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In the meantime, here are links to our top 5 most read articles:

  1. Clinical psychologist or registered psychologist … what’s the difference?
  2. Why we need to be selfish to be selfless
  3. 5 positive psychology strategies that you can implement today to improve your overall wellbeing
  4. Stop and smell the roses: Discover mindful smelling
  5. Positive reminiscence: How to make the good times count

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Clinical Psychologist

Clinical Psychologist or Registered Psychologist…What’s the difference?

Common Questions in a Psychology Practice, Part 1. There are a few questions that seem to pop up again and again in a psychology practice, one being “what is the difference between a clinical psychologist and a registered psychologist”? Here at Attuned Psychology we have both, so let’s have a quick look at what a “Clinical” and “Registered” Psychologist are. However before I explain that, let me very quickly, and very briefly, start with a basic explanation of what a psychologist is….. A psychologist is someone who is professionally trained in the science of how people think, feel, behave and

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To Do List Anxiety Attuned Psychololgy

How to relieve To-Do List anxiety: Differentiate between Needs and Preferences

Many of us confront To Do List anxiety in this society and if you are currently, or have been a client of mine, you’ve likely heard me say this phrase; Needs vs Preferences. I’m always honest and shared that this is one of those phrases that I developed entirely for myself, as a way to try and combat my constant need to get through that never ending To Do List without completely burning myself out. And, I’ve found my clients benefit from this strategy too. So let me explain….. The days of the neverending To Do List I, like so

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Rumination

5 strategies to identify and manage rumination

What is rumination? Rumination is where you find yourself repeatedly going over the same thought or problem without any resolution or completion. Sounds familiar, right? Rumination is found in both depression and anxiety, but with different ‘themes’. Often when we are depressed, our rumination may be more around feeling worthless or not good enough, which then can lead to difficulty solving problems, and an increase in anxiety. Catch-22. Our memory is context specific. This means we remember things that are related to each other, and related to our current situation. If we are in a low mood, the brain connects

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Symposium on Performance Science by Taryn Oak from Attuned Psychology Adelaide. Photo by Jan Střecha on Unsplash

Insights from the 2019 International Symposium on Performance Science

Attuned Psychology has a focus on performance psychology, which is why I recently attended the 2019 International Symposium on Performance Science in Melbourne at the Conservatorium of Music. It was an insightful experience to learn from, discuss and debate all facets of performance with professionals, scientists and performers from around the globe. Performance psychology is one of the many areas of study and practice within psychology. The American Psychological Association defines it as the application and study of psychological principles of human performance to help people: consistently perform in the upper range of their capabilities and more thoroughly enjoy the

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Big emotions

6 strategies to manage your child’s big emotions.

Jerry Seinfeld once said “having a two year old is like having a blender that you don’t have the top for”. At the time of writing this blog, my two and a half year old grand daughter is struggling with the new arrival of her sister. My grand daughter is a delightful and loving little girl but in the last two months she has certainly had moments of anger, frustration and jealousy that have resulted in our family wondering how to help her with these big emotions. How should we respond when she lashes out at us, her baby sister

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Concussion

Concussion: Getting your recovery right

Pretty obviously big injuries like a stroke or a head injury that requires brain surgery and a long stay in hospital will probably significantly affect how clearly and quickly you can think at least for a while. But brains don’t really like smaller injuries either. We now realise that some concussions, can result in changes in how smoothly brains function. What changes after concussion? Immediately following a concussion people can notice foggy thinking, slowed thinking and feelings of frustration and something being not quite right. Sometimes people find they experience an emotional reaction, feeling more easily frustrated or having less

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