Taming Insomnia

By Melanie Birch

In my last article, I talked about the importance of sleep and gave some tips for healthy sleep habits that we can all follow. If you missed it, pop over to our website and open the Festive Season 2016 newsletter (http://www.elkanahcounselling.com.au/newsletters.html ).

Understanding Your Teenager

By Manuela Barichello

"Understanding your teenager’s “sudden” search for identity and independence without butting heads… you can survive this and even enjoy the process!" 

How does identity form…and how do we know who we are?

The Pride of the Quiet Achiever

By John Andersen

Pride gets a lot of bad press.  We react badly to people who are arrogant, boastful, and “full of themselves.”  So we have lost sight of the way a sense of pride can motivate us to be our best.

On Forgiving Ourselves

By John Andersen

Guilt is an emotional place of accountability. We experience guilt when we realise we are accountable to others or to ourselves for our actions. Guilt truly testifies that no person is an island. We all live in relationship with others, and with relationship comes accountability and with accountability comes guilt.


By Rob Postlethwaite

Wikipedia defines guilt as “.. a cognitive or an emotional experience that occurs when a person realizes or believes – accurately or not – that he or she has compromised his or her own standards of conduct or has violated a moral standard and bears significant responsibility for that violation.

We Are All Humans After All

We are all humans. We all laugh, we all cry, we all fear, we all hate. Simply put, we all love and we all need to be loved.

We all will suffer from emotional pain

We are all humans. We all think, we all feel, and we all will suffer from emotional pain arising from loss, loneliness, failures, misunderstandings and rejection.

Colouring For Adults

There is a new sensation on the block: colouring for adults. While it’s been in existence for several decades, in the last few years its popularity has exploded and shows no signs of slowing for some time.

Busting the “I always have to be happy!” myth.

Have you noticed how often we feel that, “If I am not happy, something is wrong”? I mean, after all, we have never been so well off. We live in an era of affluence, comfort, prosperity and plenty that is unparalleled in human history. Yet, our age is known as the age of anxiety. And we are hearing more and more of the increasing extent of violence, depression, stress and anxiety. Something does not compute....

Postnatal health and wellbeing

Having a baby is a major event in your life. Your whole world is turned upside down, your priorities change, your habits change, and your perspective changes. It can be an enormous challenge to adjust to these changes all at once.

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