How do we ask those around us if they’re okay – when faced with the unique challenges surrounding the pandemic?

21 September 2020

Each September, we use R U OK?Day to remind Aussies to check in with each other. But this year, thanks to the pandemic, we are surrounded by people going through all sorts of struggles. The isolated. The elderly. Overwhelmed parents. Children stuck ...

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ASK CATHY: How to find hope when it all feels hopeless

13 August 2020


Whatever your life looks like right now, you’re likely experiencing some extremes. Extreme anxiety. Extreme isolation. Extreme responsibilities. We’ve all got them. So no matter who you are – or what you do – you are definitely not alone.

That’s why this month, ...

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Did you welcome lockdown round 2 with a sigh of relief? (If so, read this.)

14 July 2020


Thousands of Victorians have just begun the start of a second lockdown. And for some, the prospect of remaining indoors is music to their ears. For others, it will elevate fears of leaving home all the more. Whether the former or latter, ...

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How to get your kids back into the classroom with a smile – after lockdown

19 June 2020


A Q&A on school refusal with Dr Peter Kyriakoulis

The pandemic has taken its toll on everyone – even our smallest members of society. So it’s understandable if your child isn’t over the moon about heading back to school. Whether they’re just used ...

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Sensible hygiene practices – or OCD? It’s a fine line.

26 May 2020


As we’re in the midst of a pandemic (which by their very nature are health-related), we’re being continually told to practise good hygiene. But there is a fine line between ‘good’ hygiene practises and ‘obsessive’ ones. So how do you know where ...

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Telehealth and children: everything parents need to know about virtual counselling

6 May 2020


While telehealth has been around for some years, it’s certainly new to many of our clients during this time of social distancing. And while it can take some getting used to – for children in particular – we’ve seen some very positive ...

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Why the term ‘social distancing’ is problematic – and how to embrace social connection

16 April 2020


With everything that’s going on in the world, it’s more crucial than ever to connect, converse and ‘click’ with others. But with the so-called ‘social distancing’ measures in place, how do we stay social?

Social distancing needs a rebrand

We’ve been told the best ...

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How to manage anxiety in today’s unsettling world

23 March 2020


Anxiety is a normal, healthy emotion. And during COVID-19 concerns, it can actually be beneficial – helping us be more cautious of ourselves and those around us. However, when irrational thoughts, unrealistic and unsubstantiated fears or chronic stress and anxiety begin to ...

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My child finds reading a challenge. Could it be dyslexia?

4 March 2020


Your child’s reading hour is approaching. Tension begins to fill the air. And within moments, the avoidance tactics begin. Excuses, arguments, tears – and perhaps self-deprecating comments such as ‘but you know I’m not good at reading’ and ‘I’m just not smart ...

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8 practical hints for beating the back-to-school blues

4 February 2020


Was that the sound of the bell calling them back to school after weeks of summer break? While some will be jumping for joy – ready to hit the books, see their pals and meet their teachers, others will be less than impressed. ...

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