Dr. Jess Walker

Counselling Psychology

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October 10, 2018

So today is world mental health day, a day when hopefully many of you are having conversations about mental health and what this means to you. I have just returned from a trip away. A trip that I went on without my family, to visit some friends overseas. It was some much needed time out. For the past few years I have been working several jobs, birthing and bringing up two small children, studying for a doctorate & running the household. Prioritising myself had fallen to the bottom of the list, perhaps even off it. I was burnt out. Having some time to myself to just be, with no demands on my time, no endless to do lists to complete, no worrying about everyone else, was invaluable (although I did ensure I sorted everyone out befor...

May 16, 2018

As you may know, this week is Mental Health Awareness Week. This year the focus is on stress and how to cope with it. We all get stressed from time to time and that's part and parcel of life. It becomes problematic when we don't do anything to manage it. Suddenly everything can start to pile up. Our inner container can begin to overflow and this is when we start to falter. Perhaps we become more snappy, or moody, too tired to engage, angry, tearful or pull away from others. Everyone has different coping mechanisms, and not all of these are healthy. So what can we do about it? Perhaps the best thing you can do is to start to notice what is going on for you when you feel stressed, and things are starting to become too much. What a...

May 4, 2018

It is coming to the end of #MaternalMentalHealthAwarenessWeek. I’ve been thinking a lot about this, and have read some really inspiring posts. I realised that perhaps it would be good to share my own story, as too often we sit in silence letting everyone think we are ok, when what we really need to be saying is #ItsOkayToNotBeOkay. I am lucky enough to have two wonderful, healthy children. We struggled to conceive with my first born, Rafael, and so admitting things weren’t always rosy made me feel guilty, as I knew how lucky I was to have him. I remember the envy and loneliness I felt as others fell pregnant around me when that was what I wanted most in the world too. When Rafa was born it was a wonderful moment. I had the home...

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