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Midsumma Festival Has Begun – OUTthink Update

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Midsumma Festival Has Begun – OUTthink Update Midsumma Festival Now is the perfect time to be in Melbourne as the annual Midsumma Festival has begun. The Midsumma Carnival last Sunday was an excellent opportunity to get out, enjoy the sun, and to take in the diversity that exists within our local LGBTQIA community. It can often be all too easy to forget that the LGBTQIA community is more than just a handful of gay clubs and the immediate circle that we associate with. It’s event likes Midsumma that help to get us out and about and to reconnect with our community. The importance of connection Research has shown the value and importance of connection to our own mental well being. It reminds us that we belong to ‘a tribe’ and that we can find people who understand and empathise with us, worts and all. Without this connection, we can often find mental health issues arising including stress, depression and anxiety, and even addiction. With that in mind, and despite Melbourne’s notoriously unreliable weather, go on and get out there. Connect with our community. Enjoy the sun and get the Vitamin D. OUTthink Update It still is a little way off…

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Maintaining Mental Health and Surviving Christmas

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Maintaining Mental Health and Surviving Christmas As I wrote last year, while Christmas is a time of joy and family for many, it can also be a source of pain, discomfort, and anxiety for others. For those who have lost or have no family, it can be a period of sadness with constant reminders of a ‘family Christmas’ lurking everywhere. For those who suffer from anxiety, it can be an extremely stressful period as they consider if this overload to the senses (or to their wallet) may leave them feeling apprehensive and on edge. Even just as a ritual in itself, Christmas can potentially trigger a lot of uncomfortable feelings for people that they would rather not experience annually. Then you have those people who are trying to maintain a healthier lifestyle. For those who are trying to lose weight or reduce their drinking or stop smoking, Christmas can prove to be a series of obstacles making their end goal just that little bit more challenging. Let’s face it, you would need to be a saint to get through Christmas without at least a handful of moments of self-indulgence. For some people, giving into this temptation may leave them feeling…

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Anxiety: Generalised Anxiety, Panic Disorder and Social Phobias

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Anxiety: Generalised Anxiety, Panic Disorders and Social Phobias: The Many Types of Anxiety In the last article, we looked at what anxiety actually was and the fact that anxiety is actually something we do to protect us via ‘flight or fight’. We looked at how anxiety is a response to fear and causes nervousness and worry, which can ultimately affect how we feel and behave. Due to the mind-body connection, when we believe the worst is going to happen, our body reacts as if that is happening and causes us to feel anxious feelings. This week, we’re going to spend some time looking at the different types of anxieties that exist. Types of anxiety There are six basic types of anxiety-related problems. These include: Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Panic Disorder Social Phobia and anxiety Specific Phobia Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) This week, we’re going to look at Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorders and Social Anxiety Disorder or Phobia. Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Most of us have situations in our lives that are worthy of worry or some anxious feelings. Going on a date, taking an exam or doing a presentation are all examples of situations where…

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POSITIVE CHANGE Campaign 2017

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POSITIVE CHANGE Campaign 2017 – Hypnosis To Help! Every year, Release Hypnosis runs POSITIVE CHANGE; an opportunity for people to get the change that they want while helping people living with HIV to get the change that they need. This year is no exception. What is POSITIVE CHANGE? The concept is simple; book in a session during December, work on the change that you wish to achieve, pay what you feel the session is worth (terms and conditions apply, refer to the link at the end of the article) and leave the session knowing that your payment is also going towards the Victorian AIDS Council to assist in the increase of awareness of HIV as well as helping those people who are living with HIV. I’ve had very mixed results over the past two years of running the campaign and it has made me aware of the fact that December can often be a difficult time to promote making a positive change in your life. This is the time of year where there are plenty of social gatherings, end of year cheer, drinks, parties; all the things that are likely to trigger vices such as drinking too much, eating too…

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 13/8/17

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 13/08/17 Getting Mental Health On The Line is our weekly post that acts as an additional resource for both clients and fellow therapists alike. This week, we’re presenting some of the best from the past week featuring topics as diverse as Ericksonian hypnosis, recovery from anxiety and depression, business advice for new hypnotherapists, healing subconscious programming, solution focused therapy training, and breaking into corporate hypnosis. Scott Jansen – Advanced Ericksonian Hypnosis Secrets By Scott Jansen Scott Jansen – Advanced Ericksonian Secrets reveals how to levearge past learning strategies to influnce the mind to solve present issues and phobias 159 7 Habits to Recovery from Anxiety and Depression By AllCEUs Counseling Education A tutorial based on the ‘7 Habits of Highly Successful People’ in relation to Anxiety and Depression issues. Three Ways to Jump Start Your New Hypnosis Business By Rene Bastarache You just graduated as a BRAND NEW Hypnosis Practitioner and it’s your first day on the job. Here’s what you can do to get business coming in… Bruce Lipton and Lisa A. Romano Discuss Healing Subconscious Programming By Lisa A. Romano Breakthrough Life Coach Inc. Are you an abused adult child…

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 25/6/17 – Jeffrey Zeig Special

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 25/06/17 – Jeffrey Zeig Special This week, we’re doing something a little different with our ‘Getting Mental Health On The Line’ blog. We have an enormous amount of admiration and respect for Jeffrey Zeig. As someone who trained with Milton Erickson and who set up the Milton Erickson Foundation, Dr Zeig is just a wealth of knowledge. This weekly series has been set up to offer five minute tips in therapy around a range of topics. 5 Minute Therapy Tips – Episode 00: Introduction 5 Minute Therapy Tips – Episode 01: Anxiety 5 Minute Therapy Tips – Episode 02: Grief 5 Minute Therapy Tips – Episode 03: Depression 5 Minute Therapy Tips – Episode 04: Pain 5 Minute Therapy Tips – Episode 05: Smoking Cessation 5 Minute Therapy Tips – Episode 06: Meta Model – Establishing Goals 5 Minute Therapy Tips – Episode 07: Meta Model – Gift Wrapping 5 Minute Therapy Tips – Episode 08: Meta Model – Tailoring 5 Minute Therapy Tips – Episode 09: Meta Model – Process 5 Minute Therapy Tips – Episode 10: Meta Model – Who Will You Be As A Psychotherapist? 5 Minute Therapy Tips…

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 18/6/17

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 18/06/17 Getting Mental Health On The Line is our weekly post that acts as an additional resource for both clients and fellow therapists alike. This week, we’re presenting some of the best from the past week featuring topics as diverse as limiting beliefs with the incredible Tony Robbins, a look at hypnosis for both pain control and confidence, stepping outside of your comfort zone with confidence, reframing death to gain more out of life, how to be a good listener, anxiety and depression within the LGBT community and, lastly, a chat with David Clark who talks about his experience of being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. If you have a video that you would like featured in our weekly roundup, then drop Lawrence a line with a link to your video. Tony Robbins: Change Your Limiting Beliefs (Tony Robbins 2017) By Law of Attraction Coaching Life can get tough and it usually does so from time to time. There are times we are ready to give up. Then there are times when all we want to do is curl up in our beds and disappear under our blankets. However, a truly powerful person…

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OUTthink Podcast – David Clark On Exploring Bipolar Disorder

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OUTthink Podcast – David Clark On Exploring Bipolar Disorder David Clark was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder back in 2011. Up until that point, he had absolutely no idea that he had been living with bipolar although he acknowledges that there had been signs. In this OUTthink, David shares his experience of being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, the experience of ‘brain snaps’ and how he has been able to take this diagnosis and turn it into something positive. About Our Guest, David Clark Dave is an accredited Master Practitioner in NLP, drawing on past skills and experience as a Project Manager and Business Excellence Model assessor. During his career he has worked in a variety of fields including social research, evaluation, training, project management, change management and Board capacity and capability development. More recently he has embarked on a more personal voyage of discovery exploring the field of personal development and is now coaching others drawing on the skills, knowledge and experience he has gathered over the past 25 years. For more information about David, check out his website The Lime Green Solutions. You can also find information about David’s book ‘WTF! Life Is Not Always What It Seems’ on Amazon…

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Bullying In The Workplace

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Bullying In The Workplace Mental health in the workplace is something that should be taken seriously. Certainly more seriously than what it often is. There are many industry sectors who seem to believe that aggression, intimidation and blatant verbal abuse are all ‘part of the job’ and that people should learn to just ‘suck it up’. The reality is often different with long-term exposure to these types of environments potentially eroding someone’s self-worth and their belief that they’re capable of even doing the job successfully. In short, if you have someone standing over you, screaming that something is not good enough for long enough, you’re going to start to believe that you, too, are just not good enough. If you’re carrying a shame message from your childhood development that you’re not good enough, not worthy enough, not smart enough, not (fill your own blank in here) enough, then this kind of environment is only going to subconsciously reinforce that belief. Friends, this is just not good enough. And the old saying of ‘if you’re not part of the solution, then you’re part of the problem’ is, sadly, very true here. It is such a shame that I find myself writing…

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 14/05/17

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 14/05/17 This is a weekly post to act as an additional resource for both clients and fellow therapists alike. This week, we’re presenting some of the best from the past week featuring topics as diverse as insights into hypnotherapy and hypnosis, advice on how group counselling can work with issues such as anger, addiction and depression, tips on building self discipline and motivation, supporting families of people living with dementia, a look at what narcissism actually is, managing stress, managing your time, what life is like for an ACT therapist, and lastly, a look into same-sex domestic violence issues. If you have a video that you would like featured in our weekly roundup, then drop Lawrence a line with a link to your video. Hypnosis Training Video #500: Hypnosis Insights Learned by Producing 500 Hypnosis, Etc. Episodes! By Free Hypnosis Training Videos In this Video: Hypnosis Insights, Nuggets, Tears & Promises! We are so excited to be all together for this milestone episode #500. Yes, we also have Celeste, Brenda and Erika all ready to let you in on some of the most important insights they have discovered about hypnosis and the…

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