Managing uncomfortable emotions

By: Danielle McCarthy

Nobody likes uncomfortable emotions right? This can lead to attempts to avoid or suppress them. However, whether you like it or not, uncomfortable emotions are a normal part of the human experience. If you can learn ways to manage your uncomfortable emotions that don’t involve suppressing or avoiding, they will likely pass faster and even


Sometimes all we want is to be heard & validated

By: Danielle McCarthy

Emotional validation involves recognising that an individual’s feelings or opinions are valid and worthwhile. When someone expresses an emotion that you aren’t used to or are unsure of how to handle, understanding how to validate is important. It is essentially a way to communicate the acceptance of another person’s thoughts, feelings or behaviours. Emotional validation


3 Tips To Start Living A Meaningful Life

By: Danielle McCarthy

During a recent stressful period, the importance of connecting with, and living in accordance with values became ever so apparent to me. Identifying and moving in the direction of your values is important, and helpful in the treatment of a wide range of concerns, including: Depression Anxiety Adjustment difficulties When I was feeling stressed and


Finding The Right Psychologist

By: Danielle McCarthy

It can be difficult to find the ‘right’ psychologist for you.  At the end of the day psychologists are humans. This means we will be well suited for some clients, but not so well suited for others. That’s why it’s important to find the ‘right’ psychologist for you…the right fit. This is someone you can


Implementing Gratitude In Your Daily Life

By: Danielle McCarthy

Gratitude is a simple, yet incredibly powerful tool. The practice of focusing on what is already here in your life and being grateful for it can assist in boosting: Feelings of happiness Optimism Personal satisfaction and motivation Not bad for something that only needs to take a couple minutes of your day. In the video


Implementing Self-Compassion

By: Danielle McCarthy

In this video I discuss ways that you can start implementing self-compassion in your life. As human beings, we are often better at showing others kindness, compassion and love, than we are ourselves. However, self-compassion is an important value to share with yourself for many reasons. In this video, I explain what self-compassion is, why we


Anxiety In Children & Adolescents

By: Danielle McCarthy

One in ten children/adolescents experience anxiety at a level which causes them to have problems doing things (e.g., going to school, trying new things, hanging out with friends, or performing their best). Knowing when to get help for your child can be tough. Worry is both normal and helpful, which is one of the reasons