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The Attuned Psychology blog library

Welcome to our library of blog articles to inspire you and help you think through some of the challenges you might be facing.

We add to these articles as topics arise from our therapy sessions or issues grow in public awareness.

If you have some article topics you’d like us to consider writing about, please use the contact form to share your suggestions.

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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Bright Light Therapy

Light It Up: The Benefits of Bright Light Therapy

Do you… Have issues waking up too early? Have difficulty falling asleep? Feel down and depressed in winter? Struggle with shift work? Suffer from jet lag? Bright light therapy is a treatment for people who experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or circadian rhythm disorders (disorders which impact the timing of sleep). How does my sleep work? How long is a piece of string? Lets try to “cheat sheet” this a bit. Our circadian rhythm is a 24-hour process that is self-regulated, but also adjusts to the environment and setting by external stimuli exposure. The light-dark cycle of day and night

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Winter Blues

Winter is Coming: 4 tips to beating the “Winter Blues”

Winter is Coming… Scratch that, it’s already here…. (without Jon Snow, The Dragon Queen or any White Walkers, for those of you that caught my Game of Thrones nod). I feel like over the last week it’s almost constantly rained (good for the farmers and the environment, I know), the temperature has dropped more degrees than I care for, and the sun seems to pop out only sporadically. With this shift in our day to day experience and the shorter, darker days of winter, many of us experience a negative impact on our mood. Research and personal experience has shown

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NDIS

Decoding the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

As the rollout of the National Disability Scheme (NDIS) is approaching completion in South Australia, it’s timely to look at some of the core ideas of the Scheme. Our clients at Attuned Psychology include participants or have family or friends who are receiving funding to support their disability through the NDIS. I wonder though, how many know of the history of the Scheme and why expectations have been high for better outcomes for the almost one in five Australians who report living with disability. Why is the NDIS a good thing for people with disability? There have been many who

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long distance relationships

Loving from afar: 5 Tips for coping with long distance relationships

Times have changed for me. Gone are the days of driving an hour to see my parents, living with my closest friends and having the people I have always known and loved only a short drive away. Living away from those I love has probably been one of the greatest challenges I have had to face. I keep telling myself that as each year passes it will get easier, I will get stronger and I won’t feel home sick anymore. But deep down I know I’m kidding myself. No matter how old we get or how old our children get,

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Family Values

Talking Family Values with our Children

In her last blog in September, Tracy Quinney explored the work of Dr Brene Brown and Imperfect Parenting. In this latest blog she explores family values and how we can open up the lines of communication with our children especially when moving through to adolescence. Being the imperfect parent of an imperfect child Hello again Imperfect Parents. How did you go with your homework from my last blog in September? You remember…..what values do you practice in your family that support your imperfect parenting of your imperfect child? It’s not easy is it? We are familiar with vision statements and a core value system for the

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parent-stress

The Parent-Stress Cycle

It’s no secret, we all know parents who are stressed out! Stressed out parents often say they have a harder time managing their parenting role, and question whether they are doing a good enough job of raising their children. Parent-stress can be experienced in four ways: Personal stress – feeling overwhelmed by everyday life Marital/relationship stress – too much conflict or disconnection from each other Parenting stress – the numerous day-to-day challenges of raising children are getting to you Little or no social support – you feel alone and/or get little help with parenting. The Parent-Stress Cycle So, of course

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