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Mental Health Week - How to improve your mental health and wellbeing?

It was mental health week last week. Around Melbourne (and I’m sure further afield too) events to raise awareness were hosted by numerous organisations. While the week may be over, I’d like to continue to encourage all Australians to take positive steps in their lives to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

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Do we learn relationship management skills, or is it instinct that matters?

The 19th century German poet, philosopher and student of human culture Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel said, ‘Every art should become science, and every science should become art.’ There are more than enough books around describing marriage relationship skills as a science. My counter-argument would be, ‘Then how come love is such an indelibly intuitive thing?”

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Why do couples fight? (and how to redirect the energy)

We fight with those we care about the most because those are the relationships that matter.

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The changing face of couple relationships

As a couples counsellor it is important for me to keep up to date with the latest research on couple therapy. It has been a complex decade for growth in knowledge of factors that promote strong marriages, the process that lead to relationship distress and dissolution, as well as understanding the negative consequences that accompany couple conflict, separation and divorce. These findings have helped design effective strategies to overcome the challenges too.

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Something personal....

Not so long ago my life was really different. I was a senior leader with a global blue chip company. I did interesting work. I was financially secure and living internationally but I realised I was not content and my values and strengths were not aligned with the environment in which I was living.

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How to survive a relationship break up

It is never easy when a relationship ends. Whether you initiated or were on the receiving end of a breakup, loss of a relationship; a bond between intimates can be one of the most painful experiences of our lives.

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Why would you see a counsellor? - No. 2

It is time to unlock….possibility.

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Why would you see a counsellor? - No. 1

At The Health and Wellbeing Studio, we have been reflecting on what might inspire people to really look after themselves, not just the physical but also the mental, emotional, spiritual and relational aspects of life. As a team of health and wellbeing professional we have noticed our clients experience conflict, anxiety, stress, big life stuff and seemingly small (but it's so not).

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Hope

This is for anyone that has given up hope for the possibility of finding their way through the loneliness of hurt to renewal of love in their relationship.

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A thought by Jo Gniel | Counsellor Melbourne | 2015

2015 – Believe in possibility

Many come to the end of a year and reflect on what they want to leave behind. Whether your year was filled with delight, disappointment or the unexpected, believe in the possibility that 2015 may be a year like no other.

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