How to get control of a naughty toddler

I have a two-year-old who is always playing up. I am constantly chastising and spanking her but she just gets worse. Now I find I am yelling at the other kids who don’t really deserve it. I am exhausted. How can I get control of this child? You love your little...

Super jealous

I am so jealous. My partner loves cycling and rides with a mixed group of friends. I feel insecure because he doesn’t need me and I’m upset when he’s been with them. He’s fed up with my jealousy and I know it’s childish, but I can’t seem to stop it. Jealousy is fed by...

Suicidal Ex Partner

Recently, I called off a year-long relationship with a man. Now he is calling saying he’s got nothing to live for and wanting to see me. He refuses professional help. I do believe he’s suicidal. I am concerned but I can’t lie and say I want the relationship. What do I...

Do I tell him he is dying

My father is ill with a terminal disease. We’e never been close but now he seems to want to open up. I’d like to respond and build a closer relationship during this time. The problem is my emotionally fragile mother insists he not be told that he is dying. What do I...

How to disagree with the boss

Bosses come in all sorts of flavours. Some are reasonable, approachable people who are interested in what you have to say. Others are more authoritarian and expect a level of subservience. No matter how pleasant a boss may be, we are naturally wary of disagreeing...

How to deal with panic attacks

I think I am having panic attacks. My heart races and I feel dizzy, hot and sweaty. It is very scary. Sometimes I can hardly breath and I feel like I might die. What causes it and how do I stop it? Many people in the middle of a panic attack really believe they are...

I am a nicotine addict

I am a nicotine addict. I have given up smoking several times but I always take it up again during a period of stress. I know it is no good for me so how do I get the will power to give it up for good‘ You need to learn new ways to cope with stress. You use nicotine...

Justice for victims of rape

Some time ago, a sentence of fifty-five years was handed down to a ringleader in a Western Sydney rape trial. This long sentence was controversial. Some commentators were highly critical of the length of the sentence. In our psychology practice, we counsel rape...

How do I get my husband back?

I left my husband for a man I later discovered is dishonest and abusive. I now realise I really love my husband who is caring and dependable. My husband says he might want me back eventually but is too hurt to trust me right now. I am devastated. I just want this...

What You Pay For (by Martha Crawford)

Therapy: What Are You Paying For? (Guest Blog from Martha Crawford) Every few years, I encounter a certain kind of wounded, fearful client who – in order to wiggle out of any vulnerability – attempts to hang onto their sense of power or privilege by insisting that the...

How do I find my dream woman?

I still haven’t found the woman of my dreams. Should I give in and join and online introduction agency? You are looking in the wrong place. There is only one place you will find the woman of your dreams and that is in your dreams. You think e are joking. But the truth...

How do I develop self-confidence?

I spend my life waiting on other people but now I think I need something for me. I have tried a few things but they haven’t worked out. I am one of those people who don’t seem to finish things. I am not very confident so I don’t know what to do or how to make it...

How to minimise the effect of separation on children

My wife wants a divorce because she has fallen out of love with me. She won’t get counseling or agree to a trial separation, but I would like counseling to help me cope with losing my wife and daughter. As I live in the country, where can I go for help? Also, how do I...
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