Eating Disorders in Men
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Eating Disorders in Men

1.Do Men suffer from Eating Disorders? Psychologists commonly see female clients presenting with symptoms of eating disorders – but what about men? Does this mean that men do not suffer from eating disorders? I don’t think so. It is probably rarer for men to develop eating disorders with the same constellation of symptoms as women. Body image concerns and engaging…

3 Common Myths About Hypnosis
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3 Common Myths About Hypnosis

The film portrayal of hypnosis is one where a dominant and powerful man (usually evil) takes control of a vulnerable and helpless woman and forces her to do his bidding against her will. This framing of the “power” of hypnosis has been supported by the many television and stage hypnosis shows, where a hypnotist appears to have amazing powers of…

Schizophrenia- What is it?
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Schizophrenia- What is it?

Despite many years of public education and campaigns in relation to mental health, schizophrenia continues to be a misunderstood mental illness. When people fear that they might be going “mad” it is the symptom list of a schizophrenic illness that they point to. In films, on television, and in books, the term “schizophrenia” is used interchangeably with “split personality”. Yet…

Hypnosis for Pain Relief
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Hypnosis for Pain Relief

A question that I am often asked is: “When would you use hypnosis for pain?” A somewhat flippant reply that comes to my mind is, “When wouldn’t you?!” Though I don’t often say it, I always think it. Hypnosis, the ‘modern’ western way of experiencing a trance state is probably the oldest, least intrusive, and a least toxic way for managing…

A Narrative Approach to Therapy
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A Narrative Approach to Therapy

Author: Dr Alistair Campbell,BA (Hons), M Psych (Clinical), PhD. Narrative approaches to therapy originated in Australia in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and are useful in the treatment of depression, anxiety and trauma. In the early days, they were introduced as a form of strategic therapy, which has its roots in family therapy and hypnosis, by two South Australian social…

How Do You Know if Therapy is Working for You?
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How Do You Know if Therapy is Working for You?

Written By Dr Alistair Campbell Is it good enough to just like your therapist – or that your therapist seems to like you? How can you know if your therapy is working for you? These can be tough and challenging questions for both you and your therapist. For the therapist they go to the heart of our competency. Are we…

Depression in Older Men
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Depression in Older Men

Written by Dr Alistair Campbell Do you remember watching any of those TV programs featuring “grumpy old men” (GOM)? I do. I love them! Witty, acerbic and opinionated older males making observations about people and life from a particularly jaded and critical point of view is pure gold for comedy. One of the reasons I really enjoyed watching these shows…