Psych for Life with Dr. Amanda Ferguson
Join Dr. Amanda Ferguson, psychologist and published author as she discusses a range of topics including personal and work issues, relationships, professional and personal development, performance and more. Sharing her insights along side a variety of guests, the Pysch for Life podcast is your insight into mental health, psychology and life.
Global crisis and COVID-19: Why managing our mental health, staying productive and helping others is so important now since the pandemic - and how to do this.
August 31, 2020 • 27 MIN
As a registered psychologist and registered organisational psychologist, Dr. Amanda Ferguson discusses why our mental health, psychological state, relationships and work life matter now more than ever. She shares how to manage yourself for better health and optimal performance in all areas of your life. Dr. Amanda also reminds us that change is the only constant in life and that recent global events are making us more aware and forcing us to adapt. She provides examples of how we can best move through this new global wave of change and encourages us to see it as an opportunity to re-set the balance in our lives and to become more aware of self - management - which will insure us for future challenges. Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 13 11 14 To find out more about Dr. Amanda Ferguson, you can visit her website at www.dramandaferguson.com.au Or connect with her on Facebook or LinkedIn
Inner child work: How our younger ages and stages still live within us and accessing these parts can make us happier, healthier and better at our work and relationships.
September 7, 2020 • 25 MIN
Dr. Amanda Ferguson discusses the fascinating world of inner child work and how working with our inner child can help us to heal parts that carry trauma from childhood - trauma caused by abuse, neglect, abandonment and rejection. Dr. Amanda explains how through inner child work we can build neural pathways within ourselves, creating a stronger sense of authentic self and how relating to and working with these younger parts makes us happier and healthier. She shares how through this happy inner child we are more likely to connect better, find the right kind of work and partner, make better life decisions, have fun, function better, and be better partners, workers, friends and parents. Dr Amanda says: "It's never too late to have a happy childhood - but we must have this in order to heal and be happy".  You can listen to Dr. Amanda's 'Inner Child and Recovery' meditation track on Spotify here: http://spoti.fi/2NvY3hm To find out more about Dr. Amanda Ferguson, you can visit her website at www.dramandaferguson.com.au Or connect with her on Facebook or LinkedIn  
Chosen family: What to do when you have no biological family to rely on or you need parenting support as an adult
September 14, 2020 • 33 MIN
Ideally, we grow up in a loving family and grow into adulthood feeling united and supported but this is often not the case. Dr Amanda Ferguson discusses how we can find spiritual or surrogate family members when our biological family is dysfunctional, lets us down or doesn't exist in our lives. Acknowledging our lack of good family relationships is painful and lonely. The possibility of a second chance - and even more chances - to create a sense of family is liberating and fulfilling. For instance, feeling motherless can be healed by finding as many mother figures as it takes for us to eventually feel we have been mothered. Surrogate family relationships usually evolve naturally and can't be forced. They give each person a sense of gaining what they were missing. Dr. Amanda shows how the world holds all these potential people we need to feel loved and to love. It's never too late to have a happy family. Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 13 11 14 To find out more about Dr. Amanda Ferguson, you can visit her website at www.dramandaferguson.com.au Or connect with her on Facebook or LinkedIn
Romantic relationships: ‘Does love conquer all?’ Psychologist and relationship expert Eric Lyleson explains how to be in love and to be in a relationship successfully is only possible by being true to yourself.
September 28, 2020 • 64 MIN
Psychologist Eric Lyleson has been a relationship counsellor and teacher to relationship therapists for over 30 years. He explains why, contrary to what we may usually think, being in a state of love in ourselves is actually more important and beneficial to our romantic relationship than anything we may work on with our partners. Eric shows us how to be there for both ourselves and our partners and how to deal with 'disturbances' to the state of love we share. He takes us through why touch is so important, how having successful relationships requires us to be ‘awake’ and how younger generations are now focusing on having deeper, more conscious relationships. To find out more about Dr. Amanda Ferguson, you can visit her website at www.dramandaferguson.com.au Or connect with her on Facebook or LinkedIn
Resilience and use of devices in children: Dr Mark Williams discusses device addiction in children and provides advice and training programs for parents, teachers and children.
October 4, 2020 • 67 MIN
Dr. Mark Williams started the Neuroscience for Kindy Kids program and has worked in outreach programs to Primary and High Schools. Mark's goal is to inspire people to be curious about the world and to enjoy science, or at least recognise how important it is. Mark's own story of his rise to success from school drop out to eminent, international professor is incredibly inspiring for any child or adult to hear - showing us how our potential can be tapped. Mark helps us to understand why 'smart phones are making us dumb' and he shares how Apps are designed to make us addicted to them and can make us unhealthy and potentially produce the opposite of what they should. Mark explains why the children of today who control their device usage will be the more successful adults of tomorrow. To contact Dr. Mark Williams please visit www.drmarkwilliams.com or www.connectedteachersacademy.com. Or you can email him on drmark@drmarkwilliams.com To find a psychologist in your area visit www.psychology.org.au Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 13 11 14 To find out more about Dr. Amanda Ferguson, you can visit her website at www.dramandaferguson.com.au Or connect with her on Facebook or LinkedIn
Anxiety, Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Facing a 'Trifle of Troubles’ with Psychologist Lorraine Corne
October 12, 2020 • 66 MIN
In this episode Dr. Amanda Ferguson and Sydney-based psychologist and published author Lorraine Corne discuss anxiety, other mood disorders, post traumatic stress disorder and complex post traumatic stress disorder. Being able to break down the scientific nature of the above helps us better understand and comprehend these common, and unfortunately, escalating mood disorders. Two very experienced psychologists share how they best support clients through these and other difficulties, reminding us that, with the right tools and support in place, there is always hope. You can find Lorraine's books in any good pharmacy and on her website. To find a psychologist in your area visit www.psychology.org.au Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 13 11 14 To find out more about Dr. Amanda Ferguson, you can visit her website at www.dramandaferguson.com.au Or connect with her on Facebook or LinkedIn
The miracle of birth and the empowerment of women in the birthing world with doula Jackie Barker
October 19, 2020 • 44 MIN
Jacki Barker is a Sydney based midwife turned doula with a background in psychology. She shares her experiences and insight into the world of birthing and how women can become empowered through this experience with the right supports in place. As a birth activist, Jacki is passionate about giving mums-to-be as much choice as possible and has helped countless women in her experience as both a midwife and a doula. As we delve in to the secret world of birthing it is fascinating to discover how the mind reacts to such a physical and transformative experience and how no two births are ever quite the same. To contact Jacki Barker please visit www.lovecherub.com or you can follow her on instagram at @lovecherubdoula. To find out more about Dr. Amanda Ferguson, you can visit her website at www.dramandaferguson.com.au Or connect with her on Facebook or LinkedIn
Cohabitating and diversity within our communities with Australian Federal Member and psychologist Dr. Fiona Martin
October 26, 2020 • 31 MIN
In this episode, Dr. Amanda Ferguson is joined by the Honourable Dr. Fiona Martin, an Australian Federal Member of Parliament and psychologist who specialised in helping children with learning, developmental and behavioural difficulties. As the first female Liberal member elected for Reid, a vibrant example of harmonious multiculturalism located in the inner Western suburbs of Sydney, Dr. Fiona Martin directly contributes to this cohabitation and diversity within her community. With coronavirus and its resulting effect on the local economy effecting one-and-all in the electorate of Reid, Dr. Martin shares with us how she has used her experience and knowledge as a psychologist, small business owner and grand-daughter of migrants to help bring her community together in these challenging times. To contact Dr. Fiona Martin you can call her office on 02 9715 7444, or email fiona.martin.mp@aph.gov.au To find out more about Dr. Amanda Ferguson, you can visit her website at www.dramandaferguson.com.au Or connect with her on Facebook or LinkedIn
Meditation and hypnosis as performance enhancers: How they help our health and increase performance outcomes in all parts of our lives
November 1, 2020 • 37 MIN
Dr. Amanda Ferguson explains what meditation entails, how to achieve alpha state - in passive and active ways - and why meditation is so beneficial. Meditation builds what Dr. Amanda calls 'the critical link' within us - neural pathways that make us more connected within ourselves. Meditation has been shown to provide health benefits such as reduced blood pressure. She also shows how 'hypnosis is the new meditation' - that is, how through hypnosis we can obtain the same benefits as well as further benefits from the therapeutic approach. You can listen to Dr. Amanda's Relaxation and Meditation CD on Spotify here: https://spoti.fi/3lVe8sR To find out more about Dr. Amanda Ferguson, you can visit her website at www.dramandaferguson.com.au Or connect with her on Facebook or LinkedIn
Finding the right partner - Destiny or Design: A happily married couple join me to discuss what makes their relationship so successful, how they found each other and how they stay happy.
November 9, 2020 • 47 MIN
Dr. Amanda Ferguson chats with two of her oldest friends who are a great example of how to find the right partner and how to make a life-long relationship work. Tim and Jo have been married for over 20 years and have grown-up children. They share their secrets and tips in a deeply honest and insightful exploration of their journey so far and how they plan to keep being the right partner for each other for the rest of their lives. This is an inspiring, educational and practical interview for anyone wanting to find the right partner or finding themselves at any stage of a relationship. To find out more about Dr. Amanda Ferguson, you can visit her website at www.dramandaferguson.com.au Or connect with her on Facebook or LinkedIn
‘Music as medicine’ The healing powers of music for health and happiness with international composer Ken Davis
November 16, 2020 • 44 MIN
International composer Ken Davis has performed at the Sydney Opera House and is known as the first and most successful new age music composer, a major pioneer in ambient music and now creates music for relaxation and healing. In this episode we discuss how music and the mind body connection can help to heal us from trauma, anxiety and stress. As a world famous artist, Ken has collaborated with medical facilities and contributed to the design and ambience of the Healing Rooms at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, Australia. We discuss how music can be used as an effective therapy and outlet for emotions as well as having many physiological benefits. Ken demonstrates with one of his beautiful crystal bowls the power of this ancient vibrational music and its cognitive stimulus. To find out more about Ken Davis and his music, you can visit his website www.kendavismusic.com To find out more about Dr. Amanda Ferguson, you can visit her website at www.dramandaferguson.com.au Or connect with her on Facebook or LinkedIn
The era of uncertainty and how we can regain balance through adaptability and resilience
December 29, 2020 • 16 MIN
The year 2020 not only brought us the start of a new decade but also began the era of uncertainty. We faced many challenges and changes over the year including natural disasters, race riots, political unrest, economic downturns and the worldwide spread of Covid-19. As we enter 2021, many of these crises follow us into the new year and with them the unknown of what is to come. However, history and our own evolution shows us that as human beings, adaptability and resilience are in our nature and by restoring the balance in our lives and further developing these skills we can manage and even turn adversity into opportunity. In this episode, I discuss what is intolerance of uncertainty and provide some guidance on what we can do to manage the internal elements of our lives and protect our mental health as we navigate these uncertain times. To find out more about Dr. Amanda Ferguson, you can visit her website at www.dramandaferguson.com.au Or connect with her on Facebook or LinkedIn
'Addiction as Trauma's Shadow' Understanding and managing addiction with psychiatrist Dr. Bruce Lachter
January 12, 2021 • 72 MIN
In this episode, Dr. Amanda Ferguson takes a deep dive into understanding addiction and its connection to trauma with practicing psychiatrist of over 20 years, Dr. Bruce Lachter. Dr. Bruce explores this correlation and the similarities between the two as he explains that addiction is often the 'echo' of trauma and discusses the complicated issues surrounding addiction and its effects. Dr. Bruce shares his psychodynamic view of addiction as well as many resources to further our understanding including his recommended readings of: - V. S. Ramachandran: The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human - Iain Mcgilchrist: The Master and His Emissary - Edward J. Khantzian: Understanding Addiction as Self Medication - Matthew Walker: Why We Sleep - Mark Lewis: The Biology of Desire - Why Addiction Is Not a Disease - Gabor Mate: In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts To get in touch with Dr. Bruce Lachter you can contact him at his private practice on +61 2 8065 8377 And you can find his novel 'A Break in the Wall' on Amazon To find out more about Dr. Amanda Ferguson, you can visit her website at www.dramandaferguson.com.au Or connect with her on Facebook or LinkedIn
Work Burnout: Understanding the burnout beast
April 13, 2021 • 51 MIN
Since the pandemic of 2020, work burnout has become an increasingly prevalent issue, affecting employees and organisations across the globe. Our every day and work life are more intermingled than ever before and the effects on our mental health can be devastating. As a global expert in work engagement and having investigated the related construct of burnout, I share how to recognise the signs of burnout and what you can do to replenish your resources before it is too late. I also discuss the relationship and responsibilities between employers and employees in managing and preventing burnout. With so many people now working remotely or under increased pressure, it is more important now more than ever that we understand, face and tame the burnout beast. To find out more about Dr. Amanda Ferguson, you can visit her website at www.dramandaferguson.com.au Or connect with her on Facebook or LinkedIn
Behind the curtain: How the performing arts are connected to our psychology and why we need them
July 13, 2021 • 55 MIN
In this episode, Dr. Amanda is joined on the mic with old friend and casting director for the Ensemble Theatre, Merran Regan, as they discuss the link between performing arts and psychology. As the daughter of an artistic theatre director, Merran shares the history of the Ensemble Theatre in Sydney, Australia as well as life as a casting director and how Covid-19 has affected the performing arts industry. Together, Dr. Amanda and Merran look into the affinity between the worlds of psychology and theatre and their symbiotic relationship. Exploring how each borrow from one another and the power of roles both on and off the stage. Merran explains how actors draw on psychological elements for their performances and we in turn are affected by their performance, sometimes for a lifetime. The Ensemble Theatre has withstood the challenges of the coronavirus with the wonderful support of their patrons. With the highest standards of hygiene and safety in place, you can book tickets to their upcoming shows: AND ANOTHER THING… John Bell 15 Aug 2021 - 22 Aug 2021 ART Andrew Hansen + Craig Reucassel 17 Sep 2021 - 30 Oct 2021 THE CASTING COUCH Todd McKenny + Nancye Hayes 17 Oct 2021 - 25 Oct 2021 NEARER THE GODS David Williamson 05 Nov 2021 - 24 Dec 2021 Book tickets online now: www.ensemble.com.au Listen to Merran's 'In the Spotlight' radio Wednesdays at Northside Radio 4-7pm on FM 99.3 (Sydney only) or online at www.northsideradio.com.au To find out more about Dr. Amanda Ferguson, you can visit her website at www.dramandaferguson.com.au Or connect with her on Facebook or LinkedIn
The will to live: Suicide prevention + men's mental health with John Brogden
August 5, 2021 • 72 MIN
As a chairman of LifeLine Australia and president of Lifeline International, John Brogden shares his insight and own personal experiences with mental health and losing the will to live. Following a very public resignation from his high profile political career as the leader of the opposition in NSW, Australia, John experienced first hand the crippling despair of depression and attempted to take his own life. Now a voice for suicide prevention and men's mental health, John and Dr. Amanda discuss the rise in suicides in Australia, what signs to look for and how people, particularly older men, can fulfill their lives after their career years. To find a psychologist in your area visit www.psychology.org.au If you or someone you know is at risk of suicide, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 Mens Line on 1300 789 978 Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636 or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800 To find out more about Dr. Amanda Ferguson, you can visit her website at www.dramandaferguson.com.au Or connect with her on Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram
Overcoming sleep problems, finding your pathway to sleep and getting a better night's rest
October 2, 2021 • 25 MIN
Dr. Amanda has helped countless patients overcome their sleep problems and get a better night's rest. In this episode, Dr. Amanda looks at the science behind sleep, what can lead to sleep deprivation disorders and the recent development of 'covid-somnia', a term describing sleep issues relating to the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. Research shows our sleep is imperative to our physical and mental health and that a lack of sleep can cause serious and ongoing health issues. As our lives become more complicated, we need to be even more conscious in managing our mental health and our sleep. Dr. Amanda helps us to understand what we can do to calm and focus our minds, what to do if we find this particularly difficult or face other sleep challenges and how we can direct our minds to find our pathway to sleep. To find out more about Dr. Amanda Ferguson, you can visit her website at www.dramandaferguson.com.au Or connect with her on Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram
Money and your Mind: Being financially wise and psychologically resilient
December 8, 2021 • 53 MIN
Dr. Amanda is joined by Financial Therapist, Jane Monica-Jones to discuss people's mindset and behaviours with money. From financial sabotage to economic empowerment, Jane shares what our spending habits mean psychologically and how we can have a better relationship with money. Together, Dr. Amanda and Jane discuss just how important it is for our mental health to have an understanding of our finances and Jane offers her advice on what tools and resources are available when our financial position suddenly changes. You can find Jane's book and money mindset cards on her website, www.janemonicajones.com. To find out more about Dr. Amanda Ferguson, you can visit her website at www.dramandaferguson.com.au Or connect with her on Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn
Dealing with narcissists & other difficult people – identifying and navigating people with personality disorders in your life
March 22, 2022 • 51 MIN
Dr. Amanda explains what narcissism and other personality disorders are and why they can be very destructive to these people and others. Personality disorders are more than your average bad moods or habits and they are quite common. They are in our families, workplaces, and communities. Even though the difficult person you are dealing with may not be a murderer – or psychopath – disordered personalities can cause tremendous harm in all areas of our lives. They can disrupt our mental and financial health, our relationships, families, and careers. Because the risks they pose are real – like any risk in life, it's smarter to be aware and able to protect ourselves than not.
Post Pandemic fallouts facing children - the health, developmental & social problems children face since COVID-19
April 5, 2022 • 51 MIN
In this episode Dr. Amanda Ferguson and neuroscientist Professor Mark Williams discuss the health, developmental and social problems children are facing as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This fallout comes at a time in history when young people with the most well-developed social skills will be the successful adults of the future. Problems in social development, resilience, mental health, and increased suicide risk may be long lasting with the potential to set generations back. The ability for these unfortunate consequences of pandemic life to cause far reaching and long-term harm can be minimised if we take proactive steps with our children now - without delay.
Gaslighting: break free of coercive control in your work and personal life
April 19, 2022 • 7 MIN
In this episode of Psych for Life, Dr Amanda covers the essentials you need to know about gaslighting and how it can impact relationships. Gaslighting is a term many are familiar with, but often struggle to understand what it actually is and how to protect yourself from Gaslighters.
School Bullying - and why it can set up a path of life-long destruction if not resolved properly
May 3, 2022 • 43 MIN
In today's episode I speak with Evelyn M. Field, OAM a psychologist and international authority on treating school and workplace bullying. With over forty years experience, we discuss what bullying is, contributing factors, short and long term impacts and how to help students and adults develop social survival skills to manage school bullying. Discover how bullying can damage, not only the victim, but also the bully and onlookers. Fascinatingly, find out why knowing about bears teaches us about bullies!
Snowflake – or no flake? Are the young actually strong in declaring their sensitivity?
May 9, 2022 • 21 MIN
Snowflake or no flake? Are our youth actually strong in declaring their sensitivity? And are we being too harsh in our judgement of them? Is it really a case of these young people lacking resilience, as they have been hastily accused? Or are there more meaningful benefits for us all from this apparent sensitivity? This episode is an anthem to the younger generations! I discuss the impacts of the label Snowflake, the importance of soft skills to help people perform and why these skills are those that will be most needed into the future. Learn why the sensitivity these youth are being derided for is a major soft skill set we most need to protect and nurture, to enable a stronger world for us all.
Women and money – finding agency and empowerment with financial therapist, Jane Monica Jones
May 17, 2022 • 48 MIN
What impacts women's ability to do better with money? How do past traumas affect our future financial decisions? On this episode of Psych for Life, I welcome back Jane Monica Jones, a Financial Therapist, to dive deeper into how women move from disempowerment to empowerment and agency when it comes to their finances.
Job Crafting - embrace the new mindset
May 24, 2022 • 9 MIN
Job crafting is how we shape our jobs to align with our strengths, values, and interests. Scrutiny of job crafting began before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, but since then, it is now considered an essential workplace skill for those who want to stay engaged in their work, secure in employment and successful in their careers. But what is it exactly and why should you be onboard? Whether you're an employee or an employer, this episode will speak to you. It delves into the details of job crafting and why it's essential for workers to increase their sense of agency, adaptability, and engagement. Thriving organisations have job crafting and shaping built into their processes and their increased productivity and results speak for themselves. They foster learning and psychologically safe cultures, where workers feel safe and are encouraged to adapt and grow. So, if you want to stay ahead of the curve and set yourself up for career or organisational success, pop this episode on your playlist.
Blended families – problems, pitfalls and solutions, with clinical psychologist Nell Zandberg
May 31, 2022 • 39 MIN
In this fascinating chat, I sit down with my friend and peer, Nell Zandberg, to discuss the highly topical and often deeply fraught business of blending families. Most marriages in the western world end – so the likelihood of finding ourselves creating a blended family is high. There has been a rapid rise in this recently, with nuclear families seeming set to soon become uncommon. 40% of families in the U.S. are now blended. If you’re considering creating a blended family, avoid “The Brady Bunch” mentality and consequent emotional disasters and devastation. Discover the problems to watch out for, the pitfalls you can avoid and how to make sure you create the most successful new family system for every member’s benefit. A family you can be proud of. If you or your children are already in a blended family, obtain an understanding of where and why things may not be working as well as they can. Gain insights and tips on how you might correct the dynamics, mend, and heal rifts or power dynamics.
Friendships – the mystery, management and magic
June 6, 2022 • 23 MIN
Friendships are strange things. In other relationships the rules are pretty clear to most of us, but friendships can take so many forms and many of the rules are concealed – and are often bewildering. When we make a true friend it’s like a magic spell has been cast over us – we feel so lucky! But what do we do when this initial bubble bursts? What does the work of friendship involve? How can we best deal with the changes, hurdles, uncomfortable and painful times? In this episode I look at some of the problems with friendships. Shockingly – research has found – most friendships WON’T last. Most of us know the terrible devastation of losing a friendship – which can be more painful than losing a partner! And yet, some friendships DO last a lifetime – as have many of mine! I’ll tell you how, and why making new friends is part of keeping old friendships. Learn how to ride and manage the magic and mystery of friendships.
Teen mental health and the enduring power of parents, with Daisy Turnbull
June 14, 2022 • 52 MIN
In this wonderfully engaging yet highly insightful episode, I sit down with Daisy Turnbull, a secondary school teacher of 10 years, published author of two books, Lifeline counsellor and mother of two. We discuss her new book “50 Questions to Ask Your Teens”, the many facets of raising teens, and some of the most powerful processes parents can adopt during this part of their parenting journey.    Daisy emphasises that teens are a work in progress and develop predominantly through their lived experiences. She highlights how parents are usually learning many things – like setting and managing boundaries – at the same time as their teens. Plus the importance of parents and teens "starting great conversations".
Accessing anger for good - to create peace and empowerment
June 21, 2022 • 12 MIN
Anger often gets a bad rap and certainly – aggression should! However, anger is an important emotion and when used wisely – it's part of how we empower ourselves and others, achieve amazing things and stay mentally well. In the latest episode of Psych for Life I chat all things anger, so tune in to find out - - the 3 ways we communicate with anger and how to make anger work for us, not against us - how feelings provide us with critical information indicating something internally or externally needs attention - why anger needs to be used constructively and how getting a bit angry, before you get really angry is key A lot of things happening in the world lately are contributing to many of us feeling disempowered – resulting in increased anger and frustration, along with the downsides of these emotions – aggression and despair – these feelings can lead to mental health issues such as anxiety, stress and depression. So, if you're feeling this way, listen in to find out how to pay attention to your anger and other emotions and why you may just feel and function better for it.
From postnatal depression to mindful and thriving, with Chelsea Pottenger, Founder and Director at EQ Minds
June 28, 2022 • 25 MIN
I caught up with Chelsea Pottenger, an international wellbeing speaker, ambassador for mental health charities, and author of “The Mindful High Performer”. Chelsea suffered a life changing mental health crisis, suicidal ideation and was hospitalised for postnatal depression. Listen in to find out - - what is EQ and why it deserves more of our attention - why you want to future-proof your mindset and sharpen your performance with science-based tools - the importance of asking for support to prevent stress and overwhelm leading to serious mental health concerns
The power of personal goals to help us in volatile times
July 5, 2022 • 18 MIN
How does our increasingly volatile world impact our individual goal achievement – and why are our goals still so important? Dip into the fascinating history of work engagement, self-regulation, performance, goal setting and achievement. Learn more about the nature of volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) times, the discoveries made about performance and achievement for these times. Gain an understanding of the added complexity it brings. Become up-to-date about how you can navigate your way to achieving your personal goals.
Healthy Sleep - correcting disorders & re-discovering delights with Dr Moira Junge
July 11, 2022 • 42 MIN
Is it time to improve your sleep? In this episode I chat with Dr. Moira Junge, CEO of Sleep Health Foundation and Director of Australian Sleep and Alertness Consortium. As a psychologist specialising in sleeping difficulties, Moira's focus is on education, awareness and prevention. If you're keen to uplevel your sleep or simply get it back on track, listen in to find out: - is 8 hrs a night really a myth? And if so, how much sleep should you be getting - why quality over quantity and attending to individual needs is key - the importance of making sleep a health priority - how screens and devices have caused us to trade sleep for entertainment and why this sacrifice is bad for us - the impact of sleep disorders such as insomnia, sleep apnea and restless legs syndrome - simple, yet powerful strategies to improve the quality of your sleep...almost overnight So if recent stressors and the pandemic environment has disrupted your sleep routine and you're feeling the effects, listen in to prioritise restorative sleep methods that may have you feeling more rested than before.
Laugh yourself happier and healthier
July 19, 2022 • 21 MIN
As the saying goes, laughter really is the best medicine and in this episode of Psych for Life I delve into why laughter and humour are important to our health, happiness, learning and relationships. Staying physically and socially connected is critical for our resilience, however in recent years this has been severely restricted – and so too our opportunities to share a joke and a good laugh with friends. Laughter and humour can smooth the way back into normal life at work, play, friendships and home life. The research is clear, laughter is good for us, so listen in to find out - - the short and long term effects of laughter for our mental health - how laughter has a positive effect on our relationships - why laughter is good therapy If you're in need of a rapid endorphin boost with positive benefits for your mental and physical health, dive in to replenish your spirit - with tips to add more laughter to your life.
Dr. Michael Carr-Gregg discusses contemporary challenges in adolescent mental health & supporting teens
July 26, 2022 • 28 MIN
In this must listen episode, I chat with Dr. Michael Carr-Gregg, psychologist, author and parenting and adolescent specialist, about the impact on adolescent mental health post pandemic and how we can best support teens to not only survive, but thrive. Listen in to hear - - why teen mental health needs to be prioritised now more than ever - the one conversation you should have on high rotation with your teens to remain connected - the importance of "mental health first aid" If you're in need of insightful tips and resources on how to best support your teens from one of Australia's most well-respected psychologists, this episode is for you.
Mindset – change your thoughts, to enhance your life
August 1, 2022 • 11 MIN
Mindset is our most powerful psychological tool, as the way we think causes the way we feel and behave. With the uncertainty and turbulence of the last few years, we have been forced to become more conscious of how to help ourselves not only survive, but thrive. With the term mindset becoming more and more popular, this episode dives into: - What is mindset - Does our mindset impact our goal achievement and if so, how - Three types of mindsets and how they influence our behaviour - The questions to ask yourself to work out your mindset orientation and tips to improve it So if you're keen to explore mindset and how you can get yours working for you, tune in.
The future of work, with PwC Workforce Transformation specialist, Caitlin Guilfoyle
August 9, 2022 • 42 MIN
Have you considered the future of work? In this episode I chat with Caitlin Guilfoyle, a Workforce Transformation specialist and leader within PwC's Future of Work practice. Caitlin develops the firm's point of view in market and supports clients across all industries, to help them prepare for their future of work, now. So if you're keen to stay a step ahead of the ever-changing workforce landscape, listen in to find out: - global trends currently affecting Australian organisations - what organisations need to consider and change to enhance organisational outcomes - how to create and nurture employee engagement - the importance of meaningful connection in the hybrid workspace - how to react and thrive - both as organisations and employees - in uncertain environments So if the ongoing changes and seemingly endless uncertainty in the work landscape has you questioning your next move, listen to find out how to make yourself indispensable, or your organisation a highly desirable workplace for potential and existing employees. You can find Caitlin: LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/caitlin-guilfoyle-88034235/ Caitlin is a Workforce Transformation specialist with over 15 years’ experience in Australia and overseas in roles within public and private enterprise. A leader within PwC’s Future of Work practice, Caitlin develops the firm's point of view in market and supports clients across all industries, to help them prepare for their future of work, now. Caitlin holds an MBA and is a Certified Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI).
Loss and Grief – what to expect and how to navigate these life stages
August 15, 2022 • 13 MIN
Loss and grief are universal experiences we all share. A child’s brain isn’t able to fully comprehend and process major loss, but from teen years onwards we must learn to deal with and manage loss as an important part of life. The western world traditionally shunned talking about these darker sides of life – but with the pandemic and lock downs - loss and grief came to the forefront of all our lives, in ways beyond our control – with the loss of freedom and way of life we took for granted, safety in health, opportunities , loss of celebrating life’s miles stones in traditional ways. Tune in to this ep for a greater understanding of loss and grief and how we might best manage it.
Trusting others is really about trusting ourselves – but how can you?
August 23, 2022 • 10 MIN
Trusting others is really about trusting ourselves – but how can you? We have all experienced being hurt, let down, betrayed or rejected. Whether by family, friends, a partner or in the workplace. However, have you found yourself stuck in distrust? A lack of trust? Not knowing how to trust again? Tune in to this quick, power ep to explore trust: - How we develop it and what to do when it's lost - The signs to look for when someone is untrustworthy - The importance of making your self relationship the priority to ensure the best outcome in all other relationships.
The drive to help - how a teen classmate’s suicide led psychologist & former MP, Dr Fiona Martin to advocate for mental health and suicide prevention
August 30, 2022 • 30 MIN
On today's episode of Psych for Life, I welcome back Dr Fiona Martin, an experienced psychologist of over 20 years, educator, CEO and clinical director who then entered the Australian Federal Parliament, initiating our first ever Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Committee and producing a guide for Australia for years to come. Listen in to be inspired by this down to earth chat and learn - - How Dr Martin's experience as a teen led her onto the path of advocating for mental health - The importance of mental health awareness and suicide prevention for us all - Why Dr Martin crossed the floor in Federal Parliament to support LGBQI+ teens Plus so much more. Links - FSHD Muscular Dsytrophy - https://fshdglobal.org
The emergence of the authentic self: who are you, really?
September 12, 2022 • 12 MIN
Have you ever wondered about your authentic self - who are you, really and how does this self develop? Dive in to this quick, power ep to explore: - How our experience as a baby and child influences our development - The different attachment styles and their impact on our ways of relating - What is our adaptive self? - The stages of development and the significance of Steiner's model of the 7 year cycle - Why age 28 is a milestone year If you've ever been curious about your authentic self - tune in now.
Menopause brain – what happens and why kindness and connecting helps with Dr Nicola Gates
September 20, 2022 • 30 MIN
In this episode, I chat with Dr. Nicola Gates, Clinical Neuropsychologist and Author of The Feel Good Guide to Menopause. We discuss menopause brain - what happens and why kindness and connecting helps. Listen in to hear - - How women's hormones change and signal the bookend to puberty - The difference between the brain and mind, plus how brain fog and menopause brain are linked - Why it's important to break the taboo of menopause and focus on self compassion, reassurance, connection and kindness during this time of both identity and physical change - Tips to help women flourish through this change - If men experience a similar transition to menopause This must listen episode for women reinforces the importance of demystifying the menopause rollercoaster to enable them to take the discomforts with the joys and richness of being women. Links: Author of The Feel Good Guide to Menopause - purchase here - http://brainandmindpsychology.com/author/ http://brainandmindpsychology.com
Switching off and recharging in our fast-paced world
September 26, 2022 • 6 MIN
In today's fast-paced world, busy is has become the norm for most of us. Work, family, friends, and those relentlessly demanding and distracting screens - you can be forgiven for not finding time to switch off. However, with stress a risk factor for all of us, switching off is exactly what we need to make sure we are doing. So tune into this short, power ep for essential tips on how to switch off and hit recharge. Often a timely reminder is all we need to reset and get back on track.
Big goals and the power of self-awareness, with motivational speaker and podcaster, Craig Harper
October 3, 2022 • 39 MIN
In this episode, I chat with motivational speaker, author, researcher and podcaster, Craig Harper. We discuss audacious goals, self awareness, motivation and so much more. Listen in to hear - - What big hairy audacious goals (BHAG) are and why we might pursue them - Why we are our own biggest projects and the challenge is not to be right, it's to learn to be the best you can be, learning along the way - How the things we do on the days we really don't want to, can impact us most -Why fear of failure AND fear of success contribute to our self sabotaging behaviours This power packed episode offers lots of insight into how we can work towards our goals and improve our relationships by increasing our self awareness. Links: https://www.craigharper.net The You Project Podcast Instagram: @whiteboardlessons
Making decisions and how to deal with fear of regrets
October 11, 2022 • 6 MIN
Life is full of opportunities where we need to make decisions, but how do we make the best ones and deal with the fear of regrets?  In this short impactful episode, I share a decision making model you can apply to all areas of your life, to help make decisions easier and with clarity, using a 360 model considering all angles. Plus how we can't avoid regrets, only minimise them and why you should wait for the right decision to become obvious before diving in. So to optimise your decision making skills, jump straight in for this super useful episode.
Mentoring men and giving back with founder, Ian Westmoreland
October 18, 2022 • 29 MIN
In this episode, I chat with the founder of Mentoring Men, Ian Westmoreland. We discuss how he came to start Mentoring Men and his latest passion, plus much more. Listen in to hear - - about the Mentoring Men mission to support men so no man walks alone - the power of walking side by side -Why fear and shame can prevent men from reaching out for support - What is Kintsugi and how adversity can make us more valuable This episode is essential listening for both men looking for additional support and anyone who wants to better support the men in their lives. LINKS: Mentoring Men is a registered Australian charity providing free long-term one-to-one life mentoring for men who are going through some challenges or changes in their life. We focus on a proactive approach, engaging with men who need help before they spiral into crisis. Sometimes just having someone listen, without judgement or agenda, can be the difference between life and death. Our volunteer Mentors provide vital support for men which in turn creates stronger, healthier families and communities. Why only MEN? In short, men represent 75% of all suicides in Australia and yet most suicide prevention support services are more effective at reaching women not men. Mentoring Men provides a support that is accessible to every man in Australia. So let’s support men in their life journey. Mentoring Men - https://mentoringmen.org.au 1300 583 925 Contact Mentoring Men if you are interested in support from a mentor, or if you would like to volunteer to become a mentor. Ian can also be contacted via Mentoring Men in relation to his latest project.
Turning the tables - when family needs to matter less in our lives
October 25, 2022 • 5 MIN
Many of us dream of having the perfect family, but often family relationships are not the close, loving ones we hoped for. So how as adults can we turn the tables on these sometimes toxic relationships to accept them as they are and put some boundaries in place? Tune in to this short, power ep for an effective way that may help reframe and resolve tensions for yourself in family relationships. Links: Spiritual Family: What to do when you have no biological family you can rely on or realise you need parenting support as an adult - Psych for Life Podcast Ep Exercise from my book, LifeWorks: consider the below questions to help you with the tricky relationships - 1. Would you want to swap phone numbers with these people? 2. Would you have much in common? 3. Would you want to be friends? These are a reality check that shows us their personalities more clearly.
Recovering from big burnout through small steps, with Sophie Scott, multi award winning medical journalist
November 1, 2022 • 35 MIN
In this episode, I chat with Sophie Scott - award-winning journalist, broadcaster, author, and Adjunct Associate Professor, Sophie Scott’s mission is to inspire and enhance the health and happiness of everyone she meets.  Listen in to hear - - Sophie's journey to recovery from burnout- How doubting your own ability can be an indicator of burnout- Why burnout is not just a workplace issue- The need to have strong boundaries and actively work to minimise "flight or fight" mode- Tips to help recognise and recover from burnout This must listen episode  offers insight and wisdom for all who are experiencing burnout or have done previously. Links: You can find Sophie and the resources discussed in this episode -   Website https://www.sophiescott.com.au Instagram @sophiescott2 Books on happiness and health: Live a Longer Life and Road testing Happiness  Meditations  mentioned on the podcast are:   Self healing for anxiety  Nervous system meditation   Burnout course
Guilt, shame, remorse, regret, embarrassment & jealousy – our moral emotions, and how to manage them
November 8, 2022 • 19 MIN
Are you sometimes annoyed or even plagued by these types of feelings? Our moral emotions are good because they show we have morals, values and integrity - however, at times they can become annoying and difficult to manage. So in this episode I discuss: - the science behind our moral feelings - why these feelings arise and how our past experience, especially as children, can shape them - tips to manage these feelings, especially when they feel problematic
Is grey area drinking catching up with you? With coach & speaker Sarah Rusbatch
November 15, 2022 • 24 MIN
In this episode, I chat with Sarah Rusbatch, a certified Women's Health and Wellbeing Coach, accredited Grey Area Drinking Coach and Key-Note speaker sharing her journey to Sobriety and impact of alcohol on mental health to global audiences. She is also the face behind Perth’s growing Alcohol-Free Movement. Listen in to hear - - What is grey area drinking? - Why being surrounded by grey area drinkers may increase risk - How the women "can have and do it all" mentality is impacting drinking - Why people are becoming sober curious - Plus Busting alcohol myths and limiting beliefs related to drinking This must listen episode offers insight and wisdom for anyone questioning their relationship with alcohol and to obtain support if needed. Links: You can find Sarah and the resources discussed in this episode - Website: www.sarahrusbatch.com Instagram: @sarahrusbatch Sarah's next challenge starts in January 2023 - sign up here
Dreams, lucid and how we will soon be able to record our dreams as movies, with scientist Daniel Oldis, MA.
November 22, 2022 • 39 MIN
Do you know why we dream? Why some say they don’t dream? And have you ever wondered what lucid dreaming is? What about all the advances in technology of recorded dreaming? Hear Daniel’s fascinating knowledge and deeply experienced, insightful - and thought-provoking - opinions about the various scientific theories and findings on dreams. Although Daniel is a hard scientist, many of the scientific findings are extraordinary – particularly about lucid dreaming and shared dreaming between two people. Hear about his research into dream speech recognition, Motor Behavior Reconstruction, recorded dream visual imagery using MRI and his project of animating a nocturnal dream from a sleep-lab, [using electromyography] – where an avatar says and does what the dreamer said and did. Daniel calls this a dream movie and says we already have the technology and will soon be able to record our dreams and view someone else's. He says this may help therapists in dream analysis, particularly with PTSD, but there are also pitfalls to be considered. Daniel calls this “inner space exploration” that’s been occurring while we have also been exploring outer space - both very much since the 1960s.
How the mind and body hold and heal stress and pain, with chiropractor, Dr Greg Schreeuwer
November 30, 2022 • 36 MIN
In this episode, I chat with Dr. Greg Schreeuwer on the mind-body link and healing. Dr Greg is a chiropractor, kinesiologist & coach specialising in helping people overcome mental and physical overwhelm that is stopping them from finding balance, creating long-lasting health and living a full and purposeful life. He helps  people overcome the obstacles, limitations and challenges keeping them from accomplishing their goals and dreams. Listen in to hear - - How Greg turned his experience of bullying into a major life discovery and healing process, which now enables him to help others.   - What is the balance of opposites and why it is important for optimal health - How the value of self care, self ownership & self empowerment can lead to better health outcomes. - The impact of covid on driving individual's desire for positive change - Why blame leads to suffering and gratitude leads to blessings - Tips for reducing mental & physical overwhelm   If you're interested in how to create balance in the mind to create balance in the body and in life, this episode is a must listen. Links: You can find Dr. Greg and the resources discussed in this episode - Website: www.gregschreeuwer.com Instagram: @drgregschreeuwer
Why how we work is so topical, with organisational psychologist, Dr. Amantha Imber
December 7, 2022 • 20 MIN
In this episode, I chat with organisational psychologist and founder of science consultancy Inventium, Dr Amantha Imber. Amantha is also the co-creator of the Australian Financial Review’s Most Innovative Companies list and the AFR BOSS Best Places to Work list. Amantha is also host of the number one ranking business podcast How I Work, which has had over 4 million downloads. Listen in to hear - - Why how we work is more important than ever - the benefits of the 4 day work week and how organisations are transitioning - The impacts of digital distractions on worker habits - What is focus fitness and how we can improve our work efficiency - The drive behind the success of Amantha's podcast How I Work This episode offers thought provoking insights for employers and employees alike when it comes to navigating the current work culture and how we might operate at our best. You can find Amantha: https://www.inventium.com.au How I Work Podcast
Menopause & alcohol – a slippery slope and why self compassion works
December 15, 2022 • 25 MIN
In this episode, I welcome back Sarah Rusbatch, a certified Women's Health and Wellbeing Coach, accredited Grey Area Drinking Coach and Key-Note speaker sharing her journey to Sobriety and impact of alcohol on mental health to global audiences. She is also the face behind Perth’s growing Alcohol-Free Movement. Listen in to hear - - the impact of perimenopause and menopause on women and their drinking behaviour - Why hormone fluctuations due to menopause influence mood and the need for better education and awareness around these changes for women - How the pressure on women to do it all, along with our alcohol centric society add additional stress that can result in increased drinking - Why women need to feel empowered during these changes and how to achieve this with self compassion - Why reducing alcohol dependency requires good support With the festive season upon us, there's no better time to check in with yourself and your drinking habits and to obtain support if you feel positive changes need to be made. Links: You can find Sarah and the resources discussed in this episode - Website: www.sarahrusbatch.com Instagram: @sarahrusbatch Sarah's next 30 day challenge starts in early January - sign up at Sarah's website.
The dangers of how the internet is changing us and how to take back control, with cognitive neuroscientist, Professor Mark Williams
December 20, 2022 • 38 MIN
In this episode, I welcome back cognitive neuroscientist, Professor Mark Williams. Prof Williams shows many of the paradoxes the internet presents us. Many of the very things it purports to give us, are the very things it is robbing us of. The internet is stealing our attention, and yet attention is known to be the most important skill we will need for the future. We actually have increasingly less access to information. The so-called social media is dividing us physically and socially, escalating discrimination and violence. Most frighteningly, our IQ is dropping for the first time in history and worse, children’s brains are at grave risk. You may think you’re better off not making the effort to go into the office or out with friends, but research/ prof Williams and Dr Amanda explain why physical connections are extremely important for our health, wellbeing and employability. Tune into this thought provoking episode as we navigate the impacts of the internet on our lives. Links: You can find Professor Williams and information on his programs, speaking and upcoming book at: https://www.drmarkwilliams.com If you enjoy listening to this podcast, please rate, review and subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you're listening now. Is there a pressing issue or topic you'd like me to discuss? Head to my instagram @dramandaferguson and send me a DM! I love hearing from my listeners.
Endings and beginnings and the turn of the year
January 3, 2023 • 12 MIN
Endings and beginnings are an intrinsic part of life, of course. But how much instruction do we really receive on how to deal with them?   In this short, impactful episode, I share helpful perspectives on endings and beginnings, strategies for dealing with times of major change, why the break between an ending and a beginning is critical and ways to reflect and re-set your life at the turn of the year So as we enter a new year – or whenever you're entering a new chapter in your life – this episode offers tips that may help you through. If you enjoy listening to this podcast, please rate, review and subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you're listening now. Is there a pressing issue or topic you'd like me to discuss? Head to my instagram @dramandaferguson and send me a DM! I love hearing from my listeners.
Summer Series 1: Overcoming sleep problems, finding your pathway to sleep and getting a better night's rest
January 10, 2023 • 25 MIN
During January, I’ll be sharing my Summer Series - a replay of some of our most popular Psych for Life podcast episodes. I hope you enjoy them as much as my other listeners have. Dr. Amanda has helped countless patients overcome their sleep problems and get a better night's rest. In this episode, Dr. Amanda looks at the science behind sleep, what can lead to sleep deprivation disorders and the recent development of 'covid-somnia', a term describing sleep issues relating to the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. Research shows our sleep is imperative to our physical and mental health and that a lack of sleep can cause serious and ongoing health issues. As our lives become more complicated, we need to be even more conscious in managing our mental health and our sleep. Dr. Amanda helps us to understand what we can do to calm and focus our minds, what to do if we find this particularly difficult or face other sleep challenges and how we can direct our minds to find our pathway to sleep. To find out more about Dr. Amanda Ferguson, you can visit her website at www.dramandaferguson.com.au Or connect with her on Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram If you have been enjoying the podcast, I'd be so grateful if you hit subscribe and / or added a review. This helps other people find and benefit from the content too. If you enjoy listening to this podcast, please rate, review and subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you're listening now. Is there a pressing issue or topic you'd like me to discuss? Head to my instagram @dramandaferguson and send me a DM! I love hearing from my listeners.
Summer Series 2: Inner child work: How our younger ages & stages still live within us & accessing these parts can make us happier & healthier
January 17, 2023 • 25 MIN
During January, I’ll be sharing my Summer Series - a replay of some of our most popular Psych for Life podcast episodes. I hope you enjoy them as much as my other listeners have. Dr. Amanda Ferguson discusses the fascinating world of inner child work and how working with our inner child can help us to heal parts that carry trauma from childhood - trauma caused by abuse, neglect, abandonment and rejection. Dr. Amanda explains how through inner child work we can build neural pathways within ourselves, creating a stronger sense of authentic self and how relating to and working with these younger parts makes us happier and healthier. She shares how through this happy inner child we are more likely to connect better, find the right kind of work and partner, make better life decisions, have fun, function better, and be better partners, workers, friends and parents. Dr Amanda says: "It's never too late to have a happy childhood - but we must have this in order to heal and be happy". You can listen to Dr. Amanda's 'Inner Child and Recovery' meditation track on Spotify here: http://spoti.fi/2NvY3hm To find out more about Dr. Amanda Ferguson, you can visit her website at www.dramandaferguson.com.au Or connect with her on Facebook or LinkedIn If you enjoy listening to this podcast, please rate, review and subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you're listening now. Is there a pressing issue or topic you'd like me to discuss? Head to my instagram @dramandaferguson and send me a DM! I love hearing from my listeners.
Summer Series 3: The will to live: Suicide prevention + men's mental health with John Brogden
January 24, 2023 • 73 MIN
During January, I’ll be sharing my Summer Series - a replay of some of our most popular Psych for Life podcast episodes. I hope you enjoy them as much as my other listeners have. As a chairman of LifeLine Australia and president of Lifeline International, John Brogden shares his insight and own personal experiences with mental health and losing the will to live. Following a very public resignation from his high profile political career as the leader of the opposition in NSW, Australia, John experienced first hand the crippling despair of depression and attempted to take his own life. Now a voice for suicide prevention and men's mental health, John and Dr. Amanda discuss the rise in suicides in Australia, what signs to look for and how people, particularly older men, can fulfill their lives after their career years. To find a psychologist in your area visit www.psychology.org.au If you or someone you know is at risk of suicide, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 Mens Line on 1300 789 978 Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636 or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800 To find out more about Dr. Amanda Ferguson, you can visit her website at www.dramandaferguson.com.au Or connect with her on Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram If you enjoy listening to this podcast, please rate, review and subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you're listening now. Is there a pressing issue or topic you'd like me to discuss? Head to my instagram @dramandaferguson and send me a DM! I love hearing from my listeners.
Summer Series 4: Meditation & hypnosis as performance enhancers - How they help our health & increase performance outcomes in our lives
January 31, 2023 • 37 MIN
During January, I’ll be sharing my Summer Series - a replay of some of our most popular Psych for Life podcast episodes. I hope you enjoy them as much as my other listeners have. Dr. Amanda Ferguson explains what meditation entails, how to achieve alpha state - in passive and active ways - and why meditation is so beneficial. Meditation builds what Dr. Amanda calls 'the critical link' within us - neural pathways that make us more connected within ourselves. Meditation has been shown to provide health benefits such as reduced blood pressure. She also shows how 'hypnosis is the new meditation' - that is, how through hypnosis we can obtain the same benefits as well as further benefits from the therapeutic approach. You can listen to Dr. Amanda's Relaxation and Meditation CD on Spotify here: https://spoti.fi/3lVe8sR To find out more about Dr. Amanda Ferguson, you can visit her website at www.dramandaferguson.com.au Or connect with her on Facebook or LinkedIn If you enjoy listening to this podcast, please rate, review and subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you're listening now. Is there a pressing issue or topic you'd like me to discuss? Head to my instagram @dramandaferguson and send me a DM! I love hearing from my listeners.
Summer Series 5: Money and your Mind - Being financially wise and psychologically resilient
February 7, 2023 • 54 MIN
I'm sharing the last of my Summer Series - a replay of some of our most popular Psych for Life podcast episodes. I hope you enjoy them as much as my other listeners have. Dr. Amanda is joined by Financial Therapist, Jane Monica-Jones to discuss people's mindset and behaviours with money. From financial sabotage to economic empowerment, Jane shares what our spending habits mean psychologically and how we can have a better relationship with money. Together, Dr. Amanda and Jane discuss just how important it is for our mental health to have an understanding of our finances and Jane offers her advice on what tools and resources are available when our financial position suddenly changes. You can find Jane's book and money mindset cards on her website, www.janemonicajones.com. To find out more about Dr. Amanda Ferguson, you can visit her website at www.dramandaferguson.com.au Or connect with her on Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn If you enjoy listening to this podcast, please rate, review and subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you're listening now. Is there a pressing issue or topic you'd like me to discuss? Head to my instagram @dramandaferguson and send me a DM! I love hearing from my listeners.
The important role of fathers and father figures with “The Fathering Project’s” CEO, Káti Gapaillard
February 14, 2023 • 18 MIN
In this episode, I chat with with The Fathering Project’s CEO, Káti Gapaillard on the important role of fathers and father figures. The Fathering Project is an evidence-based organisation that aims to promote positive fathering behaviours and fathers’ engagement with their infants, preschool, primary school and adolescent-aged children. Listen in to hear - - What is the Fathering Project? - Why having an engaged father or father figure has protective mental health benefits - The importance of supporting fathers to be present and positive role models - How it's possible to break the cycle of father's fathering well despite their own experience of absent fathers, to break the cycle of disadvantage With absent, disengaged, ill-equipped or busy fathers a significant social issue damaging the lives of Australian children and young people, this is a must listen episode. It offers insight and wisdom for any males taking an active role in a child or adolescent's life and the necessary awareness needed to have a positive impact. Links: You can find Kati and the resources discussed in this episode - Website: www.thefatheringproject.org Podcast: Fathering First Podcast If you enjoy listening to this podcast, please rate, review and subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you're listening now. Is there a pressing issue or topic you'd like me to discuss? Head to my instagram @dramandaferguson and send me a DM! I love hearing from my listeners.
Teen Sleep, and why it matters, with clinical psychologist Sally-Anne McCormack
February 22, 2023 • 32 MIN
In this episode, I chat with clinical psychologist, Sally-Anne McCormack. Sally-Anne is the author of two books - "Stomp Out The ANTs - Automatic Negative Thoughts" and "Living With ANTs", is the mother of 4 children and runs a psychology practice in Melbourne, Australia with a particular interest in child and adolescent mental health. Listen in to hear - - how to understand the sleep cycle and the ways it impacts teens - what is the wave of sleep - the importance of not training the brain the wrong way to sleep & rules for better sleep - what is good sleep hygiene - the importance of navigating boundaries around sleep and devices with teens This episode offers insight and practical considerations for parents and caregivers of teens for how to best manage good sleep hygiene to assist with their wellbeing. Links: You can find Sally and the resources discussed in this episode - Website: https://www.sally-annemccormack.com.au www.antsa.com.au If you enjoy listening to this podcast, please rate, review and subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you're listening now. Is there a pressing issue or topic you'd like me to discuss? Head to my instagram @dramandaferguson and send me a DM! I love hearing from my listeners.
Human attraction + the dark side of chemistry
March 1, 2023 • 19 MIN
We all love chemistry – right? It’s a spark, a buzz, it's exciting and makes you feel alive! But… just as chemistry is a spontaneous, magical and unpredictable experience – it is far from simple. And actually has a dark side. So this podcast explores human attraction and the dark side of chemistry. Dive in to hear - - What’s behind the mysterious chemistry of human attraction - Why some chemistry is dark and even known as fatal attraction in science – and how to manage this dark side - What is sapiosexuality and how does it impact our choice of partner - Why connection and relationship are two different things - How to get the best out of dating apps - Why it’s important to find the right chemistry and how to reignite and revitalise this with your partner So if you are even a little bit curious to understand the workings of attraction and potentially stay away from any fatal attractions, pop this episode on. If you enjoy listening to this podcast, please rate, review and subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you're listening now. Is there a pressing issue or topic you'd like me to discuss? Head to my instagram @dramandaferguson and send me a DM! I love hearing from my listeners.
Procrastination – how to be a friend, not a foe, to yourself
March 10, 2023 • 12 MIN
Procrastination...we are all guilty of it at some point. It is usually very frustrating and for some, can be extremely debilitating. When struggling with procrastination, people usually think they need to be harsher with themselves. They try to force or push themselves, get angry with themselves and end up going around in circles : from telling themselves a lot of "should’s" - to doing nothing. So in this episode I discuss - - What underlies and causes procrastination - How to work with yourself vs against yourself - Strategies to be better at getting things done and feeling good about yourself So if you have a tendency to leave things until the last minute, constantly distract yourself, or make excuses to not do something until you can no longer delay it...this episode is for you! If you enjoy listening to this podcast, please rate, review and subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you're listening now. Is there a pressing issue or topic you'd like me to discuss? Head to my instagram @dramandaferguson and send me a DM! I love hearing from my listeners.
Work from home – creating balance and staying sane
March 15, 2023 • 21 MIN
Working from home or other remote places can bring so many benefits – flexibility, less time and money lost in commuting, and potentially better work-life balance. However, what about the challenges, negatives – and even deficits this creates in our lives? Whilst we may be more connected than ever via tech, we are less connected socially than ever. As fundamentally social beings - most of the structure of our brains is dedicated to socialising – we need it for our survival, health and longevity. So this podcast dives into all things work-life-home balance. You'll discover - - The ways we work best - How to identify potential problems of working from home or remotely - Ways to create and maintain healthy balance - work, life and home So if working from home has left you feeling less like you're thriving and more like you're just surviving...pop this episode on for some tips to reset and realign. If you enjoy listening to this podcast, please rate, review and subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you're listening now. Is there a pressing issue or topic you'd like me to discuss? Head to my instagram @dramandaferguson and send me a DM! I love hearing from my listeners.
Positivity - Improving your performance, while staying happy and well, with clinical and coaching psychologist Dr Suzy Green
March 22, 2023 • 31 MIN
In this episode, I chat with Dr Suzy Green – who is a Clinical and Coaching Psychologist and Founder & CEO of The Positivity Institute, a Sydney-based organisation dedicated to the research and application of the science of optimal human functioning. Suzy is a leader in the complementary fields of Coaching Psychology and Positive Psychology. Listen in to hear - - What is positivity and why it's so important - The Positive Psychology theories of Flow and Learned Optimism and how they impact elevated wellbeing - Why we need to balance achievement and wellbeing without allowing one at the detriment of the other - The need for employers to embrace positivity in the workplace to be attractive organisations to employees looking for more meaningful work If you'd like to dive deeper into what positivity is all about, this episode is for you. Links: The Positivity Institute The Positivity Prescription Book Dr Suzy Green - Instagram If you enjoy listening to this podcast, please rate, review and subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you're listening now. Is there a pressing issue or topic you'd like me to discuss? Head to my instagram @dramandaferguson and send me a DM! I love hearing from my listeners.
Why failure is necessary for success - and how to deal with it
March 31, 2023 • 11 MIN
If we are to undertake anything in life – personally or professionally – we will always inevitably encounter failure. If we don’t undertake anything – we are also failing – failing to live, grow and learn. Failing to be happy and fulfilled. So the reality is, we actually can’t avoid failure. In fact - we only get to choose which way to fail – by attempting and doing things - or by not attempting and not doing things.  As such, it's important that we learn how to handle failures and learn from them. In this podcast you’ll learn: - Why failure is necessary if we are to succeed - How a learning or growth mindset helps us with failure - Why failure can help us to heal and grow from childhood issues
Death, Grief & Starting Again with author, Diana Morgan AM
April 5, 2023 • 27 MIN
In this episode, I chat with Diana Morgan, AM - one of our most respected and highly contributing senior stateswomen, living in Melbourne, Australia. Diana is an author of several books, with a long interest and service to the arts. Diana suffered the loss of a loving husband many years ago to cancer and then - 10 years later – the unexpected deaths of two of her four adult children – in separate and unrelated situations. As a result, Diana set out to write the book she felt she needed at the time, that would have helped her. The book - “Death, Grief & Starting Again: Preparing for and dealing with the aftermath of death” - is an essential guide passing on the facts, feelings and possible solutions for this difficult time in our life. Listen in for our gentle conversation about caring, dying, death and grief and dealing with the bureaucratic aftermath as a surviving relative. Links: Diana's book is an essential guide for everyone - available at Amazon - Death, Grief & Starting Again: Preparing for and dealing with the aftermath of death
Healing emotional pain - how our understanding is the key
April 12, 2023 • 10 MIN
We can all remember a time when a person or situation hurt us. The emotional pain we feel is in proportion to a lack of understanding – this means when we’re plunged into pain we are typically in shock, confused and have a lot to think through and to comprehend. As we do this, the pain subsides. However, if we get stuck in pain, it's usually because we can’t understand or accept what’s happened to us. So in this podcast episode I discuss: Why understanding lifts our pain Different experiences of pain, understanding and recovery in our workplace and personal life Tips on how to deal with and resolve pain
Feminism, coercive control and ageism – standing up to discrimination and injustice, with Jane Caro, feminist social commentator
April 19, 2023 • 46 MIN
In this episode, I chat with Jane Caro, a feminist social commentator, writer and lecturer based in Australia. Jane is a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), Walkley award winner, and author of bestseller 'The Mother', a domestic thriller. Listen in to hear our lively and wide ranging chat on: Gender inequality and its impact on society today Coercive control in relationships and what to look out for Ageism and its effects Links: You can find Jane via - Website: Claxton Speakers Novel: The Mother If you enjoy listening to this podcast, please rate, review and subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you're listening now.
Don't just fill the space
April 26, 2023 • 11 MIN
The world seems to be speeding up in time and keeping us busy and distracted. Increasingly, people are suffering from stress and overwhelm as a result. Many of us need to retrain ourselves to stop when we can – and resist filling every space or time in the day and night with activity. So in this podcast you’ll learn: - The importance of not automatically filling space - How being in charge of our own attention is critical to our health, productivity and success - Why moments of peace elicit our own wisdom, epiphanies and creativity If you enjoy listening to this podcast, please rate, review and subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you're listening now.
What to look for in a psychologist + key tips on being a good one, with Clinical Psychologists, Kaye Frankcom & Dr. Aaron Frost
May 2, 2023 • 48 MIN
In this episode, I chat with Clinical Psychologists, Kaye Frankcom and Dr, Aaron Frost about how to find a good psychologist and how to be one. Their recently released book, Creating Impact:the four pillars of private psychology practice, is a comprehensive guide to building the psychology practice of your dreams in a complex, volatile and uncertain future.Kaye is a Clinical and Counselling Psychologist in Melbourne. She has supervised and mentored hundreds of psychologists over 30 years of practice. Aaron is a Clinical Psychologist in Brisbane. He’s also a supervisor who’s trained over 500 psychologists nationally through professional and peer supervision. Listen in to learn: How to choose the right psychologist, if you are looking for one to help work through challenges in your life What a good therapeutic process is like and how you can identify this Why the therapeutic relationship should be collaborative and how to know if your psychologist is a good fit Keys things to know if you’re a psychologist in private practice Links: You can find this episode's guests below via - Kaye Frankcom Dr. Aaron Frost - Benchmark Psychology Book: Creating Impact: the four pillars of private psychology practice If you enjoy listening to this podcast, please rate, review and subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you're listening now.
Perfectionism - make sure it works for you and not against you
May 10, 2023 • 12 MIN
Think back to a time you strived for the perfect result - maybe in an assignment, exam or work project – did you achieve perfection or was close enough good enough? How did it make you feel? Whilst a little perfectionism can be healthy and help us strive to go the extra mile, too much can have the opposite effect, resulting in imbalance and sometimes unhealthy or unsustainable behaviours. So in this podcast I'm exploring all things perfectionism. You’ll learn: What perfectionism really is Why it can be a problem How to manage perfectionistic tendencies If you enjoy listening to this podcast, please rate, review and subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you're listening now. Is there a pressing issue or topic you'd like me to discuss? Head to my instagram @dramandafergusonand send me a DM! I love hearing from my listeners.
Why being in nature is our fastest healer and brings us awe! With psychotherapists, Christie Little & Rob Engels
May 18, 2023 • 34 MIN
In this episode, I chat with holistic psychotherapist, Christie Little and somatic psychotherapist, Rob Engels, about the power of nature in healing. More than ever in our fast paced society, we have become disconnected from nature, oftentimes prioritising the convenience and speed of connection via technology over time spent outdoors. So dive in to hear our thought provoking discussion on: - How impactful nature can be in its power for healing and transformation - The importance of empowering humans away from technology and back to reconnecting - Why time in nature can reduce feelings of loneliness and improve mood Links: You can find this episode's guests below via - christielittle.com.au wildreverence.com.au @_wildreverence_ For more information on Wild Edges Nature Retreats click here Christie Little is a registered holistic psychotherapist, grief counsellor and nature therapy guide based in the Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA. Christie was the first nature therapy guide in NSW certified by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and has been offering nature based healing in various forms for the past 7 years, such as the monthly wilderness gatherings, Wild Edges, that she co-hosts with Rob Engles. She offers a trauma informed integrative approach to healing and transformation by weaving together a range of healing modalities and wisdom including nature based practices, meditation, traditional talk therapy, somatic experiences and group work. She has a lived experience of traumatic loss and has partnered with nature in her own journey of healing. Rob Engels is a registered somatic psychotherapist, ecotherapist and meditation teacher. His calling as a guide to the inner wilderness began in childhood and was forged through big, life-altering traumas that ushered him into a lifelong pilgrimage of deep self-inquiry and spiritual wandering. Drawing on a depth of experience in nature-based healing, including with Animas Valley Institute, Rob holds regular wilderness retreats for people to reconnect to a deeper sense of wholeness. He is a teacher of somatic inquiry, the healing art of inner listening, and is co-founder of the Blue Mountains Men’s Circle. His collected work falls under the banner of Wild Reverence, which is a love affair with the wild earth, a remembering of our own wildness, and a communion with the inner sacred.
Microstress - how it builds and takes a massive toll on us, and what to do
May 24, 2023 • 17 MIN
We're all familiar with stress - especially big life stressors - moving house, relationship breakdown, grief and loss, illness, job issues. However, what impact do the little, seemingly insignificant stressors we experience have on us? Microstress, as it is known, can have a snowball effect, impacting our personal and professional lives and, as a result, negatively affecting wellbeing - both physically and mentally.  Listen to this podcast to learn: - What is microstress and how might we recognise it - Why the little stressors can sometimes have the biggest impact - How to best manage microstress in your life Links: Hidden Toll of Microstress If you enjoy listening to this podcast, please rate, review and subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you're listening now. Is there a pressing issue or topic you'd like me to discuss? Head to my instagram @dramandafergusonand send me a DM! I love hearing from my listeners.
Alcohol and sex life changes, with Sarah Rusbatch Grey Area Drinking Coach
May 31, 2023 • 25 MIN
In this episode, I welcome back Sarah Rusbatch, a certified Women's Health and Wellbeing Coach, accredited Grey Area Drinking Coach and Key-Note speaker sharing her journey to Sobriety and impact of alcohol on mental health to global audiences. She is also the face behind Perth’s growing Alcohol-Free Movement. Listen in to hear - - Why alcohol and sex is a complex relationship - Does alcohol improve one's sex life - The science behind alcohol and libido - When alcohol can have have negative outcomes on our intimate relationships - The benefits of reducing alcohol Links: Keep an eye out for Sarah’s new book being released early 2024 on Why women drink and how to break the cycle, being published by Murdoch Books, Australia and Britain. Join Sarah's July 30 day Alcohol Free Challenge here You can also find Sarah and the resources discussed in this episode - Website: www.sarahrusbatch.com Instagram: @sarahrusbatch
Building confidence, the internal-external conundrum
June 9, 2023 • 6 MIN
Do you sometimes wish you were more confident? Is there an area of your life where you struggle? In this Psych for Life quick power hit ep, I discuss the internal-external conundrum of building confidence. So if you're keen to understand how confidence is built both internally and externally, and would like some tips to make it happen, pop this ep on now. If you enjoy listening to this podcast, please rate, review and subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you're listening now. Is there a pressing issue or topic you'd like me to discuss? Head to my instagram @dramandaferguson and send me a DM! I love hearing from my listeners.
Retreats for building resilience in children, with Stuart Clark, educator + head of campus at Pymble Ladies’ College
June 14, 2023 • 43 MIN
In this episode, I chat with Stuart Clark, educator and head of campus (Vision Valley) at Pymble Ladies' College. Stuart has been involved in the education sector for more than 25 years. He’s worked in outdoor, classroom, and adult education, as well as in educational leadership. He holds numerous qualifications, including Master of Teaching and Master of Education degrees. The Residential Program at Vision Valley for Yr 9 students involves all elements of a holistic education including a bespoke academic program, outdoor education and adventure-based learning, life skills courses, service, personal reflection. Listen in to hear our discussion on: - Why being in nature and contemporary tech-driven, pressured life seem to be becoming increasingly separate - The philosophy behind the Residential Program holistic education offered - Why these programs foster character development, team building and resilience for adolescents, setting them up for success in the world after school - What a 24 hour Wilderness solo is - The benefits of digital detox for teens - Other opportunities for all adolescents via programs like Duke of Edinburgh, Outward Bound and ways parents can initiate and support this development - Plus listen in to hear how wild, shy echidnas are helping the children get through nights on their own in the bush – without any prompting from anyone! Links: You can find all all resources mentioned in this episode below: Pymble Ladies College - Vision Valley Outward Bound Duke of Edinburgh Program
Our inner critic - keeping it in check
June 20, 2023 • 9 MIN
You know that negative - often damning - voice inside your head? The one that says...you’re not good enough, you don’t deserve that, you’ll never get there! It's often referred to as our negative ego or inner critic. So where does it come from? What’s it all about? Is it ever a good thing? How do we know? What do we do if it’s clearly holding us back? In this power ep you’ll learn answers to these questions and tips for keeping your inner critic in check. If you enjoy listening to this podcast, please rate, review and subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you're listening now. Is there a pressing issue or topic you'd like me to discuss? Head to my instagram @dramandaferguson and send me a DM! I love hearing from my listeners.
Kintsugi Heroes – how our broken parts create our beauty, with Ian Westmoreland
July 5, 2023 • 32 MIN
In this episode, I welcome back Ian Westmoreland, founder of Mentoring Men, to talk about his new passion project, the podcast Kintsugi Heroes. This podcast aims to share how those major moments of challenge we face can change the course of our life, making it even more beautiful and fulfilling than ever before. Listen in to hear - - What is Kintsugi - Why the Kintsugi Heroes podcast is a passion project for Ian - The mission to uncover people's "hidden value" - How to find beauty in our scars....and so much more Links: You can find Ian and the resources discussed in this episode - Website: https://kintsugiheroes.com.au Podcast: https://podcast.kintsugiheroes.com.au Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kintsugi.heroes/
Micro Cheating...what is it and where to draw the line
July 19, 2023 • 13 MIN
People often ask me, if you’re in a serious relationship - what are the rules? What’s right and what’s wrong? What’s acceptable behaviour and what is not? Micro cheating can be considered the small harmless things people do that have the potential to cultivate emotional intimacy outside their relationship —without ever physically crossing a line. So in this episode I'll discuss all things micro-cheating and how it potentially impacts your relationship, offering the listener an opportunity to think through this complex issue and ponder where they stand and what they want to do about boundaries in their relationship.
Compelling new advice on why staying physically connected is crucial to our happiness and survival as a species, with cognitive neuroscientist Professor Mark Williams
August 1, 2023 • 54 MIN
In this episode, I welcome back cognitive neuroscientist, Professor Mark Williams to chat about his fascinating new book, The Connected Species - How the evolution of the human brain can save the world. This book is a compelling read, with wise and reassuring guidance and an essential guide for all of us in this time – showing how we evolved to our current position and how we can best navigate our way forward to empower and help both ourselves and the world. Professor Williams is an Internationally recognised Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience & conference speaker who has worked at top Universities in Australia and overseas including MIT in the USA. He has been published in top tier international academic journals and widely featured in the media. Mark runs programs for schools and businesses on the neuroscience of learning, and the impact of modern technologies on our brains. Tune in to hear our wide-ranging conversation on why humans’ innate ability to connect physically has led to our success, yet also to our current divisiveness and why it's imperative we prioritise physical, social connection for a sustainable future. LINKS: To purchase Mark's book click here: https://rethinkingthebrain.com/books/ To connect with Mark please visit: www.drmarkwilliams.com Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 13 11 14
Reclaiming your sense of self after motherhood
August 16, 2023 • 17 MIN
There is a lot of focus on the joy and gains of motherhood – however, with all the focus on what a woman gains when baby arrives, it’s easy to forget what they may lose – in particular the loss of a sense of self. The focus often stays on the baby rather than the woman and how to care for her after baby and her developmental issues. So in this episode you'll learn about: ·  Matrescence - what it is and how this transition and journey impacts mothers  ·  How women can lose their sense of self in the process of becoming a mother ·  Ways to reclaim your sense of self and manage the transition
Love Your Dragon – making fear work for you, with strategist Brad Axelrad
August 30, 2023 • 19 MIN
In this episode, I welcome strategist, Brad Axelrad. Brad’s been an event producer, consultant, strategist and podcast host, producing over 150 live events with top business leaders and best-selling authors. He supports coaches, entrepreneurs, and consultants, to create the business that sets them free to live a life of fulfillment and truth. On his Face Your Dragon Podcast Brad interviews celebrity thought leaders, icons – and musicians seen on Conan O’Brien and some who opened up for musicians Coldplay and Pink. His podcast aims to share how those major moments of challenge we face can change the course of our life, making it even more beautiful and fulfilling than before. Brad is a founding member of the Association of Transformational Leaders in Southern California since 2010 and Co-Founder of the same in Costa Rica. Listen in to hear - - all about the "face your dragon" approach - What are the 5 dragons that stop people from earning? - The 3 steps to find your fear, face it and use it for success - Where we should be focused both now and into the future given the current uncertainties of the world. Links: You can find Brad and the resources discussed in this episode - Website: https://faceyourdragon.com/
The Black Summer Fires – From the Inside, with farmer and author Janice Newnham
September 12, 2023 • 45 MIN
In this episode, I’m joined by Janice Newnham. Janice is a veterinarian by profession but a farmer, wife, and mother by passion. She and her husband, Robert, operate an Angus cattle farm in a picturesque valley in Walwa, in the Upper Murray of Victoria, Australia. The Newnhams are also community advocates and volunteers. The Australian 2019/20 Black Summer Fires devastated the Upper Murray and the Newnham property. The turmoil triggered Janice to commit to writing, as a form of therapy, and she has since self-published two books: one on these fires, and another set in the aftermath of the 1939 Black Friday fires, that she has an eerie connection with, and where the facts are stranger than fiction.  Listen in to hear – - Janice calmly, yet vividly, describe the horrific and terrifying details of the fires from the beginning to end - How Janice and the other volunteers, then ordinary people, became extraordinary, performing incredibly courageous, life-threatening feats. - The ongoing fallout for Janice, her family, and the community - The innate difficulty of providing men in rural areas much-needed mental health support and guidance - Just how Janice hangs out in nature to heal – much to the curiosity of her cows. "From The Inside" is a raw and confronting reflection of the Newnham family’s experience of the Black Summer Bush fires and "White Lies – Where There Is Smoke" is a novel based on a true story; a murder mystery set in 1939 in the aftermath of the Black Friday fires.
How to date for a lasting relationship
September 27, 2023 • 16 MIN
We are all familiar with the many difficulties and disasters that can happen when dating...from picking the wrong type, rushing intimacy, feeling unlovable or wondering if Mr or Ms Right will ever appear. For many – it just happens – for others … they may need to make it happen So in this power ep of Psych for Life you’ll learn: - the timeless things about dating – that actually work - why separating sex from dating should be seriously considered - the approach that leads to finding a lasting love relationship So if you're ready to hop off the dating rollercoaster and swap it for a happy relationship, pop this episode on for insight and tips that may be just what you need to consider.
Guiding boys in the culture of porn, and sexualisation of women and girls, with educator Daniel Principe
October 10, 2023 • 56 MIN
In this episode, I chat with Daniel Principe a youth advocate and educator with Collective Shout, a movement against the objectification of women and sexualisation of girls in the media, partnering with schools and communities to challenge the porn culture and the sexualisation of women and girls.Daniel has presented in hundreds of schools to students to assist parents and communities to raise healthy, resilient and empathetic young people. Listen in to hear our discussion on: - How to equip young people to recognise the impacts of harmful messaging from social media, advertising, pop culture and the global porn industry. - All about Daniel's work - Reimagine Masculinity - Ways to deal with the resistance young men feel - How parents and society can better support young boys in these areas Links: Daniel can be contacted via his website below and hosts podcast ‘Reimagining Masculinity’ https://www.lastoftheromans.org
Glimmers - positive triggers to feeling peace and safety
October 25, 2023 • 7 MIN
In this time of increasing challenges and uncertainty, we are all needing to do more to look after our feelings, mental health and wellbeing. Self regulation – or self management - is a critical part of this. 'Glimmers' is a term coined by social worker Deb Dana, whose work centres around polyvagal theory – or how our daily feelings result from the state of our nervous system. This new concept helps us to regulate our minds and feelings, to feel calm, reassured and safe. So tune in this episode as I discuss all things Glimmers - what they are and why it's important to recognise these positive triggers more than ever before, plus ways to notice and gain these positive experiences in your own life.
Blokes Psychology - boys' and mens' mental health with psychologist, Carl Nelms
November 8, 2023 • 42 MIN
In this episode I welcome psychologist, Carl Nelms. Carl is the founder of Blokes Psychology and has a passion for assisting men to overcome the stigma of reaching out for support. His vision is that by creating a service targeted towards males, more men can improve their psychological health and well-being, stop suffering in silence, and receive the support they desperately need, so they and their families can start living a more fulfilling and meaningful life. Listen in to hear our discussion on - - What the barriers are for men seeking support and why men often don't reach out - Why there is a crisis of masculinity, both in identity and role of men, and what can be done about it - Breaking down the stigma surrounding men's mental health and providing accessible support and resources Links: You can find Carl at: Blokes Psychology Practice https://blokespsychology.com.au/ Carl's practice provides face to face psychological support & counselling to boys' & men, specifically tailored for males and also offer services via telehealth (phone & video sessions) to males all around the country and the world. They currently have clinicians in the Bayside and Eastern suburbs of Melbourne (Cheltenham & Hawthorn, Scoresby & Telehealth Australia wide). Carl also hosts The Blokes Psychology Podcast. For speaking, events and media interviews contact Carl via https://blokespsychology.com.au/
How to be guided by your intuition not fear
November 21, 2023 • 10 MIN
People often ask me - how can I know whether it is fear or my intuition talking to me? We would all like to be better equipped to tune into our intuition and let it drive our choices without being held back by fear.So tune in to this episode as I discuss all things intuition and fear. In this podcast you’ll learn: - What is fear and the difference between irrational and rational fear - How to know what intuition is and recognise it when it is activated - Strategies to weigh up fear and intuition and which to choose and when
Teaching children about money, with financial therapist, Jane Monica Jones
December 6, 2023 • 45 MIN
In this episode, I welcome back Australia's leading FInancial and Trauma Informed Financial Wellbeing Specialist, Jane Monica Jones. She is the co-founder of the Financial Wellbeing Company and author of The Billionaire Buddha and the Money Mental Health Card series. Jane has a passion for this sometimes challenging subject and works compassionately with clients and employees of organisations to repair this - often problematic - relationship people have with money. Listen in to hear our discussion on: - When the best time to start teaching children about money is - Important elements to teach children about money: needs vs. wants, budgeting and saving - Why modelling can be more important than teaching - Research shows we all learn better when it’s fun – so ways to make this fun You can find Jane and the resources discussed in this episode at: Jane's website - https://www.janemonicajones.com Capabilite - Financial wellbeing courses & tools - https://capabilite.com If you enjoy listening to this podcast, please rate, review and subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you're listening now. Is there a pressing issue or topic you'd like me to discuss? Head to my instagram @dramandaferguson and send me a DM! I love hearing from my listeners.
The turn of the year – seize control of your life
December 20, 2023 • 20 MIN
As we quickly head towards the turn of the year, it is a natural time to take stock and reassess. Our unconscious mind naturally starts to do this most years, however, this year – more than many others - staying happy and empowered in these times of volatility and disruption – is a big challenge!. So in the last Psych for Life episode for 2023, we look at how to seize more control of our lives, simply by improving our physical and mental health, mindset, expanding our knowledge or belief systems, taking stock of our lives and making a conscious decision to be in charge – where we can be. In this podcast you’ll learn: · Expert findings about the new time we live in · Ways to let go of the old things not serving you and how you can focus on and bring in things to improve your new year · The importance of finding a new sense of meaning and focus to get the most out of 2024 Plus watch out for my Psych for Life - Summer Series starting on January 3rd, 2024! And if you enjoy listening to this podcast, please rate, review and subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you're listening now. Is there a pressing issue or topic you'd like me to discuss? Head to my instagram @dramandaferguson and send me a DM! I love hearing from my listeners.
Summer Series 1: Our inner critic - keeping it in check
January 3, 2024 • 9 MIN
During January, I’ll be sharing my 2024 Summer Series - a replay of some of our most popular Psych for Life podcast episodes. I hope you enjoy them as much as my other listeners have. You know that negative - often damning - voice inside your head? The one that says...you’re not good enough, you don’t deserve that, you’ll never get there! It's often referred to as our negative ego or inner critic. So where does it come from? What’s it all about? Is it ever a good thing? How do we know? What do we do if it’s clearly holding us back? In this power ep you’ll learn answers to these questions and tips for keeping your inner critic in check. If you enjoy listening to this podcast, please rate, review and subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you're listening now. Is there a pressing issue or topic you'd like me to discuss? Head to my instagram @dramandaferguson and send me a DM! I love hearing from my listeners.
Summer Series 2: Is grey area drinking catching up with you? With coach, Sarah Rusbatch
January 17, 2024 • 25 MIN
During January, I’ll be sharing my 2024 Summer Series - a replay of some of our most popular Psych for Life podcast episodes. I hope you enjoy them as much as my other listeners have. In this episode, I chat with Sarah Rusbatch, a certified Women's Health and Wellbeing Coach, accredited Grey Area Drinking Coach and Key-Note speaker sharing her journey to Sobriety and impact of alcohol on mental health to global audiences. She is also the face behind Perth’s growing Alcohol-Free Movement. Listen in to hear - - What is grey area drinking? - Why being surrounded by grey area drinkers may increase risk - How the women "can have and do it all" mentality is impacting drinking - Why people are becoming sober curious - Plus Busting alcohol myths and limiting beliefs related to drinking This must listen episode offers insight and wisdom for anyone questioning their relationship with alcohol and to obtain support if needed. Links: You can find Sarah and the resources discussed in this episode - Website: www.sarahrusbatch.com Instagram: @sarahrusbatch
Summer Series 3: Why staying physically connected is crucial to our happiness and survival as a species, with Professor Mark Williams
January 31, 2024 • 55 MIN
During January, I’ll be sharing my 2024 Summer Series - a replay of some of our most popular Psych for Life podcast episodes. I hope you enjoy them as much as my other listeners have. In this episode, I welcome back cognitive neuroscientist, Professor Mark Williams to chat about his fascinating new book, The Connected Species - How the evolution of the human brain can save the world. This book is a compelling read, with wise and reassuring guidance and an essential guide for all of us in this time – showing how we evolved to our current position and how we can best navigate our way forward to empower and help both ourselves and the world. Professor Williams is an Internationally recognised Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience & conference speaker who has worked at top Universities in Australia and overseas including MIT in the USA. He has been published in top tier international academic journals and widely featured in the media. Mark runs programs for schools and businesses on the neuroscience of learning, and the impact of modern technologies on our brains. Tune in to hear our wide-ranging conversation on why humans’ innate ability to connect physically has led to our success, yet also to our current divisiveness and why it's imperative we prioritise physical, social connection for a sustainable future. LINKS: To purchase Mark's book click here: https://rethinkingthebrain.com/books/ To connect with Mark please visit: www.drmarkwilliams.com Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 13 11 14
Summer Series 4: Reclaiming your sense of self after motherhood
February 6, 2024 • 17 MIN
Today I'm sharing the final episode in my 2024 Summer Series - some of my most popular Psych for Life episodes. I hope you enjoy it as much as my other listeners have. There is a lot of focus on the joy and gains of motherhood – however, with all the focus on what a woman gains when baby arrives, it’s easy to forget what they may lose – in particular the loss of a sense of self. The focus often stays on the baby rather than the woman and how to care for her after baby and her developmental issues. So in this episode you'll learn about: · Matrescence - what it is and how this transition and journey impacts mothers · How women can lose their sense of self in the process of becoming a mother · Ways to reclaim your sense of self and manage the transition If you enjoy listening to this podcast, please rate, review and subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you're listening now. Is there a pressing issue or topic you'd like me to discuss? Head to my instagram @dramandaferguson and send me a DM! I love hearing from my listeners.
Loneliness and solitude - A pathway to deeper self-connection and happiness
February 14, 2024 • 9 MIN
Loneliness....it is something we all can experience at various times in our lives. As humans our need to connect is innate, so when there is a gap between the connection desired and the actual lived experience, one can feel lonely. So in this episode I'll discuss all things loneliness, what it is, how it potentially impacts our health and wellbeing, and solutions for dealing with it when it's negatively impacting your life. Liked this topic? Grab a copy of my book, Life Works and begin your pathway to deeper self-connection and happiness (available from Booktopia). If you enjoy listening to the Psych for Life podcast, please rate, review and subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you're listening now. Is there a pressing issue or topic you'd like me to discuss? Head to my instagram @dramandaferguson and send me a DM! I love hearing from my listeners.
Get your dream job: Why career planning and development matters, with Gaj Ravichandra, peak performance coach & psychologist
February 22, 2024 • 42 MIN
In this episode, I welcome Gaj Ravichandra, a Peak Performance Coach, Registered Psychologist and the co-founder of Kompass Consultancy, a global Talent Management Consultancy that enables Performance Excellence. Gaj provides individual coaching on developing mental toughness, career pivots, finding purpose, opportunity and increasing mental resilience. Gaj helps people every day to map out their careers and take tangible steps to achieve their goals. Listen for our discussion on peak performance, including: - how to define your own version of ‘success’ - Is a dream job less realistic or even attainable these days? - How achieving greatness or peak performance – is about mindset and is it the same mindset for everyone? - Why a growth mindset is more important than happiness You can check out Gaj's programs and resources via: The career Kickstarter program https://kompass.mykajabi.com/ Kompass The Coaching Company – to engage Gaj, his team, buy the book, other resources. – go to http://www.kompassconsultancy.com Liked this topic? Grab a copy of my book, Life Works and begin your pathway to deeper self-connection and happiness (available from Booktopia). If you enjoy listening to the Psych for Life podcast, please rate, review and subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you're listening now. Is there a pressing issue or topic you'd like me to discuss? Head to my instagram @dramandaferguson and send me a DM! I love hearing from my listeners.
Reasons why your childhood patterns roll into business, with clinical psychotherapist, Jennifer Nurick
February 29, 2024 • 35 MIN
Have you ever wondered why a work colleague or boss has you feeling like you're dealing with a family member? It's not as crazy as it sounds. In this episode of Psych for Life, I welcome Jennifer Nurick a licensed Clinical Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Energetic Healer, and author of “Heal Your Anxious Attachment”. She is the founder and voice of Psychotherapy Central and  has been working in the healing space for over 20 years, combining Eastern energetic practices and Western psychotherapy. She specialises in healing anxious attachment, attachment injuries and childhood trauma. Listen to hear our discussion on: - Why childhood patterns do roll into business- How current triggers may be indicators of unresolved past conflicts- The impact of attachment patterns in behaviour in the workplace- Solutions for dealing with your boss feeling like a parent ...and much more! Browse Jen’s suite of online courses: https://www.psychotherapycentral.health/store Find Jen on:             •          Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/psychotherapy.central/             •          Facebook: https://facebook.com/psychotherapy.central/             •          Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@psychotherapycentral             •          Visit her website: www.psychotherapycentral.health Or purchase her book ‘Heal your anxious attachment” - available at all major bookstores www.psychotherapycentral.health
100th Ep - Dr. Amanda's top tips for surviving + thriving in our ever-changing world
March 7, 2024 • 13 MIN
It’s hard to believe this is my 100th Psych for Life podcast episode. I hope you’re enjoying listening to these eps as much as I am in making them! In honour of 100 eps, in this one I offer my top tips for thriving in our ever-changing world. These days – we are warned of more pandemics, economic and supply pressures and climate disasters. We live in what is known as VUCA times – volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous times. When I think about my top tips – I looked at my other eps for ideas and curated the most pertinent and practical tips you can take on board as we navigate fast changing and often difficult times in the world as it is today. Tune in now and feel free to share your fave Psych for Life episode in the comments! Liked this topic? Grab a copy of my book, Life Works and begin your pathway to deeper self-connection and happiness (available from Booktopia). If you enjoy listening to the Psych for Life podcast, please rate, review and subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you're listening now. Is there a pressing issue or topic you'd like me to discuss? Head to my instagram @dramandaferguson and send me a DM! I love hearing from my listeners.
Boys + emotional intelligence – why soft skills predict success in adult life + work, with Daniel Principe, youth advocate + educator
March 13, 2024 • 32 MIN
In this episode, I welcome back Daniel Principe, a passionate youth advocate and educator. He champions boys across Australia to challenge culture and aspire to live courageous, respectful and empathetic lives. Having presented to tens of thousands of young people across Australia, Daniel is no stranger to the complex challenges that our distracting digital world presents to adolescents. Daniel partners with schools and communities, to encourage young people to aspire to healthy relationships built on mutual respect and empathy. Listen in to hear our discussion on: - all things boys and emotional intelligence - how the 'crisis of masculinity is impacting boys and how we can help - the impact of tech dependency and addiction on boys emotional development and wellbeing - the solutions to overcoming these challenges experienced by young boys. Find out how to best help!
Why switching off from work during breaks is critical
March 20, 2024 • 15 MIN
So many people struggle to switch off at all and find themselves spending breaks (even lunch breaks, let alone holidays) on devices or madly trying to multi task lots of other seemingly must do tasks - which defeats the purpose of the break and then they wonder why they don't feel like they had a break at all. Does this sound familiar? Do you struggle to REALLY switch off? In this episode you’ll learn why it is so important to fully switch off and you’ll gain tips on how to do this, as well as how to deal with anxieties during holidays and other more formal time off. Liked this topic? Grab a copy of my book, Life Works and begin your pathway to deeper self-connection and happiness (available from Booktopia and online at my website). If you enjoy listening to the Psych for Life podcast, please rate, review and subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you're listening now. Is there a pressing issue or topic you'd like me to discuss? Head to my instagram @dramandaferguson and send me a DM! I love hearing from my listeners.
Family + general dispute resolution, finding strength + growth, with Rosemary Gattuso
March 28, 2024 • 33 MIN
In the latest episode of Psych for Life, I'm chatting with Dispute Resolution Practitioner and Counsellor, Rosemary Gattuso who specialises in trauma informed Family Dispute Resolution and Restorative Justice. Rosemary’s career began as a lawyer and then progressed away from the courts and towards mediation rooms. She became curious about how people manage personal crisis, adversity and self-reflection. After completing postgraduate studies in dispute resolution and then mediation at Harvard University, Rosemary became a mediator for the family court of Australia. This placed her in a unique position to observe and learn. She became a Couples and Family Therapist, with further self-study of childhood trauma, emerging discoveries about the brain and the mind. Tune in to hear our discussion on alternate dispute resolution - what it is, warning signs you might need it and the benefits of understanding child development, trauma and neuroscience in navigating disputes. You can connect with Rosemary via her website - rosemarygattuso.com (her books are currently closed for mediation 3/2024) Plus pick up a copy of her just released book -  It’s not you – it’s me
Burnout, Overtime + Job Security - What's fair and How to Negotiate
April 3, 2024 • 18 MIN
Burnout and unpaid overtime are a common problem, often leading to unhealthy work relationships and unhappy working environments. Often though, it's a tricky path to navigate if we find ourselves experiencing this. Do we want to ruffle feathers? What impact will it have on our job security? What are the long term impacts? These delicate issues are ones we all need to be able to manage, not just tolerate. So in this episode you'll learn: - How to manage the problems of Burnout and overtime - How to protect your job security - Ways to approach those difficult, yet necessary convos about time off, payrises and promotions Liked this topic? Grab a copy of my book, Life Works and begin your pathway to deeper self-connection and happiness (available from Booktopia and online at my website). If you enjoy listening to the Psych for Life podcast, please rate, review and subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you're listening now. Is there a pressing issue or topic you'd like me to discuss? Head to my instagram @dramandaferguson and send me a DM! I love hearing from my listeners.
How our digital habits + behaviours are impacting our stress and relationships + what we can do to tame our tech habits, with Dr Kristy Goodwin
April 10, 2024 • 33 MIN
There's no escaping that we live in a digital world. However, our digital habits are impacting our stress and relationships more than ever, so I chat with Dr Kristy Goodwin, about what we can do to tame them. Dr Kristy Goodwin studies what it takes to thrive in the digital world. Kristy is the author of Dear Digital, We need to talk where she decodes the neurobiology of peak-performance in a digital age. Described by her clients as a ‘pracademic’ Kristy translates cutting-edge research and science into realistic strategies to bolster productivity and enhance wellbeing in the ‘always-on’ digital world. Tune in to hear us chat about: - How our digital habits and behaviours are impacting our stress - Top tips to tame our tech habits - Dr Kristy's brain-based hacks for peak performance in a digital age You can find Dr Kristy and the resources discussed in this episode via the below links: https://drkristygoodwin.com/ https://drkristygoodwin.com/podcastresources_corporate/ Book - Dear Digital, We need to talk is available via Booktopia as both a hard copy and ebook
Loneliness + connection - why relating really matters
April 17, 2024 • 10 MIN
As explored in my previous episode on Loneliness and Solitude, loneliness is something we all experience at times in our lives. With our need to connect being innate, it's important to understand how connection impacts our wellbeing and happiness. So in this episode I discuss: what loneliness is, why connecting to the right people is critical and how to help yourself to connect when connecting feels difficult. Liked this topic? Grab a copy of my book, Life Works and begin your pathway to deeper self-connection and happiness (available from Booktopia). If you enjoy listening to the Psych for Life podcast, please rate, review and subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you're listening now. Is there a pressing issue or topic you'd like me to discuss? Head to my instagram @dramandaferguson and send me a DM! I love hearing from my listeners.
Helping children be who they want to be, with psychologist, Sabina Read
April 24, 2024 • 27 MIN
Now more than ever, supporting our youth to thrive is essential. So in the latest episode of Psych for Life, I chat with "human behaviour expert" , Sabina Read on how best to support this. Sabina is a psychologist, speaker, media commentator, and life sherpa who works to help people become the architects of their own growth and freedom so they can ultimately "human better." Sabina is the Resident Psychologist on Melbourne's top-rating Radio 3AW in the Afternoons, co-host of the Human Cogs podcast, and Brand Ambassador with SEEK and Board Member of The Reach Foundation. Tune in to hear our discussion on - - Why supporting our youth now is so needed? - The importance of connecting young people to overcome loneliness and social disconnection - How focusing on our sameness, enables us to engage and thrive, as well as build meaningful connections and find purpose - Identifying what's holding you back and how to live for yourself, not by others expectations You can contact Sabina about speaking, media and interview opportunities via her website - https://www.sabinareadpsychology.com.au/ The Human Cogs Podcast Learn more about Reach , book a workshop for your school or community , become a supporter, or donate - https://www.reach.org.au/ Liked this topic? Grab a copy of my book, Life Works - Rediscover yourself and transform your relationships and begin your pathway to deeper self-connection and happiness (available from my website and via Booktopia). If you enjoy listening to the Psych for Life podcast, please rate, review and subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you're listening now. Is there a pressing issue or topic you'd like me to discuss? Head to my instagram @dramandaferguson and send me a DM! I love hearing from my listeners.
Dealing with difficult personalities in business + the workplace
May 8, 2024 • 12 MIN
We can all relate to working with someone who seems just that little bit more difficult to manage. One minute everything may feel fine and the next, we wonder what we did wrong or how we misinterpreted instructions. The feeling you have to walk on eggshells or maybe just find yourself wanting to limit contact with this manager, co-worker or business colleague. So if this sounds familiar and you're tired of feeling uncertain how best to navigate these personalities listen in to learn -  - the warning signs you may be dealing with a difficulty personality in your workplace- what is a personality disorder- tips to manage difficult personalities Should this episode have resonated with an experience you're having in business or your workplace, feel free to contact me to discuss the option of a more comprehensive workshop, seminar or keynote for your organisation.
Leadership: How congruence and alignment creates great leadership, with Organisational Development Consultant Ella Zhang
May 22, 2024 • 37 MIN
In this episode of Psych for Life, I chat with Ella Zhang on alignment and congruence in great leadership. Ella is a passionate, strategic change maker, Organisational Development Consultant and executive coach with decades of experience in Fortune100 companies and start-ups. Her expertise includes leadership development, cultural transformation and talent development and last year she published her first book, Upgrade: How to outperform your default self to gain your superpowers. Listen to hear our discussion on -  - Why congruent and aligned leaders are great leaders - How awareness is the Cornerstone for congruent and aligned leadership? - Why one size fits all solutions don't work for businesses - The importance of taking control of your impact  And so much more! See the extended podcast episode page for information on Ella's book and courses and how to contact her for more information.
Co-dependence – why it makes us miserable and how to untangle it
June 5, 2024 • 10 MIN
Co-dependence may seem like the latest buzzy word, however if you're wanting healthy relationships in your life, it's one you should probably pay attention to.The cornerstone of Co-dependence is when we care too much what other people think about us. This keeps us limited, stuck and failing to grow and eventually impacts our relationships, keeping us stuck and miserable. Listen in to hear - - Why co-dependence is dysfunctional - How much is too much? - Ways to stop the cycle in yourself and your relationships Liked this topic? Grab a copy of my book, Life Works - Rediscover yourself and transform your relationships and begin your pathway to deeper self-connection and happiness (available from my website and via Booktopia). If you enjoy listening to the Psych for Life podcast, please rate, review and subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you're listening now. Is there a pressing issue or topic you'd like me to discuss? Head to my instagram @dramandaferguson and send me a DM! I love hearing from my listeners.
Relationship Attachment Styles and How to Heal Yours, with clinical psychotherapist, Jennifer Nurick
June 19, 2024 • 36 MIN
Like it or not, we all have attachment styles! You have probably even heard the term before - but what are they and why should you be familiar with yours? In this episode I welcome back Jennifer Nurick to dive deep into all things attachment and how it impacts our relationships. Jennifer Nurick (Jen) specialises in healing anxious attachment, attachment injuries and childhood trauma. She is a licensed Clinical Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Energetic Healer, and author of “Heal Your Anxious Attachment”. She is the founder and voice of Psychotherapy Central. She has been working in the healing space for over 20 years, combining Eastern energetic practices and Western psychotherapy. She offers transformational courses to help individuals and couples heal trauma and build secure long-term relationships. Listen in to this episode to learn: What is attachment and what are the different attachment styles How does it impact our relationships Tips to recognise different attachment styles Ways to navigate relationships when attachment styles differ or are negatively impacting And so much more! Have you ever wondered why a work colleague or boss has you feeling like you're dealing with a family member? It's not as crazy as it sounds. In this episode of Psych for Life, I welcome Jennifer Nurick a licensed Clinical Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Energetic Healer, and author of “Heal Your Anxious Attachment”. She is the founder and voice of Psychotherapy Central and has been working in the healing space for over 20 years, combining Eastern energetic practices and Western psychotherapy. She specialises in healing anxious attachment, attachment injuries and childhood trauma. Listen to hear our discussion on: - Why childhood patterns do roll into business - How current triggers may be indicators of unresolved past conflicts - The impact of attachment patterns in behaviour in the workplace - Solutions for dealing with your boss feeling like a parent ...and much more! Browse Jen’s suite of online courses: https://www.psychotherapycentral.health/store Find Jen on: • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/psychotherapy.central/ • Facebook: https://facebook.com/psychotherapy.central/ • Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@psychotherapycentral • Visit her website: www.psychotherapycentral.health Or purchase her book ‘Heal your anxious attachment' - available at all major bookstores