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Conversations with mental health experts. We speak to psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, doctors, therapists and more. Their stories highlight the importance of thinking and talking about the mind - both for ourselves and to better understand those close to us.

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Conversations with mental health experts. We speak to psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, doctors, therapists and more. Their stories highlight the importance of thinking and talking about the mind - both for ourselves and to better understand those close to us.

Submit episode questions to www.talklink.com.au/podcast

    Depression and Anxiety with Prof Blashki of Beyond Blue

    Depression and Anxiety with Prof Blashki of Beyond Blue

    As a GP with over 25 years of experience and the lead clinical advisor for the not for profit organisation Beyond Blue, Prof. Grant knows a thing or two about depression, anxiety and the human experience.
    Grant is an Associate Professor at the Nossal Institute and the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne. He is an Honorary Professor at Luohu Hospital Group in Shenzhen, China and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
    Prof. Grant’s research has three themes: General Practice/Primary Care, Sustainability and Mental Health. He has co-authored 125+ publications in peer reviewed journals, six books and more than 20 government/policy reports. He has co-convened conferences about GP Psychiatry in Australia, Italy and Israel and leads the Master of Public Health subject, Environmental Challenges and Global Health.
    In our conversation we discuss depression, anxiety, social media and much more. With Prof. Grant’s experience as a GP and his extensive exposure to the voices of those struggling through a mental health battles Prof. Grant offers many insights and reflections and pointers to the amazing resources available.
    Some links from our chat:
    http://www.blashki.com (links to all of Prof. Grant's books, publications and other podcasts can be found here)
    https://www.futureleaders.com.au/book_chapters/Climate-Health-and-Courage/Susie-Burke-and-Grant-Blashki.php (we talked about this a little offline, not enough to include in the podcast but climate change mental health impacts is a trending area and a big issue for many people, in this chapter Prof Grant shares some great insights into this topic).
    For emergency support contact:
    000 for police, ambulance or fire services 
    13 11 14 for Lifeline, a crisis support and suicide prevention service for all Australians
    1300 726 306 Perinatal Anxiety and Depression (PANDA) National Helpline
    03 9935 7400 GriefLine National Helpline
    1800 250 015 Alcohol and Drug Support Line
    1800 858 858 National Gambling Help Line
    1300 22 46 36 Beyond Blue

    • 48 min
    BONUS Guided Mindfulness with Anna Davies

    BONUS Guided Mindfulness with Anna Davies

    A guided mindfulness meditation episode with mindfulness expert Anna Davies.

    • 13 min
    Mindfulness with Anna Davies

    Mindfulness with Anna Davies

    Anna Davies is a Psychologist, Mindfulness Trainer and Yoga and Meditation Teacher. Anna runs a private practice called Ubuntu Wellness. Ubuntu is a South African philosophy which states that “I am who I am because of who we all are”.
     
    Ubuntu speaks of the very essence of being human; our capacity for openness, understanding, respect and compassion. Human beings are social creatures; we influence each other, depend on each other and can grow and expand together in the most powerful ways. This philosophy guides much of Anna’s works and it is her belief that by finding peace within ourselves, we allow ourselves to be in peace with the world around us. 
     
    You can connect with Anna via her website ubuntuwellness.com.au/
     
    For emergency support contact:
    000 for police, ambulance or fire services 
    13 11 14 for Lifeline, a crisis support and suicide prevention service for all Australians
    1300 726 306 Perinatal Anxiety and Depression (PANDA) National Helpline
    03 9935 7400 GriefLine National Helpline
    1800 250 015 Alcohol and Drug Support Line
    1800 858 858 National Gambling Help Line
    1300 22 46 36 Beyond Blue

    • 56 min
    BONUS Dissociative Identity Disorders with Dr. Melissa Harte

    BONUS Dissociative Identity Disorders with Dr. Melissa Harte

    Dr. Harte is a leader and educator of Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), an evidenced based therapy mainly used to help people with emotional injury and trauma. Building on the conversation we had with Tara Hicks, Dr. Harte walks us through the identification of emotions during therapy (there are 7 primary emotions, sadness, joy, anger, fear, disgust, interest/curiosity and shame). Dr. Harte explains how a trained therapist emotionally tunes into the feelings of their clients and helps process what they are feeling as well as using other queues to identify the emotions that someone may be experiencing. For example fear is felt in the solarplex, a restriction in your throat represents words unsaid, weight or pain in your heart represents sadness and a churning or bloating of the stomach is often associated with disgust. Dr. Harte explains how, once identified she can help her clients re-attach meaning to past events and change the future emotional response someone may have as a result of a past trauma.
    Dr. Harte new book for clinicians is an excellent professional resource: “Processing Emotional Pain Using Emotion Focused Therapy, A Guide to Safely Working with and Resolving Emotional Injuries and Trauma.”
     
    Find Dr. Harte at https://www.melissahartepsychology.com.au/
     
    For emergency support contact:
    000 for police, ambulance or fire services 
    13 11 14 for Lifeline, a crisis support and suicide prevention service for all Australians
    1300 726 306 Perinatal Anxiety and Depression (PANDA) National Helpline
    03 9935 7400 GriefLine National Helpline
    1800 250 015 Alcohol and Drug Support Line
    1800 858 858 National Gambling Help Line
    1300 22 46 36 Beyond Blue

    • 20 min
    Emotion Focused Therapy with Dr. Melissa Harte

    Emotion Focused Therapy with Dr. Melissa Harte

    Dr. Harte is a leader and educator of Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), an evidenced based therapy mainly used to help people with emotional injury and trauma. Building on the conversation we had with Tara Hicks, Dr. Harte walks us through the identification of emotions during therapy (there are 7 primary emotions, sadness, joy, anger, fear, disgust, interest/curiosity and shame). Dr. Harte explains how a trained therapist emotionally tunes into the feelings of their clients and helps process what they are feeling as well as using other queues to identify the emotions that someone may be experiencing. For example fear is felt in the solarplex, a restriction in your throat represents words unsaid, weight or pain in your heart represents sadness and a churning or bloating of the stomach is often associated with disgust. Dr. Harte explains how, once identified she can help her clients re-attach meaning to past events and change the future emotional response someone may have as a result of a past trauma.
    Dr. Harte new book for clinicians is an excellent professional resource: “Processing Emotional Pain Using Emotion Focused Therapy, A Guide to Safely Working with and Resolving Emotional Injuries and Trauma.”
     
    Find Dr. Harte at https://www.melissahartepsychology.com.au/
     
    For emergency support contact:
    000 for police, ambulance or fire services 
    13 11 14 for Lifeline, a crisis support and suicide prevention service for all Australians
    1300 726 306 Perinatal Anxiety and Depression (PANDA) National Helpline
    03 9935 7400 GriefLine National Helpline
    1800 250 015 Alcohol and Drug Support Line
    1800 858 858 National Gambling Help Line
    1300 22 46 36 Beyond Blue

    • 45 min
    What Are Emotions with Tara Hicks

    What Are Emotions with Tara Hicks

    All of us experience a varying degree of hardship over a lifetime. When this hardship evokes emotion that is too intense for us to handle it can cause emotional injury to the brain. This emotional injury is known as trauma.
    Trauma falls into one of two categories, including little ‘t’ traumas (disruption to a healthy bond between a parent and a child, loss of a significant relationship, bullying, harassment, or other non-life-threatening events) and Big ‘T’ traumas (abuse, neglect, violence and other life-threatening events).
    Although Big ‘T’ traumas are life threatening events, little ‘t’ traumas should not be dismissed. Research has shown that in some cases repeated exposure to little ‘t’ traumas, can cause more psychological damage than a single Big “T” traumatic event.
    If left untreated emotional injury to the brain can contribute to psychological symptoms and diagnosis, particularly if it occurred during important periods of brain development such as early childhood and adolescence.
    Tara Hicks focuses in a treatment model, which is a little like emotional surgery, called Emotion Focused Therapy. Hear how, in just the right conditions, Tara can identify emotional injury caused by little ‘t’ or Big ‘T’ trauma and help her clients to re-process the emotion associated with the traumatic memory. Sceptical? We were too but this is an evidence-based treatment style and Tara shares some pretty amazing case studies.
    Find Tara at her clinic in Beaumaris - www.mindedpsychology.com.au 
     
    For emergency support contact:
    000 for police, ambulance or fire services 
    13 11 14 for Lifeline, a crisis support and suicide prevention service for all Australians
    1300 726 306 Perinatal Anxiety and Depression (PANDA) National Helpline
    03 9935 7400 GriefLine National Helpline
    1800 250 015 Alcohol and Drug Support Line
    1800 858 858 National Gambling Help Line
    1300 22 46 36 Beyond Blue

    • 38 min

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