What is Horticultural Therapy and How Does it Work?

Let nature be your stress buster   When you are feeling the pressure, take things back to basics. Horticultural therapy (HT) is the process by which gardening, and plants, are used to improve both physical and mental wellbeing of an individual. Also known as social and therapeutic horticulture, HT has been widely recognised as an effective form of therapy since the ancient Egyptian era. Back then, physicians were already prescribing …

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Addiction and Codependency: Top 10 Reasons to Stop Enabling the Addict You Love – Part 2

I’m hoping that Part One of this article got you thinking about some of the potential ways you may be enabling the addict in your life, so that you can begin to take the steps necessary to truly help them. It’s understandable if you feel anxious about setting healthy, appropriate boundaries or about making your own self-care a priority. But if you want your addicted loved ones to begin to …

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Addiction and Codependency: Top 10 Reasons to Stop Enabling the Addict You Love – Part 1

We all know that addiction is rampant—it’s a horrific problem for far too many people, all over the world. And even though ‘addiction’ can take many forms, from mind-altering substances to mood-altering behaviours, one thing is for sure: Most everyone on the planet today is either affected by addiction—their own or someone else’s—or they know someone who is. These days, I work primarily with the loved ones of addicts because …

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Q&A With An Addiction Therapist: Candace Plattor

It’s a tough subject to broach, but when it comes to addiction – whether alcohol, substance or behaviour – knowing what to do and say to support your loved one (and yourself) during recovery can be tricky.  Clinical Counsellor and Addiction Therapist Candace Plattor talks with ANZMH Association about understanding challenges, building trust and the importance of therapy for everybody involved in the recovery journey. Q: What are the most …

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Therapy Has Different Forms Than Chatting in a Room

Psychologist Maz Miller used to prescribe fresh air and exercise to her patients all the time, until one day she got tired of talking about it. Frustrated with the limitations of her office, she got up mid-session and took her client out for a walk. “I could tell there was something different,” she says. “The client seemed to open up a lot more; the whole session was flowing.” The results …

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How Better Designed Therapy Spaces Could Improve Mental Health Treatment

The buildings we inhabit can change the way we feel. That’s particularly relevant when designing mental health spaces, and yet there are no real guidelines that cover this field. With one in five Australians experiencing a mental illness in any year, a researcher at the Melbourne School of Design says it’s worth considering how to design the spaces in which therapy takes place. Stephanie Liddicoat is nearing the completion of her …

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