Life Transitions & Performance
Child & Adolescent
Stress & Anxiety
Patrick’s tip for dealing with self-criticism and depression
“When we are sad or stressed, our thoughts can almost instantaneously become self-critical, which can lead to spiralling further into a depression. During times like these, ask yourself, “What would I say to a close friend or family member going through a similar experience?” From here, write down the sentences that come up, and swap your friends name for yours to facilitate self-compassion. Remember, “feeling compassion for ourselves in no way releases us from responsibility for our actions. Rather, it releases us from the self-hatred that prevents us from responding to our life with clarity and balance” (Tara Brach).
Outside the therapy room
“I love to eat. Hot pot in China Town, dumplings in Burwood, Italian in Leichhardt, Pho in Ashfield, Frangos chicken in Petersham, and catching up with friends over coffee. I love travelling, going to live music, exercising and keeping healthy, playing guitar, and I’ll be starting salsa dance classes this year!”