Parenting

Circle of Security Parenting book

For Circle of Security devotees, this news will be music to your ears.  The developers of the highly acclaimed Circle of security program for attachment based parenting have released a book aimed at parents, which provides advice and parenting strategies, to supplement the information many parents gain by attending Circle of Security courses and  workshops.  For… Continue reading Circle of Security Parenting book

fertility, Fertility Resources and Links, LGBTI Parenting, surrogacy

Domestic surrogacy explained

Have you been wondering what the process is for surrogacy in Australia?  This short video with ANZICA counsellor Katrina and repeat altruistic surrogate Rachel really helps explain the process for altruistic surrogacy in Australia.https://au.tv.yahoo.com/the-daily-edition/video/watch/35694649/non-compensation-surrogacy-explained/#page1

domestic violence, mental health

Who are the perpetrators of domestic violence?

Well to be honest, DV offenders don't look much different to anyone else - and they might be living very near you.  This is a very uncomfortable and confronting video from men who were previously violent towards their  partners but have gone through offender programs and now want to change the culture of violence.  We… Continue reading Who are the perpetrators of domestic violence?

mental health, mental illness

Mindfulness and self esteem

Have you been feeling like your self esteem is not quite as robust as you would like? Recent research has been suggesting that mindfulness can play a part in building a more positive self esteem by reducing the degree to which we compare ourselves (critically) to those around us. Read more about this research here. https://www.mindful.org/feeling-self-critical-try-mindfulness/?utm_content=buffer02ef7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

health, In the news, mental health

Gratitude

I know I share a lot of articles and information on this blog - because that's the primary reason I started it. But this morning I thought it might be nice to make it a little more personal and show that (at least some of the time) I do try to practice what I preach.  And… Continue reading Gratitude

grief, In the news, mental health, Parenting

Helping kids cope with traumatic news

Its is beginning to feel like every time we turn on the TV, radio or social media, there is another terrible event being reported, and with the advent of 24 hour, 7day a week news services, it is a little inescapable.  All of this bad news can feel terrible for adults, but for kids the… Continue reading Helping kids cope with traumatic news

health

A United Front for breast health

I have had too many beautiful friends, family and clients be diagnosed with breast cancer in the past few years, and most of them have been quite young women.  The United Front project is a few years old, but I love its celebration of breasts in all their shapes, sizes, colours and forms, and I… Continue reading A United Front for breast health

donor conception, fertility, Fertility Resources and Links, LGBTI Parenting

Lesbian couples and family creation

As a psychologist I frequently get asked if my job is hard or sad, and yes, sometimes it is, but one of the real highlights of my work is the donor conception counselling I do with lesbian couples planning to use altruistically donated semen.  In the past few weeks I have met some really lovely… Continue reading Lesbian couples and family creation

donor conception, fertility, Fertility Resources and Links, Parenting, Solo mums

Solo mums and donor conception

I have been meeting more and more women deciding to have children on their own, using either IUI or IVF and accessing altruistically donated semen (generally through a clinic or sperm bank).  This is a reasonably straightforward process (at least in Queensland, where I live and work) from a medical perspective, but solo parenting undoubtably… Continue reading Solo mums and donor conception

fertility, Fertility Resources and Links, Parenting, surrogacy, Uncategorized

Positive surrogacy perspectives

The VARTA website is a goldmine for resources and personal stories of families undertaking fertility treatment, including donor conception and surrogacy. One of my absolute favourites is this one, which provides an opportunity for 3 members of the one family to tell their surrogacy stories - the child, the mum and the surrogate.  I have… Continue reading Positive surrogacy perspectives