The Effectiveness of Animal-Assisted Intervention in the treatment of ...

IntroductionChildren with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often experience rejection by their peers, which could result in problem behaviours and over time, impact their physical and mental health. One treatment practice for children with ASD involves the use of animals in therapeutic activities ...

Jul 4

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders, Developmental Disorders (Autism, ...

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A Teaspoon of Novelty can Change Your Life

”When people are inspired , they have more brain real-estate” –  Says Julia Volkman of BrainBasics in this excellent article on ...

Jun 24

Categories: Happiness, Learning Difficulties, Positive Psychology

Written By:
Anoushka Beh

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The "De-selfing" Phenomenon

In a group therapy session, a woman was asked what she enjoyed doing. Her name was Maria, who shared: "There is not anything I enjoyed doing. My whole life was taking care of my husband. I wanted to do what he desired. I was always there for him no matter how I felt. I listened for hours on ...

May 10

Categories: Relationships & Marriage, Self-Care / Self Compassion, ...

Written By:
Dr. Angelo Subida, Psychotherapist

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'How can you think like that? You drive me crazy!' How your ...

Do you find yourself arguing with your partner over a messy kitchen? Or perhaps feel frustrated because you are always the one planning your couple or family activities? Maybe you love to mingle at a party but feel irritated when your partner prefers to sit in the corner?It can be hard at times to ...

May 6

Categories: Relationships & Marriage

Written By:
Jessica Lamb, Relationship Matters

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Boost Your Happiness and Beat the Blues in 3 Easy Steps

I believe strongly that Happiness is Our Birthright. Yet so many of us, myself included, have days where we feel really bogged down by the pressures we might have at home or work, by ruminations on the past and concerns about the future. We wake up worried about the things we need to complete over ...

Apr 20

Categories: Emotional Intelligence, Happiness, Self-Confidence

Written By:
Anoushka Beh

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Dyscalculia or Math Difficulties?

Excerpt from “Dyscalculia – a Mathematics Disorder- and Math Difficulties in Singapore” (Faber, 2014)Case of Susan:I was not assessed for Dyscalculia until I was about 17 years old; I went for this assessment on my accord as I wanted to find out. During all my years in Primary and Secondary schools, no teachers had recommended ...

Apr 17

Categories: Dyscalculia

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Growing Old Without Getting Too Anxious

On Sunday afternoons, in a Thai restaurant, I normally take time to sit down with and talk to this group of aging men about life. It's interesting that they listen a lot to me even when I'm not yet a "senior citizen!" Growing older fills their minds. Yet they seem to feel ...

Apr 10

Categories: Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions, Adult psychological ...

Written By:
Dr. Angelo Subida, Psychotherapist

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Talking to Our Emotive Brain

A lot of the work that we do as therapists involves helping clients to become more comfortable with and aware of their ‘less-than-comfortable’ emotions – and indeed some of my articles before this one have addressed the importance of learning to become more open to negative ...

Apr 7

Categories: Emotional Intelligence, Positive Psychology, Self-Care / Self ...

Written By:
Anoushka Beh

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Increased mortality rate in ADHD: effect of age when diagnosed and ...

A study just published online in the prestigious medical journal Lancet (Dalsgaard et al, 2015) has for first time obtained substantive evidence of an increased mortality rate in persons with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The study by Dalsgaard and his colleagues at Aarhus ...

Apr 2

Categories: Addictions, Adult ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ...

Written By:
Brian Scott

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Introduction to Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a goal directed intervention whereby a trained animal is incorporated into the therapeutic process, promoting the improvement of human’s physical, social, emotional and/or cognitive functioning. 1AAT is a therapeutic tool that can be utilized in the ...

Mar 16

Categories: Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions, Anger Management, Anxiety, ...

Written By:
Maureen Huang, MSW, AASW

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The Compulsion To Repeat

As I write this, I'm in a fitness first gym taking drinks in the lounge area. The place is so pleasant with lots of wonderful facilities and staff. Yet when I'm on the treadmill or walking around thinking of seeking assistance, I'd sort of catastrophize: "What if the treadmill ...

Feb 10

Categories: Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues, Child Development, Parenting

Written By:
Dr. Angelo Subida, Psychotherapist

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Hardwiring Happiness - A Psychologist's Musings on her own Journey ...

I wake up this morning and don’t feel quite right - I can't quite put my finger on it at the moment, but already I have a niggling feeling this is going to be a difficult morning.My daughter was up all night with a runny nose and ended up sleeping most of the night in my bed - I on the ...

Feb 10

Categories: Happiness, Positive Psychology, Self-Care / Self Compassion

Written By:
Anoushka Beh

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The Neuro-chemistry of Positive Conversations

Think about the last time you had a really good conversation with a friend. How did this conversation make you feel? What thoughts did you have while you were having it and what emotions did you leave the conversation feeling?  Now think about the last time you had a negative conversation- ...

Feb 6

Categories: Positive Psychology, Relationships & Marriage, Workplace Issues

Written By:
Anoushka Beh

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Self-Sabotage : Are You Getting in the way of Your Own Happiness and ...

It’s not uncommon in therapy for me to work with clients who desperately want to achieve a personal goal – such as to be in a fulfilling relationship, save more money, lose weight, or find a dream job – yet somehow find themselves engaging in behaviours and beliefs which ...

Jan 13

Categories: Happiness, Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance, Self-Care / Self ...

Written By:
Anoushka Beh

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Year-End Mental Health Prescription

Time to visit your thoughts. That would be my mental health prescription for you this year-end. It's a most essential thing you can do as the holidays wind up.Oh yes, your Christmas and New Year's parties and gifts and foods may have been special. The songs ... the smiles ... the smells ... ...

Jan 1

Categories: Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance, Mental Health in Asia, ...

Written By:
Dr. Angelo Subida, Psychotherapist

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