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Margaret McDonald Clinical Psychologist Brisbane can offer you a variety of psychology resources to help improve your life. The Brisbane Northside psychology practice features a library with useful books and tools to improve emotional wellbeing. By providing resources to use at home, a faster resolution of your problems is possible.

Margaret’s approach to psychology is to:

Work with you during your sessions and provide you with the resources necessary to continue your progress at home.

Give you the skills to move forward and empower your life so you can deal with your problems more effectively in the future.

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July 9, 2019

Dyslexia Explained Video

Dyslexia is a specific learning difference. Children with dyslexia have trouble reading and writing, and often fall behind their peers as they progress through the earlier grades. Dyslexia can cause…
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July 9, 2019

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Margaret McDonald Clinical Psychologist Brisbane offers a variety of proven ways to assist with your particular problems and issues. These therapies include: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which aims to change the…
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Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety can be experienced in many different ways and can occur in many types of situations. What generally causes sufferers to seek help are the physical symptoms such as feelings…
The Black Dog – DepressionResources
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The Black Dog – Depression

At its worst, depression can be a frightening, debilitating condition. Millions of people around the world live with depression. Many of these individuals and their families are afraid to talk…
Family conflict. Young couple after quarrel in living room at homeResources
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Anger Management

From mild frustration to full blown rage, we all experience it at some point or another. Anger is a natural feeling and managing it is important for emotional, psychological and…
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Depression

Sadness or feeling down for a short time is a normal part of life. Often your mood picks up when support from family or friends is present or there is…
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Is my anger out of control?

Anger is a normal emotion that everyone feels at times, but sometimes it can be expressed in harmful ways. It is important that you become aware of how your anger…
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What is Hypnosis?

Many people think that hypnosis is like sleep or that you “pass out” and are not conscious. This is far from the truth since in hypnosis you are not unconscious…
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Child Anger Management

We all feel angry from time to time. Since we were toddlers, anger has been a normal response to frustration, disappointment and stress. Anger can be a useful emotion; it…
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Dealing with Parental Divorce

Separation and divorce is a stressful even for children. Sometimes in the storm of adult emotions, children’s needs fall through the cracks. Children may display their grief as sadness or…
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Asperger’s Syndrome

Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) or High Functioning Autism (HFA) are disorders that fall along the Autism continuum. Many professionals believe that AS is different to Autism in that there is little…
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Child Self Esteem

Self-esteem is the shield we send our children out into the world with. It is liking themselves and feeling like they have a place in the world where they belong.…
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Child Trauma

Trauma seems to be one of those ‘buzzwords’ that are thrown around without thinking. Everything is claimed to be traumatic, from having a teacher call on you in class to…
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Parenting Issues

You are your child’s first and most important teacher. You teach your child their morals and values, you lead by example and you instill in them their place in the…
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Social Problems

It’s a shame, but we don’t come into this world with the social skills that we need to succeed. As parents, we teach our children how to interact with people…
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Sleep Disorders

One of the first comments made to new parents, is for them to bid a fond farewell to their sleep pattern.   At any gathering of new parents, the topic of…
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Bullying

Bullying comes in all shapes and forms. It can be physical – pushing and shoving, psychological – name calling, spreading rumours and exclusionary – leaving someone out of games or…
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Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a specific learning difference. Children with dyslexia have trouble reading and writing, and often fall behind their peers as they progress through the earlier grades. Dyslexia can cause…
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a condition that is generally identified in the preschool years. There has been no exact cause of ADHD found, but researchers have recognized that there…
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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are disorders that influence the way the brain develops and works. Children with ASD may show signs such as not maintaining eye contact, talking over others…
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Behaviour Management

If only children came with instructions manuals, wouldn’t life be easier? They don’t though, and often parenthood can be an overwhelming time. With information thrown at you left and right,…
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Child Abuse

Child abuse isn’t just bruises and broken bones. Emotional abuse and neglect have been shown to have the same effects on a child – feeling worthless, unloved and unsafe –…
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Abuse

Abuse can be defined as anything that deliberately hurts another, be it physically or emotionally. Going by this description, most of us demonstrate abusive behaviour at one time or another.…
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Rehabilitation/Injury

Traditionally, rehabilitation from injury has been considered as physical in nature, however more and more research is confirming that there is indeed a psychological factor. Many people who are injured…
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults

When you hear the phrase Attention Deficity Hperactivity Disorder or ADHD, it generally brings to mind the image of kids who can’t sit still, are impulsive and disruptive. It has…
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Relationship Issues

All relationships go through their ups and downs. Two people committing to a life together often have differing expectations of what they want from the relationship, they may have trouble…
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Eating Disorders

Eating disorders affect around 1 in 20 people, more commonly men than woman. While it is common to associate eating disorders with anorexia, other disorders such as bulimia and binge…
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Self Esteem

Self Esteem is how you think and feel about yourself. Low self-esteem is connected with negative self-talk, self-doubt, self-criticism and shame, whereas people with high self-esteem show confidence, self-respect and…
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Employee Assistance

Research has found indisputedly that positive psychological techniques benefits not just employees, but also employers. Building a positive environment, and a person centred work culture has shown to increase employee…
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Sexual/Physical/Verbal Abuse

Abuse manifests in many different forms and can happen to anyone regardless of age or gender. Although women and children are the most frequently effected, men also can be victims…
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Grief

Grief and loss are a universal, intrinsic element of the human experience. Every culture, every society has rituals and beliefs surrounding death and that have been nurtured and continued for…
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Health Related Problems

Chronic health conditions plague many of our population. Conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, multiple sclerosis or chronic fatigue syndrome to name a few can make life nearly unbearable for suffers.…
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Learning Difficulties in Adults

Learning difficulties in adults can be ongoing from childhood, or can result from a brain injury or trauma. Learning difficulties in adults is characterised by difficulty reading, writing or performing…
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Shyness/Social Phobia

Shyness is often a trait we associate with children, and assume that adolescents and adults will grow out of. What happens though, when this doesn’t happen? Shyness in adults is…
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

OCD is an anxiety disorder, characterised by repeated thoughts (obsessions) and rituals or repeated behaviours to combat those thoughts (compulsions). Anxious thoughts are not always a bad thing – ‘Did…
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Pain Managment

Ongoing pain makes every day a nightmare. 1 in 5 Australians report ongoing, consistant pain that interferes with their day to day life. The most common pain is back pain,…
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Sleep Difficulties

Sleep difficulties cover a range of situations. From general sleeplessness or insomnia to disordered sleep-wake cycles, sleep difficulties can affect every aspect of your life. Insomnia is often considered a…
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Social Anxiety

Very few people have the ability to get up in front of people and make a speech, or walk into a room of strangers and immediately feel at home. However,…
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Parenting

If only children came with instruction books! How often have you heard that lament from your parenting peers, or even from yourself? While they don’t come with instruction books, a…
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Stress Management

Stress affects us all, every day. For the most part we cope with it, alleviate it and move on. However sometimes it feels like we just cannot get a break.…
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Perinatal Depression

Finding out that you are pregnant is seen as a great joy to most couples. But what about when it is not? Perinatal Depression (or Antenatal Depression) can strike at…
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Suicide

Even the word suicide has become taboo in our society, but the reality is that suicide remains the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44. Situations…
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Phobias

Phobias are an anxiety reaction to a specific trigger. And that trigger could be anything! People have reported phobias from buttons to heights, animals to water. Individuals may encounter their…
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Post Natal Depression

Nine months of anticipation, watching your belly get bigger and waiting to meet your precious bundle, and now you just feel like crying. What happened? Many women go through mood…
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WorkCover and 3rd Party Psychological Injuries

Over the last couple of years there has been a steady rise in psychological injuries, being reported and treated through WorkCover. This recognition of injuries extending past the physical has…
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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

A car accident, abuse, war, natural disasters all of these are terrifying at the time. But for some people the terror doesn’t end there. They experience unwanted and recurring memories…
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Workplace Bullying

It is everyone’s right to feel safe and valued in their workplace. Workplace bullying may be obvious things like being threatened physically, to more subtle practices like gossiping, setting an…
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Work Related Stress

In recent times there has been much recognition of the importance of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS). Many of the recommendations have been for physical safety, but what about mental…
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Trauma

Many people will witness or experience a frightening or distressing event and be able to walk away from it. However, there are many that won’t be able to, and will experience…
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Psychological Treatment after a Motor Accident

In any one year over 600,000 motor vehicle accidents occur, from major fatalities, to minor collisions.  Minor car accidents and fender benders are all so common we tend to regard…
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Making Relationships Work

All relationships go through difficult times. Two people in a relationship or marriage often have differing expectations of what they want from the relationship. They may have trouble communicating those…
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Learning Disability

Specific Learning Disorder is the term used in the psychiatry manual (DSM-5) to describe learning difficulties in a variety of skills that children are expected to learn at school (some…
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Panic Attacks

Panic attacks can be frightening for people who experience them since there appears to be no reason for them. When a panic attack occurs, often feelings of fear increase and…
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Dealing with Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal part of everyday life and in many situations it is reasonable to react with some anxiety. However about 15 – 20 % of the population experience…
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Anxiety

Anxiety and worry are a normal part of childhood. Being afraid of the unknown or in response to a scary situation is how we weren’t eaten by dinosaurs! However, when…
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Depression

Depression is more than feeling sad. Sadness is a part of everyday life. Depression is diagnosed when that sadness goes on for more than two weeks and is making day…
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Learning Difficulties

Australia recognizes the difference between learning difficulties, and learning disabilities. Learning difficulties are diagnosed when there is no documented intellectual or physical disability. As many as 2 or 3 students…
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Behavioural Problems

Children with behavioural problems are often seen as ‘naughty’ or ‘out of control’. They are often quick to anger; they argue with adults and won’t do as they are told.…
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