Australian psychologists predict loneliness will become our next public health epidemic. It is predicted loneliness will reach epidemic proportions by 2030 unless action, on grand scale, is taken . Although living alone can offer conveniences and advantages for an individual research indicates that psychological and physical health are not amongst the advantages, particularly for adults younger [...]
About Susan OaklandsPsychologist, Couples Therapist and Organisational Consultant. Susan works with families and workplace teams to improve how they function together and increase their social cohesion. Susan is also a committee member with the North Queensland Australia Psychological Society and a founding member of the Townsville HR Network. She is passionate about the power of social and relationship connections, the impact of these on our physical health, resilience and happiness and reducing the rising rate of loneliness to improve psychological health and well-being.
It’s fascinating that as we progress further into the Digital Age, the importance of face-to-face contact is emerging for our psychological health and happiness. Studies in Social Neuroscience are illuminating the reasons why we need regular contact with people not just screens, and why time spent with your neighbours, friends and family will enrich and [...]
Dr Lisa Millar is a Senior Clinical Psychologist in Townsville trained and experienced in EMDR treatment for Post traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety and Depression. Dr Millar has worked in acute psychiatric settings as well as private practice with people suffering the debilitating effects of traumatic experiences as well as others who struggle with severe anxiety [...]
What is EMDR? How can it help me manage Trauma & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Anxiety, Stress & Depression EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. It is an innovative treatment, developed for treating Trauma/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder What Kinds of problems can EMDR treat? EMDR has been studied extensively and found [...]
Everyone experiences periods of stress, sadness, grief and conflict, so when you’re feeling off it can be hard to know if it’s time to see a professional about the problem. And apparently, those who would benefit from some therapeutic intervention are not seeking it enough: Aside from suffering needlessly, those in distress may actually make [...]
Self-awareness is the entry point to effective leadership - it is important for leaders to be aware of their impact on others. Yet many leaders have no idea of their negative impact. A key barrier is people’s own blind spots about themselves or their role in the organisation. There can be big differences between how [...]
Are our problems fixable? Over the years I have worked with large numbers of grieving and struggling separated couples whose problems would have been redeemable if only they had done something about it. There are many issues that seem impossible to overcome in a relationship but are not. These include: • Past infidelity • Feeling [...]
Do you feel overwhelmed by so many career options and not sure where to start? It is quite normal to feel this way and you are not alone, many school leavers share your thoughts. In my career guidance sessions, I speak to young people about the importance of giving themselves options down the line by [...]
Research shows that men and women often experience depression very differently. Depression in men often follows an upward trajectory of emotional distress, from "AVOIDING IT" behaviours when it is first experienced to "STEPPING OVER THE LINE" behaviours that signal a significance risk of harm. We provide "Male-Friendly " well-being and psychology services.
As sleep problems become an epidemic,we know a major cause is the blue light from tablets and smartphones. The blue light from our devices tricks our brains into thinking it's still daytime and suppresses the release of Melatonin, we need for a good night's sleep. What can I do? 1. Stay off all devices for [...]