A sculptured candle providing glimpses of light through its body as its layers uncoil towards the apex, allowing the light to shine brightest. This is a metaphor for striving towards self-actualisation.

Self-awareness and change are inextricably linked

Self-awareness “What is necessary to change a person is to change his/her awareness of himself/herself” (Abraham Maslow). Self-awareness and change are inextricably linked. Who was Maslow and what did he mean? Maslow was the founder of the humanist movement in psychology, which evolved in the 1940s and 50s. It emphasised each individual’s unique capacity for personal

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A couple are having a fight, the young woman taking a punch to her male partner's jaw. Each pulls a face as if in mock anger, symbolic of a couple's argument. Both people are in their early 30’s.

Tired of couple’s arguments?

Couple’s arguments Couple’s arguments may take on a format you are not happy with. You could find they start and end the same way. They might be about the same things. The past may get brought up in couple’s arguments about something else. If you experience recurring issues in your couple’s arguments, it may means

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How do I choose my counsellor?

How do I choose my counsellor? In addition to checking out the counsellor’s qualifications and experience in the area in which you are seeking help, there are certain personal qualities that you might be looking for in a person you seek help from. There is also the important question of the fit between you and

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A child sits on the shoulders of her grandparents, watching pink fireworks light up the sky. Others look up to the sky in wonder, a metaphor that anything is possible when we stop, look and listen. Life coaching can help you live your dreams.

Want more in life?

Want more in life? At a recent Life coach development course I attended on the Gold Coast I was asked a provocative question. What would you do differently in your life if you could start over? I felt sad about some missed opportunities. Held back by shyness, lack of confidence and avoidance of unfamiliar social situations, I realised I wouldn’t

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A blue image of a desolate mountain edge at sunset with the words – Time to stop and reflect. Create your quest. An analogy to making a quest for good counselling supervision.

Clinical supervision – time to stop and reflect

What do graduate and trainee counsellors need in supervision? ‘In clinical supervision the central focus is on both the optimum treatment outcome for the client and the professional development and self-care of the supervisee’ (PACFA, 2014). Supervision offers a broader lens through which to explore issues and other approaches. Early career counsellors typically benefit from

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How can I be more optimistic?

  Learn to be more optimistic Developing an optimistic attitude gives you a more positive outlook on life. It is a key aspect to good health. Asking the question: “how can I be more optimistic?” is a good start. Yet around 18,000 people a month worldwide ask: “how can I not be depressed?” This is a negative

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Self esteem revisited

What is self esteem? Self esteem has been defined as ‘an unfavourable global evaluation of yourself’ (Baumeister, 1996). This one-dimensional view is problematic as it doesn’t allow for error, it s very unforgiving of any mistakes we might make. It views self esteem as a trait that is fixed. Once you have it doesn’t leave

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Dealing with grief and loss

Grief counselling and support Grief counselling can help you through a difficult period of loss. It may provide comfort, support and care. It can help you understand the process. It can help you to honour and remember the person. It can help you to reconnect when you are ready. The reality of loss often strikes

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Three Keys to Happiness

Help with happiness Here are three things you can do right now to help with your happiness. When practiced regularly these happiness keys can result in feeling good, feeling compassionate, grateful and alive. Key 1 – Practise gratitude (do this once a week, preferably at the end of the week) Right now and again at the

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Seeking happiness is our life purpose

Seeking happiness is our life purpose “I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in that religion or this religion, we are all seeking something better in life. So, I think, the very motion of our life is towards happiness…” ― Dalai

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