I’m recent weeks, things have been personally challenging and I have valued the support of those around me. I want to return the favour in providing support to others. I work as a clinical psychologist and I'm offering a space to discuss how you’re doing at this difficult time, to anyone who is interested. The … Continue reading Giving back during the Covid-19 pandemic
Below is a speech that I gave at my 30th birthday party in September 2015. Over the preceeding months I had been on a training placement in a paliative care and oncology service and I had lost my two remain grandparents within a few months of one another. I'd thought alot about death and found Irvin Yalom's 'Staring … Continue reading Celebration and death
On Thursday 16th May, I presented to a group of peer-workers and other clinicians at The Alfred, Melbourne. The conversation and subsequent discussion was focused on what it means to have authenticity and what implications that has for our work in mental health services. The talk focused on an idea from Charles Guignon that in … Continue reading Authenticity in mental health services
The meaning of life has been debated throughout history from different philosophical and religious perspectives but what about the meaning of death? The topic is somewhat taboo in modern western societies and talking about death can be met with resistance and fear. However, we fundamentally cannot separate life from death as they (along with taxes) … Continue reading Café Psych: Death – what does it mean to you?
A friend recently told me that she stopped listening to podcasts from a number of self-help gurus because she was fed up of 'being told what I should do'. As someone who reads, listens to podcasts and consumes information from a range of people, I can appreciate the value of a good idea. However, perhaps like my friend, I’m often overwhelmed by … Continue reading No more ideas, thank you