Nurturing Better Relationships in 2017

Debbi Carberry Adults, Couples, Parenting, Women

As another year comes to an end I spend my New Year’s Eve doing some serious reflection. I take time out to look back at what 2016 had in store for me. The good, bad and the not so great. For so many of my clients, this year has been a real struggle. I experienced my fair share too. Through ...

Step and Blended families

Debbi Carberry Adults, Children, Divorce/Separation, Parenting

One third of marriages in Australia have at least one previously divorced partner (according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics) which means that a significant number of couples are now parenting either a step or blended family. If you are a part of a family like this you most likely will experience some unique issues that nuclear families do not. ...

Signs of Teen Depression

Debbi Carberry Children, Parenting, Teens

I get a lot of calls from parents asking me if they should be worried about their teen’s mood swings and general rebelliousness, and they want to know if this is a sign of teen depression. Many teens experience a wide range of emotions as they navigate puberty and adolescence.  Emotions can change from day to day or even hour to ...

Sibling Rivalry

Debbi Carberry Anger, Children, Parenting

Many parents who come to see me will comment on how their kids seem to fight or not get along a lot of the time.  Sibling rivalry can drive parents crazy and can make home a battle zone. However sibling rivalry serves a useful purpose for children.  At home with their siblings they learn to deal with disappointments, negotiate relationships, set boundaries and ...

Alcohol Teens and underage drinking

Debbi Carberry Parenting, Teens

In November each year young people from all over Australia mark the end of their high school years with celebration and a ‘rite of passage’ that is centred around underage and excessive drinking. Over 70 per cent of male school leavers and 60 per cent of females report getting drunk on most or all days or nights of their schoolies ...

Teenage Self Harming

Debbi Carberry Parenting, Teens

What is Deliberate Self Harm?Teenage self harming  – is a deliberate, non-life threatening injury inflicted by a young person (generally during teen years – though it can occur before or after this time) on their own body.  It is not usually an indication of the intention to end their own lives. There are a number of different ways young people ...

How to help an angry child

Debbi Carberry Anger, Children, Parenting

Why do so many children get angry so often?We all get angry from time to time, anger is a normal emotion and a part of being human.  It usually happens when we feel we have to protect ourselves or if we feel that we are under attack. So how to help an angry child. It’s healthy to feel all of ...