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Navigating Uni

It’s just a couple of weeks until the start of Semester 2 in universities and schools around Australia. For many it’s the start of their university career, for others it’s the final push before their Year 12 exams, and for all there’s the hope that it’s less disrupted than Semester 1. Here in one place

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Counselling and Coaching

The woman without all the answers

This blog post will contain links to a series of videos with tips and views on dealing with the coronavirus. I’ll update it when I record a new video. Like many of us, I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed by the enormity of the coronavirus crisis and not sure what I could do to help.

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Counselling and Coaching

BE a helper

The news is pretty depressing these days. If it’s not coronavirus it’s climate change or Brexit or  refugees or bush fires or the economy or cuts to social services or Trump or … well, I could go on but I don’t want to depress you further. It’s hardly surprising that we may feel a sense

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Counselling and Coaching

What I’ve learned from loss

My mum passed away earlier this year. I’ve lost people before but (luckily for me, I suppose) this is the first time I’ve lost someone close to me. Although I can’t speak for everyone who’s lost someone, this is what I’ve learned this year: Even when you’re expecting it, it’s still a shock. My mum

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Exam Coaching

Revision and exam tips

If you’re doing a exam any time soon, here’s a video with some advice on revision and exam techniques. There’s a video to watch here. The PowerPoint slides, with the links mentioned, are here – just click the “Download” button Good luck!

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Counselling and Coaching

The sound of music

Doris Day died this week at the age of 97 (and yes, I know she wasn’t in The Sound of Music). My first thought on hearing this was to call my mum and tell her, before I remembered that she’s gone. My mum was a huge fan of Doris Day (and of musicals generally) and

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Counselling and Coaching

In praise of good-enough mothering

Sunday is Mothers’ Day. I hope that if you’re reading this you’re planning a lovely day with a mum who loves you and whom you love back and/or a child who loves you and whom you love back. For some, however, this day might be a source of grief or pain rather a source of

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Counselling and Coaching

The call

On Sunday night I got the call in the middle of the night that all expats (and everyone else, really) dread. My lovely mum had died. It wasn’t really a surprise as she was 83 and had been sick for many years. I’d actually been planning to fly back to see her next week, but

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Counselling and Coaching

Get your head out of the sand … NOW!

Are you worried about your exams/assignments/studies? Are you stuck in the procrastination trap? Are you trapped by the avoidance delusion? Then this blog post is for you. It’s aimed primarily at students who are anxious about their studies and using avoidance to manage their anxiety, but the principles are equally applicable to other types of

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Counselling and Coaching

To see ourselves as others see us

Do you struggle with a self-critical voice, an inner demon who tells you that you’ll never make it, that you’re not good enough, clever enough, thin enough, young enough, whatEVER enough? Last week I wrote about knowing some inspiring people who are seizing the day and changing their lives for the better. Here’s the story of one of them.

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