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Working it out - Stay at Home or Return to Work

Working it out - Stay at Home or Return to Work

It's not easy deciding if and when to return to work after having a child. There are many factors to think about, not to mention navigating the opinions of others. What's felt right for you? To read our recent article with a list of pros and cons that may assist when making your decision, featured [...] Read more

Mind and Body

Mind and Body

Psychological and physical health are intricately linked. There are many physical issues that may have a direct impact on mental health. Women’s bodies are chameleons. They change dramatically at each stage of life. Sometimes, there are imbalances as we adjust to new demands on our systems. It is [...] Read more

Adjusting to Parenting

Adjusting to Parenting

* Thank you to Alana Healthcare who requested I write this entry as a "guest blogger" on their website for September 2016 ... Becoming a parent is a major life event. It’s an exciting time that changes life in lots of ways—and this transition requires numerous adjustments. Many new parents find that [...] Read more

The Olympic Spirit

The Olympic Spirit

I love the Olympics, the whole idea of defining human limits and then pushing beyond them. There is so much to be admired watching the athletes. Just as important as their awesome physical abilities is the undeniable mental strength in the long journey that leads them to the games. Even more [...] Read more

Mother Worry

Mother Worry

Mothering and worrying tend to go hand-in-hand. It’s natural for a parent to be concerned about the growth and development of their child and to feel responsibility for warding off any potential threats. Let’s face it, caring for a child on a physical, mental and emotional level takes a lot of [...] Read more

Do you have a mean friend in your head?

Do you have a mean friend in your head?

Most of us will notice thoughts coming into and out of our heads all day. We are always thinking, evaluating and interpreting things that are going on around us. This is important for us to make sense of the world and to plan what we do next. But what you say to yourself can really influence how you [...] Read more

New mothers making time for themselves reduces chance of postnatal depression

New mothers making time for themselves reduces chance of postnatal depression

Even just taking a long hot bath, alone, once a week, may reduce the risk of postnatal depression - Research by Hannah Woolhouse, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and Stephanie Brown, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute - One in three women will experience significant depressive symptoms in the [...] Read more

Dealing with the emotional aftermath of pregnancy loss

Dealing with the emotional aftermath of pregnancy loss

The loss of a baby can be a deeply distressing experience at any stage of a pregnancy. Many women experience intense emotions while also dealing with the physical impact and hormonal upheaval. The sense of bonding between a woman and her unborn baby can be very strong. It is understandable that you [...] Read more

Inside Cloudberry Clinic

Inside Cloudberry Clinic

Coming to see a clinical psychologist can sometimes seem a daunting task, and even more so if you are feeling anxious. The thought of coming to a new environment might feel overwhelming at first. For some people, getting an insider's view can make all the difference. The pictures show the outside of [...] Read more

Considering international adoption?

Considering international adoption?

The need to have a psychological evaluation is a prerequisite when adopting a child from another country. Although the requirements can vary for each country, usually a clinical interview and some well-validated psychological measures are completed for each prospective parent. The process might [...] Read more