Bayside Psychotherapy: News and Opinion

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Submitted by Adam Szmerling on 22nd Feb 2016

Update: position filled.

Qualified hypnotherapist and counsellor, ready for a change? Subcontractor arrangement, join our lovely new rooms in Bentleigh (near East Brighton).

Negotiable hours, preferably evenings and weekends, to be fixed (not variable).

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Submitted by Adam Szmerling on 15th Jun 2015

When we get asked “does hypnotherapy work?” (as we do innumerable times) a torrent of assumptions underpin the question. Typically we appreciate the wishful element in such a question but, in general, we recommend a healthy sense of scepticism. Recently, Bayside Psychotherapy received a visit by an intelligent, young Google employee for a survey. He also posed the question while voicing his...

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Submitted by Adam Szmerling on 17th Apr 2015

Mindfulness meditation has gained enormous popularity in the last decade and is now being offered as a ‘self help’ or therapy method. It has also been incorporated into mainstream psychological treatments, namely CBT, despite mindfulness and CBT coming from completely different ideological frameworks (interestingly, it sometimes appears proponents of mindfulness are...

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Submitted by Adam Szmerling on 9th Jan 2015

Bayside Psychotherapy represent a passionate team of diverse therapists who work with a variety of problems, and increasingly, are treating more and more patients complaining about poor impulse control concerning their binge drinking and its associated problems. We have written about the impact of binge drinking, at least in Australia, previously, and have been published...

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Submitted by Adam Szmerling on 22nd Oct 2014

What is germ phobia?

Sometimes articulated as Mysophobia (Germophobia), a germ phobia characterises a disproportionate emotional arousal in response to a thought associated with contamination through contact with germs (whether real or imagined). Germophobia is often thought to arise in some instances of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) however it’s possible to also have...

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Submitted by Adam Szmerling on 8th Oct 2014

A little known condition called trichotillomania (otherwise known as compulsive hair pulling) was once thought of as rare. This is no longer the case with estimates ranging from 0.6% to 3.4 % (Christenson, Pyle, & Mitchell, 1991). This means that approximately 285,000 individuals in the state of Victoria have firsthand experience of hair pulling. This psychological disorder is taken...

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Submitted by Adam Szmerling on 7th Oct 2014

Anxiety Stories: Inspirational Interviews

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Submitted by Adam Szmerling on 3rd Oct 2014

Anxiety disorders manifest through many different symptoms, and one of these can be mysophobia (aka germophobia). It is an issue that is more common than you may have realised, one which often leads to disrupted lives with increased levels of stress and anxiety. In order to find out more about this condition from the inside out, we have spoken with Ann Santori, a writer from Chicago who has...

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Submitted by Adam Szmerling on 29th Sep 2014

Although there are many aspects to anxiety disorders, one of the most debilitating can be panic attacks. We have spoken with Kayleigh Johnson about her experiences with anxiety and panic attacks, and she has given us an insider view of how it has affected her everyday life. We hope that Kayleigh’s story can show how anxiety can affect anyone, from any walk of life and how her courage in...

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Submitted by Adam Szmerling on 19th Sep 2014

Anxiety disorders are an issue that can affect anyone. Even those who seem to be the most courageous, strong willed and outgoing people that you know can have days when they have trouble leaving the house. Professional adventurer, John Cantor, has work stresses that can trigger anxiety at the least opportune times, disrupting work and day to day activities.  In this interview John shares...

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