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Mental Work is the Australian podcast unpacking the challenges faced by early-career psychologists, so they don't have to go it alone. Hosted by Dr Bronwyn Milkins.

Mental Work Bronwyn Milkins

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    • 4.9 • 35 Ratings

Mental Work is the Australian podcast unpacking the challenges faced by early-career psychologists, so they don't have to go it alone. Hosted by Dr Bronwyn Milkins.

    How do I know if private practice is for me? (with Jordan Turner)

    How do I know if private practice is for me? (with Jordan Turner)

    Bron and Jordan chat about how to know if private practice is for you, and if you are ready for this big step! We discuss the financial aspects, practical skills needed, and the importance of good work-life boundaries. Jordan shares her recent journey of moving from group to solo practice, and Bron offers her perspective from the past three years of being a solo private practitioner. Enjoy!

    Guest: Jordan Turner, Educational & Developmental Psychologist Registrar

    LINKS


    Jordan's private practice!
    If you loved this episode, you'll probably like these previous eps too! Starting Out in Private Practice, How Much Can You Earn in Private Practice?, When the Therapist Ends Therapy

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    Mental Work is your companion to early-career psychology, hosted by Dr Bronwyn Milkins.

    Love the podcast? Please rate & review on Apple and Spotify.

    Support the show by buying me a virtual coffee ☕

    Sponsor the show for $2 a month on Patreon

    Facebook / Instagram / YouTube (with captions & transcript) / Website / Apply to be a guest / Email Bron

    CREDITS

    Producer: Michael English

    Music: Home

    Disclaimer: The Mental Work podcast adheres to the APS Code of Ethics and relevant legislation. It provides educational, informational, and entertainment content. Content should not be considered a replacement for professional consultation or therapy. The Mental Work podcast is not a psychological service and being a listener or participant does not establish a therapeutic relationship.

    Opinions expressed are personal and subject to change, and do not represent those of any affiliated organisation. Efforts are made to ensure accuracy, but opinions may not always align with fact. Listeners are encouraged to thoughtfully assess the information presented and report any inaccuracies or concerns via email. Further information can be found here.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 50 min
    Working therapeutically with young children (with Kate Christie)

    Working therapeutically with young children (with Kate Christie)

    Bron and Kate chat about the challenges and rewards of working therapeutically with children under the age of 10. 👉🏼 Kate shares her journey into child psychology 👉🏾 Innovative therapeutic techniques such as Lego therapy 👉🏿 How to maintain boundaries and confidentiality in sensitive family situations 👉 The importance of liking and understanding children 👉🏻 Practical advice for early-career psychologists interested in this area of practice.

    Guest: Kate Christie, Child and Adolescent Psychologist

    LINKS


    Kate's Instagram: @katechristiepsychology
    Kate's previous Mental Work episodes on Therapist Perfectionism and Surviving 'Nothing' Sessions
    YouTube clip: Dr Dan Siegel's 'Hand Model of the Brain'
    Book: Creative ways to help children manage big feelings by Dr Fiona Zandt and Dr Suzanne Barrett (I LOVE this book!)
    Books: No Drama Discipline and The Whole Brain Child by Dr Dan Siegel

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    Mental Work is your companion to early-career psychology, hosted by Dr Bronwyn Milkins.

    Love the podcast? Please rate & review on Apple and Spotify.

    Support the show by buying me a virtual coffee ☕

    Sponsor the show for $2 a month on Patreon

    Facebook / Instagram / YouTube (with captions & transcript) / Website / Apply to be a guest / Email Bron

    CREDITS

    Producer: Michael English

    Music: Home
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 44 min
    What is music therapy? (with Brede Davis)

    What is music therapy? (with Brede Davis)

    Bron and Brede chat about MUSIC THERAPY! 🎶 We discuss 👉🏽 Who music therapy can help 👉🏻 How creativity is therapeutic 👉 How to become a Registered Music Therapist 👉🏿 Common misconceptions about music therapy aaand 👉🏾 Practical advice for psychologists interested in incorporating music into their therapeutic practices.

    Guest: Brede Davis, Registered Music Therapist & Co-Chair of the Australian Music Therapy Association's Culture and Diversity Advisory Group

    LINKS


    Brede's Instagram: @contemporarycognition
    What is music therapy?

    THE END BITS

    Mental Work is your companion to early-career psychology, hosted by Dr Bronwyn Milkins.

    Love the podcast? Please rate & review on Apple and Spotify.

    Support the show by buying me a virtual coffee ☕

    Sponsor the show for $2 a month on Patreon

    Facebook / Instagram / YouTube (with captions & transcript) / Website / Apply to be a guest / Email Bron

    CREDITS

    Producer: Michael English

    Music: Home
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 54 min
    Working effectively with teens (with Marie Vakakis)

    Working effectively with teens (with Marie Vakakis)

    Bron and Marie explore how to work effectively with teenage clients. We cover 👉🏽 The importance of getting to the root cause of behaviours like vaping or excessive phone-use 👉🏻 Managing parents' expectations 👉 Ethical complexities when working with young people 👉🏿 TikTok self-diagnosis 👉🏾 Ways to build rapport with teens. I learned HEAPS when recording this ep, and I hope you do too!

    Guest: Marie Vakakis, Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (AMHSW) and Family & Couples Therapist at The Therapy Hub

    LINKS


    Marie's previous episodes on Family Therapy: The basics and an intro to relational dynamics and Feeling Confident Working with Parents.
    Marie's podcast "This Complex Life" where she delves into the messiness of wellbeing and relationships.

    THE END BITS

    Mental Work is your companion to early-career psychology, hosted by Dr Bronwyn Milkins.

    Love the podcast? Please rate & review on Apple and Spotify.

    Support the show by buying me a virtual coffee ☕

    Sponsor the show for $2 a month on Patreon

    Facebook / Instagram / YouTube (with captions & transcript) / Website / Apply to be a guest / Email Bron

    CREDITS

    Producer: Michael English

    Music: Home
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 45 min
    Bringing joy and play back into your work day (with Rebecca Black)

    Bringing joy and play back into your work day (with Rebecca Black)

    Bron and Rebecca explore all things joy, play, and fun! They chat about the importance of joy for sustainability in our careers, the common challenges of therapist schemas like self-sacrifice and unrelenting standards, and practical ways that therapists can bring joy into their work to keep burnout at bay. This was a delightful chat and I definitely felt ready to make more space for joy and play in my daily life by the end!

    Guest: Rebecca Black, Clinical Psychologist at Nourish, Heal & Grow Psychology & Coach at Sustainable Therapists

    LINKS


    Rebecca's previous episode on Building a Sustainable Career in Psychology
    Videos of dogs with big sticks: Bosco and his Big Stick Energy, Dog Wins with Big Stick, Dog Obsessed with Big Sticks 

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    Mental Work is your companion to early-career psychology, hosted by Dr Bronwyn Milkins.

    Love the podcast? Please rate & review on Apple and Spotify.

    Support the show by buying me a virtual coffee ☕

    Sponsor the show for $2 a month on Patreon

    Facebook / Instagram / YouTube (with captions & transcript) / Website / Apply to be a guest / Email Bron

    CREDITS

    Producer: Michael English

    Music: Home
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 37 min
    Rethinking Borderline Personality Disorder and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

    Rethinking Borderline Personality Disorder and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

    Bron chats with Matthew about Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and its application for folks diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). We dive into the stigma surrounding BPD and discuss how reframing BPD as a trauma response can help us to be more compassionate practitioners. Matthew explains the core components of DBT, the importance of a supportive therapeutic relationship, and his favourite DBT strategies.

    Guest: Matthew Jackson, Intensively Trained DBT Psychologist.

    LINKS


    Online training in DBT
    DBT Skills Training Manual for Therapists
    Neurodivergent-friendly workbook of DBT skills by Sonny Jane Wise
    Dialectical Behaviour Skills Workbook
    Research articles: A Systematic Review of the Association Between Early Childhood Trauma and Borderline Personality Disorder (2023)
    Research article: The Role of Trauma in Early Onset Borderline Personality Disorder: A Biopsychosocial Perspective (2021)
    Research article: Multiple and Interpersonal Trauma are Risk Factors for both Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder: A Systematic Review (2019)

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    Mental Work is your companion to early-career psychology, hosted by Dr Bronwyn Milkins.

    Love the podcast? Please rate & review on Apple and Spotify.

    Support the show by buying me a virtual coffee ☕

    Sponsor the show for $2 a month on Patreon

    Facebook / Instagram / YouTube (with captions & transcript) / Website / Apply to be a guest / Email Bron

    CREDITS

    Producer: Michael English

    Music: Home
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

NSeanne ,

Fantastic resource for Early Stage Australian Psychologist

I am finding this podcast so helpful and really appreciate having an Australian source of information. I have particularly valued the early sessions discussing the financial aspects of establishing a private practice. Thank you so much for the honesty and transparency in providing detailed costs involved in running a private practice! Much appreciated!

Reggieman1 ,

Great work

I love this podcast - so many interesting voices and experiences.

Roxyjuliet14 ,

Thank you

I have just finished my fifth year master’s in psychology. I wish I had listened to this podcast before doing my placement. I am now looking forward to listening to every episode. I have learned so much. Fantastic wisdom. Thank you!!

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