Behaviours for thriving
One of the biggest fallacies of modern living is that everything should be easy. The opposite is true. Without courage, we easily become stuck in unhelpful behavioural patterns of avoidance and striving. Courage involves a willingness to accept whatever we are experiencing at the moment. Courage is the practice of being present, aware and curious about our world, our emotions and our thoughts. Courage is possible when we embrace and respect our feelings.
When we experience hurt it feels natural to get away from it. An attempt to build walls of protection around us to protect ourselves from further pain seems like a good idea. Unfortunately, self-protective walls result in our finding it very difficult to appreciate the tender, gentle, loving and kind aspects of ourselves and each other. In our attempts not to feel hurt or vulnerable, we lose our human ability to celebrate and suffer with each other. Compassion is the practice of being kind-hearted and gentle with ourselves and each other and is the lifeblood of thriving.
We are designed for connection. Whether you believe in evolution or creation both accounts of the world explain the human condition as social. We survive and thrive in the context of loving, accepting, supportive relationships. Our sense of self is understood in the context of our sense of belonging - to another individual, to family, to a community and within social and work groups. Thriving requires an ability to join together with others, to be fully present, open and accepting. Connection is not academic it is an action. The action of reaching out, holding hands, sharing laughter and tears.
How psychologists can help
what do psychologists do?
Psychologists study human behaviour, brain function, learning, human development and the processes that determine how we think, feel and behave. Psychologists apply this knowledge using evidence-based methods to help individuals, organisations and communities identify difficulties, develop solutions to problems and achieve plans and goals. You can find out more about what psychologists do at www.believeinchange.com
are psychologists qualified to help
what should you expect from your psychologist?
Your psychologist should provide you with information about their qualifications and experience as well as specific areas of expertise. They should work with you to assess what is troubling you, explain how they can help and describe expected outcomes you might expect working with them. The APS charter for clients explains what you should expect from working with a psychologist.
Counselling utilises a range of evidence-based psychological techniques and therapeutic approaches designed to help you manage difficulties, solve problems and live the life you want to live. Counselling is confidential, respectful and collaborative. If you have never attended counselling before your psychologist will explain the process, answer any questions and help you fee comfortable.
Coaching is a supportive and encouraging relationship between coach and client designed to help identify and achieve personal and professional goals. Your coach will help you explore your values, set goals, develop a success plan and monitor your progress. Coaches use evidence based techniques to help you stay relaxed, focused and motivated.
Workshops and lectures supporting you to thrive at home and at work.