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Why you don’t have to start couples therapy together

Romantic relationships tend to start in a blaze of passion and strong emotions, expectations and dreams.

But when – as sometimes happens – that initial honeymoon period turns into the realisation that both of you are living with a partner who displays the type of traits and emotions which you find hard to accept, it […]

White Ribbon Month

How to tackle violence and anger in New Zealand society
 

For all our beautiful landscapes and belief that we are a peaceful society, New Zealand remains an angry country.

And that’s why, every year, November 25 is celebrated as White Ribbon Day – the pinnacle of a month-long drive to raise awareness and provide a call-to-action […]

10 ways to avoid stress at Christmas

No sooner had the Halloween masks and fireworks disappeared from the shops, than storefront displays turned to Christmas.

Although the marketing is designed to reinforce the festive season’s fun, family-orientated side – how can anyone forget those lyrics “it’s the most won-der-ful time of the year” – all those expectations can lead to a highly […]

The Melbourne Cup: The addiction that stops two nations

In Australia and New Zealand, it’s hard to avoid the Melbourne Cup – the office sweepstakes, the media coverage and the long queues at the TAB.

And, sure, for many people, it’s simply a horse race which galvanises people in two nations into enjoying a sport which normally they wouldn’t care two hoots about.

But the […]

What’s the link between anxiety and bed-wetting?

It seems whenever we’ve talking about anxiety in this blog, we always have to talk about some form of spiral of cause-and-effect – and it’s much the same with children wetting the bed.

But, first things first, it’s important to remember that bed-wetting in children is commonplace (around 20% of all five-year-olds and 10% of […]

Dr. Kim McGregor joining Robert Street Clinic

SEXUAL VIOLENCE CAMPAIGNER DR KIM McGREGOR MOVES BACK TO ‘REAL FACE-TO-FACE WORK’

New Zealand’s leading advocate for survivors of sexual violence, Dr Kim McGregor QSO, is shifting her focus back to private practice by joining the team at Auckland’s Robert Street Clinic.

Dr McGregor, who last year was made a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order […]

What is Agoraphobia?

The straight translation from ancient Greek is “fear of the marketplace” but agoraphobia has come to mean the fear of any uncontrolled situation whether it’s an open public space, busy thoroughfare or a confined method of transport such as a car or bus.

The effect of agoraphobia is crippling to the person who experiences it […]

Mind that Child: How Mindfulness can provide a toolbox to a healthy child

We’ve discussed before on this blog how mindfulness can be as beneficial as therapy so it stands to reason that similar skills and techniques can help children as well as adults.

And since childhood is certainly not immune to the stresses and strains of living in New Zealand, it makes sense that teaching those skills […]

Why drinking leads to rows with your partner

A regular feature in couples therapy is the topic of alcohol and how frequently it plays a part in confrontation and arguments.

At the very worst end of the spectrum alcohol has been found to be linked to violence in relationships in New Zealand (a 2007 survey examining the role of alcohol in intimate partner […]

How Family Therapy can help when a child is suffering mental illness

When a child suffers with mental illness – or starts to exhibit signs of a mental disorder – it’s important that the whole family knows how to respond.

New Zealand children and adolescents – according to the Mental Health Commission and the Youth 07 survey of secondary school students – are highly likely to confront […]