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Self-Compassion

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Published: 20/09/2015

‘Empathy’s the antidote to shame. The two most powerful words when we are in a struggle: me too.” – Brene Brown I hear some inspiring stories that lift the spirit, and are testament to human resourcefulness and resilience. Jennifer a pleasant woman in her fifties had endured multiple and constant abuse and neglect throughout her […]

Breaking the rumination habit

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Published: 22/02/2015

Rumination is derived from the Latin for chewing the cud. The term applies to the process of turning something over and over in our minds. Rumination involves reflection and brooding. Reflection can be helpful, as it can lead to solutions or help identify and process what we feel. But when reflection is associated with ongoing […]

Healthy Self Awareness

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Published: 30/07/2014

‘ Be yourself, everyone else is taken.’  Oscar Wilde.   Love that quote. Just like our fingerprints each of us has a unique ‘self’. Accept  what we have. I have been privileged recently to become a grandparent to two gorgeous twin girls.And already that mix of the genetically based traits and temperament is blending with […]

Christmas stress

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Published: 14/01/2014

ON THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS…  On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me; the perfect present, delicious food, a splendid festive atmosphere, faultlessly behaved children, and a partridge in a pear tree…. Christmas brings unique stressors, and for many it can be an emotional struggle.  The stress management sages say […]

What do you deduce Watson?

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Published: 30/05/2013

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson go on a Camping trip. After a good Dinner and a bottle of Wine, they retire for the night and go to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes wakes up and nudges his faithful friend. “Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see.” “I see millions of […]

Stress levels soaring in Canterbury

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Published: 08/04/2013

A leading clinical psychologist joins Breakfast to discuss new figures showing more than 66.000 Cantabrians are on anti-depressant pills. Watch the video here. http://tvnz.co.nz/breakfast-news/stress-levels-soaring-in-canterbury-video-5393171

Family Court Proceeding Reform Bill 2013

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Published: 01/03/2013

A verbal submission to the Panel Hearing Family Court Proceeding Reform Bill 2013; Graeme Clarke  Held a Wigram Air Museum 45 Harvard Ave 1 March 2103 I welcome many of the proposed changes such as the measures to resolve differences of parents outside of court; expansion of the parenting after separation program and expanding the […]

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