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We all know that we should exercise, eat sensibly, and generally take care of ourselves for good heart health. What might not be as clear is how good emotional health yields good health for the physical heart. With February being Heart Research month, it’s a great time to take a fresh look at how that happens. Love between the molecules There is exciting news! Groundbreaking research from the U.S. National Institute of Health has identified the biological mechanism that allows our emotional health to create good heart health. Candace Pert and her team have found a love affair going on within our ... Read More

Q. My fifteen year old daughter Julie comes home from school cranky and irritable all the time. She is a high achiever and is in year 11 at school this year. We feel like we are ‘walking on eggshells’ with her, and cannot say anything to her in case she yells at us. Julie used to be a beautiful, happy girl but she seems withdrawn and angry all the time now. I don’t know what to do. Please help. A. It is likely that being a high achiever means that Julie is in the habit of putting a great deal of ... Read More

You are working with a 65-year-old female client, Mary, who has been coming to see you for six months as she had grief and loss issues around having lost her only sibling, her brother and her husband in a space of a month apart (a year ago). She has a daughter and son who are both married and have two children each. They live in Sydney whilst she is in Brisbane. She has three close girlfriends whom she sees regularly. Mary has just been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer and has stated that although she is OK to undergo treatment, she ... Read More

Deciding to study with AIPC was the best decision I could have made. The process was easy and comfortable and the whole AIPC team were professional, encouraging, supportive and patient. At the time when I made the decision to go through AIPC and complete the counselling diploma I had no idea just how life changing it would be. I now get to do what I love. I get paid to support, listen to, and talk with people while they are navigating change in their lives, and to assist with facilitating change and growth, and to encourage them to be the ... Read More

Please, oh please, do not let the quest for an unrealistic, unattainable standard of so-called “beauty” define your summer. The days are getting longer and if you’re lucky, someone else in your house will be cleaning the barbie. All of this spells: SUMMER! But many Australians of both genders view this season with trepidation. It also means a time when warmer temperatures encourage us to dress with fewer layers, exposing more flesh. For those who possess a “summer body compulsion” as tightly worn as their bathing togs, summer can be a time of enormous stress, discouragement and angst. The internet on ... Read More

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