You should just let your anger out (or not) Self-help Hooey topic #2 - myths from pop psychology

If you are prone to angry feelings, which is the better strategy?  Let it out, or hold it in?

The answer is neither, because there’s a far superior option.  It’s much more effective than that old favourite “You must releeeease your anger” – usually by pummelling a pillow, taking a boxing class, or sealing your doors and windows and yelling at the top of your lungs.

Welcome to the second post in the Self-help Hooey series that myth-busts some of the more damaging beliefs of popular psychology.  Read more…

Lies and Perception When fake news & alternative facts are about YOU - how to handle mistruths & rumours

Settled into a comfy chair in a hotel room in the 1990s, at a time when online forums were new, I was counselling my troubled and pacing friend.  He was very upset by some things that had been said about him online.

He was in the public eye just enough to garner gossipy interest from fans and hangers on.  They chatted and gossiped as if he were out of earshot, with comments ranging from the flattering, to invasive and disrespectful, to exaggerations and outrageous falsehoods.  Read more…

What’s the difference between a Counsellor, a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist? And which one should you see?

Difference Between Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Counsellor

In Australia Psychologist is a protected term.  Only those with specific tertiary education and training are allowed to use this job title…

Clinical Psychologists have specialised training for dealing with substantive mental illnesses…

Psychiatrists are first and foremost medical doctors.  They also have post-graduate training…

Counsellor is not a protected term, so in theory anyone can say they provide counselling services…  Read more…