated to address these difficulties, and we know obtaining help is recommended as soon as troubles arise, research tells us couples will typically struggle for 6 years before seeking therapy. By this time the problematic cycles can be more entrenched and can often be harder for couples to repair by themselves. Matt works under an Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) treatment model with couples to try and correct these difficulties. Having worked under this model for some years, Matt is currently working towards accreditation with the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally-Focused Therapy (ICEEFT), Ottawa, Canada. Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a form of therapy that prioritises emotion in informing us about our deepest needs and values. EFT can be used Read More


(for ANYONE over the age of 18 years)! One of our team members, Rebecca Cox is conducting a research project on head injury recovery as part of a Psychology Honours program at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). If you would like to help her with this study, she is looking for ALL males and females 18 years and over (NOTE: 17 years and over for current QUT students) to complete an online survey that should take no longer than 30 minutes.  In acknowledgement of your time and effort, participants (other than PYB100/102 students) will have the opportunity to submit their email address to enter a draw to win a $100 Westfield Gift Voucher once the survey is complete. Please note that your email address will be kept separate from your survey response and cannot be used to identify your results. Once the voucher has been allocated, all email addresses will be deleted from our records to ensure the confidentiality Read More

Postnatal Rage

by Amanda Donnet Perinatal mood disorders (antenatal and postnatal depression and/or anxiety) are common conditions. One in seven mums and one in ten dads experience depression in the first two years after having a baby.One in 10 women experience depression during pregnancy.[In this article I have written describing the experiences of mothers but the content applies equally to fathers as well.]​What does postnatal depression look like? If you do a google image search for “depressed mum” the images you get are of forlorn looking women in fluffy robes with loose ponytails.  They hold their babies and their foreheads and stare into the distance.  Passive, pensive, quiet, a tear gently rolling down her face.  THIS is what a depressed mum looks like: ​ ​​​But for the women I see in front of me, postnatal depression can sometimes be a different beast.  I use the word beast on purpose, because for many mums that is how they feel: like Read More