It’s important to find a psychologist you connect with and who seems to understand you.
Priscilla Du Preez
Psychologists use a number of different methods, including cognitive behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and behavioural activation. Here's how they work and who they might suit best.
Women are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression or anxiety as men.
Around 20% of young Australian women had a diagnosis of depression or anxiety in 2017 compared with 12.8% in 2009. But the proportion of people reporting significant symptoms has remained stable.
Visually expressing painful memories and feelings can help let things go.
Creative arts therapies allow people with dementia to express joy and sadness through painting, dance, music and drama.
Men are more likely to dream about being in an open relationship than women.
Canadians are almost three times more likely to desire an open relationship than to be in one, according to new research.
An ad by a beer company was sweet but didn’t challenge any social norms.
After the #me-too inspired Gillette ad, a male therapist says this year's Super Bowl ads were disappointingly mild. But let's not let that stop us from challenging each other.
Museum objects can evoke powerful emotions.
More than just home to artworks or historical artefacts, museums and galleries can help people reflect on their own health issues.
Why psychoanalysis and children shouldn't mix.
Economists have used their monetary methodologies to work out how visiting a therapist affects labour income.
A smartphone app could replace compulsive behaviours, like excessive hand washing.
Technology could be a promising alternative to traditional therapy.
Successful therapy involves collaboration. Both therapist and client work at maintaining a positive relationship and need to continuously respond and adjust to the other.
Therapy works. But success has little to do with your therapist’s experience, gender, graduate degree, or even the school of therapy they practise.
If someone has a fear of dogs, a therapist might try to reframe their beliefs to ones such as: ‘most dogs are friendly’
A recent study found that half of patients who had therapy to help them cope with painful memories had a relapse four years later. So, is there a way to erase unwanted memories for good?
Dogs have the same hormones and experience the same chemical changes that humans do.
More than a feeling?
On tablets and laptops, people are turning to ASMR videos to unwind in the digital age.
Hiking the Savage River Loop in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska.
Many studies have shown that time outdoors is good for our physical health. Three wilderness education experts explain why periods alone in nature also provide mental and spiritual benefits.
Giving children counselling at school saves money in the long term because it equips them with the tools they need in adolescence and adulthood.
Talking to a friend about a problem can make matters worse, especially for women.
Taxpayers' money would be better spent on therapies that are proven to work.
... and does it work?
Marine Staff Sgt Anthony Mannino uses art and music as part of therapeutic care for his traumatic brain injury.
Marvin Lynchard/US Department of Defence
Using creativity and artistic metaphor to tap unconscious memories helps release pent up trauma.
Women can experience significant distress in the lead-up to their periods.
A new study found a woman's partner can help decrease PMS symptoms, rather than exacerbating them.