BlogA Collection of Posts from Brisbane ACT Centre's talented psychologists, psychiatrist, therapists and social workers.
From Saturday, May 6, 2017 Nik Kotlarov will be running a group course at the Brisbane ACT Centre, get in touch with our helpful staff to register your interest today. Would you like to use the latest research in Psychology and Human Behavioural Science to reduce your...read more
As a psychiatrist sleep problems are one of the most common issues people come to me for help with. It may be the primary problem. More often, it occurs hand in hand with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, major mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder or...read more
In short, an expert clinical psychotherapist, with particular sensitivity to your broader life context, present and past. Let me explain. I am an ACT psychotherapist, AND my extensive training in social work keeps me aware that context is critical. For my clients,...read more
Would you like to improve your performance, reduce feelings of stress and increase your satisfaction with life and work? These are the three key benefits offered by mindfulness practice, and are well supported by scientific evidence. Mindfulness practice has exploded...read more
In our last post we congratulated Professor Kenneth Pakenham on his recent national award for outstanding contribution to student learning. Dr Pakenham received this award for creating and implementing a program that teaches Acceptance and Commitment Therapy based...read more
We’re pleased to congratulate friend of the Brisbane ACT Centre, Professor Kenneth Pakenham on receiving one of the 2016 Australian Awards for University Teaching! These national awards recognise outstanding contributions to student learning. Professor Pakenham...read more
You may be one in two Australians at any one time trying to lose weight. Whether it’s due to a recent health scare, a hard word from your doctor, or realising you can’t do something that really matters to you. Yet despite shows like “The Biggest Loser”, the evidence...read more
Home Visiting Service by Brisbane ACT Centre’s Accredited Mental Health Occupational Therapist (MHOT)
The barriers to accessing mental health care are many and varied and the Brisbane ACT Centre Is committed to breaking them down. Sometimes people are restricted from accessing timely and appropriate mental health intervention due to the very reason that they may need...read more
We are often interested in assessing how good or bad we are at different things. Intelligence is one of those that runs deep with people. Doing a basic internet search brings up a list of sites offering free testing. Saying someone is 'smart' immediately jolts...read more
We would never criticise and judge our loved ones or friends as harshly as we do ourselves. Self-compassion is something we can give ourselves when we fail and struggle, when we feel ashamed and disappointed. Self-compassion helps us to become mindful of our...read more
At Brisbane ACT Centre our expert psychologists, psychiatrists and other therapists use the latest effective mindfulness, values and action oriented strategies to help you better handle anxiety, so as to feel better, and live better, quickly. Many common beliefs about...read more
Life is full of challenges, some more difficult than others, it’s how we respond to those challenges that matters most. Everyone has the experience of facing a challenge that was just out of their realm of control. Facing tough times like that can make us stronger,...read more
Modern humans have inherited genetics from their ancestors who learned over thousands of years how to survive in a dangerous world. Our modern world hardy resembles the life of our ancestors; however our minds do not know that. Our minds, similar to our ancestors, are...read more
Seems like the “mindfulness colouring book” craze is getting stronger with every passing month. But is it really practicing mindfulness, to colour in pictures in a book? Well the answer is … it depends. Almost any activity you can think of can be done mindfully … or...read more
A clear blue sky beamed through my window the day I learned that I would never again see purple rain, at least not in the flesh. The flesh of megastars such as Prince, it seemed, was just as susceptible to mortal vulnerabilities as the rest of us. We are all human. We will all suffer the same fate, eventually. My clear blue sky day suddenly seemed a little cloudy.read more
This is the second in the Brisbane ACT Centre’s two part series on finding a psychology practitioner that’s perfect for you. In our first post we looked at choosing a therapist, now we move onto the qualities and actions of effective therapists - what makes a great...read more
This is the first in the Brisbane ACT Centre’s two part series on finding a psychology practitioner that’s perfect for you. In this post we look at how to look for psychologists and choose between therapists. In the next segment we’ll explore what research shows makes for a great psychologist.read more
Can you recall the last time you had a pebble in your shoe?
You knew it was there, but you were too busy to be bothered.
Maybe you were running late for the bus or trying to enjoy the view. But each time you took a step you were reminded of how uncomfortable it was. And not feeling comfortable is not acceptable.read more
So you find these dark periods are here again. You may try many things which help somewhat but depression keeps coming around. You don’t want it, and you don’t like it. But when it is here anyway, here are some tips which may help: 1. Allow yourself to feel the way...read more
The ACT model predicts that a lot of suffering is caused by becoming entangled in difficult and painful thoughts and feelings, and then is further exacerbated by trying to push those thoughts and feelings away.read more