14 episodes

Join Dr. Amanda Ferguson, psychologist and published author as she discusses a range of topics including personal and work issues, relationships, professional and personal development, performance and more. Sharing her insights along side a variety of guests, the Pysch for Life podcast is your insight into mental health, psychology and life.

Psych for Life with Dr. Amanda Ferguson Dr. Amanda Ferguson

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

Join Dr. Amanda Ferguson, psychologist and published author as she discusses a range of topics including personal and work issues, relationships, professional and personal development, performance and more. Sharing her insights along side a variety of guests, the Pysch for Life podcast is your insight into mental health, psychology and life.

    Work Burnout: Understanding the burnout beast

    Work Burnout: Understanding the burnout beast

    Since the pandemic of 2020, work burnout has become an increasingly prevalent issue, affecting employees and organisations across the globe. Our every day and work life are more intermingled than ever before and the effects on our mental health can be devastating. As a global expert in work engagement and having investigated the related construct of burnout, I share how to recognise the signs of burnout and what you can do to replenish your resources before it is too late. I also discuss the relationship and responsibilities between employers and employees in managing and preventing burnout. With so many people now working remotely or under increased pressure, it is more important now more than ever that we understand, face and tame the burnout beast.

    To find out more about Dr. Amanda Ferguson, you can visit her website at www.dramandaferguson.com.au
    Or connect with her on Facebook or LinkedIn

    • 51 min
    'Addiction as Trauma's Shadow' Understanding and managing addiction with psychiatrist Dr. Bruce Lachter

    'Addiction as Trauma's Shadow' Understanding and managing addiction with psychiatrist Dr. Bruce Lachter

    In this episode, Dr. Amanda Ferguson takes a deep dive into understanding addiction and its connection to trauma with practicing psychiatrist of over 20 years, Dr. Bruce Lachter. Dr. Bruce explores this correlation and the similarities between the two as he explains that addiction is often the 'echo' of trauma and discusses the complicated issues surrounding addiction and its effects. Dr. Bruce shares his psychodynamic view of addiction as well as many resources to further our understanding including his recommended readings of:
    - V. S. Ramachandran: The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human
    - Iain Mcgilchrist: The Master and His Emissary
    - Edward J. Khantzian: Understanding Addiction as Self Medication
    - Matthew Walker: Why We Sleep
    - Mark Lewis: The Biology of Desire - Why Addiction Is Not a Disease
    - Gabor Mate: In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

    To get in touch with Dr. Bruce Lachter you can contact him at his private practice on +61 2 8065 8377
    And you can find his novel 'A Break in the Wall' on Amazon

    To find out more about Dr. Amanda Ferguson, you can visit her website at www.dramandaferguson.com.au
    Or connect with her on Facebook or LinkedIn

    • 1 hr 12 min
    The era of uncertainty and how we can regain balance through adaptability and resilience

    The era of uncertainty and how we can regain balance through adaptability and resilience

    The year 2020 not only brought us the start of a new decade but also began the era of uncertainty. We faced many challenges and changes over the year including natural disasters, race riots, political unrest, economic downturns and the worldwide spread of Covid-19. As we enter 2021, many of these crises follow us into the new year and with them the unknown of what is to come.

    However, history and our own evolution shows us that as human beings, adaptability and resilience are in our nature and by restoring the balance in our lives and further developing these skills we can manage and even turn adversity into opportunity.

    In this episode, I discuss what is intolerance of uncertainty and provide some guidance on what we can do to manage the internal elements of our lives and protect our mental health as we navigate these uncertain times.

    To find out more about Dr. Amanda Ferguson, you can visit her website at www.dramandaferguson.com.au
    Or connect with her on Facebook or LinkedIn

    • 16 min
    ‘Music as medicine’ The healing powers of music for health and happiness with international composer Ken Davis

    ‘Music as medicine’ The healing powers of music for health and happiness with international composer Ken Davis

    International composer Ken Davis has performed at the Sydney Opera House and is known as the first and most successful new age music composer, a major pioneer in ambient music and now creates music for relaxation and healing. In this episode we discuss how music and the mind body connection can help to heal us from trauma, anxiety and stress. As a world famous artist, Ken has collaborated with medical facilities and contributed to the design and ambience of the Healing Rooms at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, Australia. We discuss how music can be used as an effective therapy and outlet for emotions as well as having many physiological benefits. Ken demonstrates with one of his beautiful crystal bowls the power of this ancient vibrational music and its cognitive stimulus.

    To find out more about Ken Davis and his music, you can visit his website www.kendavismusic.com

    To find out more about Dr. Amanda Ferguson, you can visit her website at www.dramandaferguson.com.au
    Or connect with her on Facebook or LinkedIn

    • 44 min
    Cohabitating and diversity within our communities with Australian Federal Member and psychologist Dr. Fiona Martin

    Cohabitating and diversity within our communities with Australian Federal Member and psychologist Dr. Fiona Martin

    In this episode, Dr. Amanda Ferguson is joined by the Honourable Dr. Fiona Martin, an Australian Federal Member of Parliament and psychologist who specialised in helping children with learning, developmental and behavioural difficulties. As the first female Liberal member elected for Reid, a vibrant example of harmonious multiculturalism located in the inner Western suburbs of Sydney, Dr. Fiona Martin directly contributes to this cohabitation and diversity within her community. With coronavirus and its resulting effect on the local economy effecting one-and-all in the electorate of Reid, Dr. Martin shares with us how she has used her experience and knowledge as a psychologist, small business owner and grand-daughter of migrants to help bring her community together in these challenging times.

    To contact Dr. Fiona Martin you can call her office on 02 9715 7444, or email fiona.martin.mp@aph.gov.au

    To find out more about Dr. Amanda Ferguson, you can visit her website at www.dramandaferguson.com.au
    Or connect with her on Facebook or LinkedIn

    • 31 min
    The miracle of birth and the empowerment of women in the birthing world with doula Jackie Barker

    The miracle of birth and the empowerment of women in the birthing world with doula Jackie Barker

    Jacki Barker is a Sydney based midwife turned doula with a background in psychology. She shares her experiences and insight into the world of birthing and how women can become empowered through this experience with the right supports in place. As a birth activist, Jacki is passionate about giving mums-to-be as much choice as possible and has helped countless women in her experience as both a midwife and a doula. As we delve in to the secret world of birthing it is fascinating to discover how the mind reacts to such a physical and transformative experience and how no two births are ever quite the same.

    To contact Jacki Barker please visit www.lovecherub.com or you can follow her on instagram at @lovecherubdoula.

    To find out more about Dr. Amanda Ferguson, you can visit her website at www.dramandaferguson.com.au
    Or connect with her on Facebook or LinkedIn

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

alexish99 ,

Fantastic podcasts

I found the resilience podcast so informative and easy to listen to, while providing some ‘real life’ ideas to help me navigate the dynamic and challenging environment we find ourselves in. Looking forward to listening to the other podcasts!

Margie-336 ,

Evidence-based, practical and engaging.

Top-quality, engaging information from a source you can trust Amanda delivers sophisticated psychological concepts in a digestible informative format with her soothing voice. Information is thoroughly researched, and listeners are given tools to apply strategies straight away. Do yourself a favour in 2021 - listen and grow wiser and stronger.

Merran Regan ,

Dr Amanda Ferguson - Psyche For Life

Amanda has a relaxed, easy tone and she gives great advice for life situations in a warm, calm way. I have found her podcasts to be helpful, informative, educational and interesting.

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