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Eating Disorders

This information is brought to you by Q-Psych psychologists, Jade Jensen and Kerryn Rowe. 

Are you experiencing problems with your eating? Constantly distressed about your body shape and weight? If you answered yes, then you might be suffering from an eating disorder.

Eating disorders are characterised by a persistent disturbance in patterns of eating that have a severe and negative impact on both physical and psychological health. Of all mental health disorders, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate. But there are treatments that can help.  [Read more…]

Program for Anxious Children


???????????The highly effective Cool Kids® program for anxious children (7-12yo) and their parents is being offered again at Q-Psych in Term 3, 2018. This program was developed by Macquarie University and differs to most children’s anxiety programs by involving parents in learning about their child’s anxiety. Children in the Cool Kids program learn important skills to overcome or self-manage their own anxiety and feel more confident in a variety of settings, including school. And, parents learn new information and skills to parent their anxious child and help reduce their child’s anxiety (and possibly their own). Participants also receive their own workbooks to keep for future reference, plus a complimentary copy of the popular book, Helping your Anxious Child.  [Read more…]

Study on Supportive Parent-Teen Relationships

The Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland (UQ) is seeking parents and their teenager (aged between 11 and 17 years) to take part in new research on the links between supportive parent-adolescent relationships and adolescent well-being.

Parents and teenagers will take part in an assessment session at the University of Qld’s St Lucia Campus. Participating parents will also have the opportunity to attend a free 2-hour parenting discussion group on Coping with Teenagers’ Emotions based on the successful Teen Triple P (Positive Parenting Program). [Read more…]

5 Tips to Feel Better Mentally

Taking care of your mental health doesn’t start and stop with a visit to your psychologist or health practitioner!

Just as we invest in taking care of our physical health, we get great results when we take steps to feel better mentally, too.

Try these simple tips to help improve your mental well-being, today:

Why Children Exhibit Challenging Behaviour

The following information is brought to you by Q-Psych psychologist, Alithea Taylor.

Naughty child stands in the cornerWhen a child is engaging in challenging behaviour, they are not just a bundle of naughtiness – although it may feel that way at times!

Children are highly complex beings with emotional, physiological and psychological needs that they do not necessarily have the maturity to communicate effectively.

Which of these six common causes of challenging behaviour do you recognise? [Read more…]

Parent Courses – Children & Teens

siblings thumbnailBack by popular demand!  The following parents courses are being offered at Q-Psych to help parents and carers of 2-18 year olds learn new information and skills to make their parenting role easier and more enjoyable – and just in time for the next school holidays!  

Choose which program suits your parenting needs: [Read more…]


 The following information is brought to you by Q-Psych clinical psychologist, Shannon Moule.

What is Mindfulness? 

mother son mindfulness for calendarMindfulness has emerged as a powerful, evidence-based tool for enhancing psychological health. It has been clinically proven to assist in a wide range of clinical disorders including chronic pain, anxiety disorders, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, substance abuse and borderline personality disorder. But more than that, it has great effects for people in general dealing with the day-to-day stressors of life. [Read more…]


The following information is brought to you by Q-Psych psychologist, Gail Corrigan.

What is Depression?

Depression is a term used to describe a mental health condition characterised by pervasive low mood and other symptoms that are persistent, cause significant distress and  affect every day life and relationships. Depression is not the experience of sadness, grief, or unhappiness that everyone experiences throughout their life. [Read more…]


The following information is brought to you by Q-Psych psychologist, Gail Corrigan. 

What is Anxiety?

Portrait Of Girl Biting NailsAnxiety is a term used to describe feelings of nervousness, fear, or worry. Usually anxiety occurs in stressful situations, such as prior to, or during, public speaking. These situations can can provoke worried thoughts of a possible negative outcome, such as not being able to do a good enough job. Along with these thoughts and feelings, changes occur on a physical level and can include sensations of nausea, ‘butterflies’ in the stomach, muscle tension, increased heart rate and light headedness. These feelings are considered a natural response to stress and can arise across a range of situations, though these may not be situations others consider to be obviously stressful, such as reluctance to leave home. If persistent and a source of   considerable distress, they may form the basis of an anxiety disorder. [Read more…]

Logging Into Therapy

Girl Laptop (free comm use)This blog has been contributed by Grace Sweeney, researcher (PhD candidate) at Griffith University

The majority of young people experiencing mental health problems do not access treatment. In an effort to improve this, technology is being used to change the way we can support the mental health of our children.

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