Family

A Problem Shared is a Problem Halved in Family Counselling

A Problem Shared is a Problem Halved in Family Counselling

2 min read

  I recently listened to a podcast by Dr Kate Owen, a clinical psychologist on the Gold Coast. She offered some interesting ideas around the ‘contagious nature’ of anxiety and other negative emotions. (Have you ever noticed how flat you feel after looking forward to a meet up with a friend who then ‘dumps’ all […]

Telling Stories in the Counselling Room

Telling Stories in the Counselling Room

5 min read

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. These are the opening words to Patrick Ness’ 2011 children’s fiction book, A Monster Calls. A recent visit to a book shop ended the way it often does for me – I go in with my thoughts and purse trained towards one particular book or author, […]

Productivity and Happiness: The ‘Snowball Effect’

Productivity and Happiness: The ‘Snowball Effect’

2 min read

The SKATTLE team have been having a lot of conversations recently around the relationship between productivity and happiness. There are bounds of studies and research into how these factors can have a positive effect on one’s work lifestyle. It has had the team wondering; do these factors interact in the family life, too? Many studies argue […]

How to Support Loved Ones

How to Support Loved Ones

2 min read

When we see someone we love going through a challenging time, we can feel a strong urge to do what we can to support them. However, we can sometimes find ourselves confused around how we can support loved ones, or we may even develop our own stresses by feeling responsible for the happiness of others. So […]

Three Tips To Get Yourself Heard (And Have Killer Conversations)

Three Tips To Get Yourself Heard (And Have Killer Conversations)

3 min read

I will be the first to admit that sometimes, I’m not the best at communication. More than once I’ve written a SKATTLE article, and upon proofreading it, wonder “What was I even talking about here?!” Sometimes I’ll be having a conversation with a friend and see them become totally lost in my rambles. Even though […]

Loss and Loneliness: Four Ways To Overcome Isolation

Loss and Loneliness: Four Ways To Overcome Isolation

2 min read

When we lose someone that we are close with, it can feel like our whole world has turned on its head. Whether a loved one has passed, a family has broken down, or we’ve been separated from those close to us, it can sometimes feel a hole has been left in our lives. For many […]

Sharing Stories with Others: The Benefits of Group Therapy

Sharing Stories with Others: The Benefits of Group Therapy

2 min read

At SKATTLE, a large portion of our work is done with groups. Be it in schools, community organisations, or at SKATTLE house, we love to bring individuals together to share stories. While people can see serious benefits when working one-on-one, we’ve found that our group work brings some unique therapeutic benefits to the table, particularly when […]