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September 8, 2017

Wellbeing, or the lack of it, is considered an individual's problem (or their fault) and therefore their responsibility to fix, when I believe it should be seen as a collective responsibility. Human beings have essentially evolved to be part of tribes, villages or comm...

August 25, 2017

The 50 things I have learnt about happiness as a counsellor, father, brother, widower, friend, activist, tennis player, gardener and sometimes larrikin. There is no definitive list. But here are my 50 nonetheless.

1. Remember this is your "one wild and precious life" -...

Is laughter and humour, an appropriate way to deal with grief and trauma? If you do express humour whilst you grieve, will you be judged negatively? Will people think that you are not grieving properly? In this blog, I'll argue that humour has its place and is part of...

February 22, 2017

Why do relationships fail, when people profess to being in love with one another? Well one reason is - we fail to be “in tune” with one another. There are times in all relationships when we need to know that our partner “gets” us, that we are understood, on an emotiona...

February 1, 2017

Mindfulness Based Stillness Meditation

Stillness is not an experience to have, a place to go to, a thing to get, it is here all the time.

Brent trained as a Mindfulness Based Stillness Meditation Teacher at the Gawler Cancer Foundation Yarra Valley Living Centre in Victo...

January 24, 2017

This counselling blog, explores why trying to fix our partners, rather than ‘meet’ them, causes a breakdown in trust and empathy. It proposes that curiosity is the antidote, to this judgemental way of being with one another. For if we are to live wholeheartedly in our...

December 21, 2016

Do men in mid life or later really suffer from Irritable Male Syndrome? Do they become hypersensitive, anxious, frustrated and angry? Do they take this out on their partner and family? Have they gone from Mr Nice to Mr Mean for no explicable reason? Does this occur in...

November 22, 2016

How do you support a man after his relationship breaks up? Well step 1 - make contact with him, show up, let him know that you care. He could be avoiding, numbing, running and have possibly become bitter and angry, but he needs you to walk with him, to the edge of his...

November 10, 2016

I'm not shocked at all by Trump's victory, as I saw it coming. That doesn't mean, I'm not worried sick about the potential for his contempt, climate denial, misogyny, and racism to undermine US and our societies. But we have to learn from this. I believe his election,...

November 10, 2016

Supporting men after a relationship breakup:

Part One - Understanding his loss

I write this Blog, about understanding a man's grief after a relationship breakup, intimately knowing the pain of losing a lover, partner, mother of my daughter and best friend to cancer. I’v...

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