Psych for Life with Dr. Amanda Ferguson

Psych for Life with Dr. Amanda Ferguson

Join Dr. Amanda Ferguson, psychologist and published author as she discusses a range of topics including personal and work issues, relationships, professional and personal development, performance and more. Sharing her insights along side a variety of guests, the Pysch for Life podcast is your insight into mental health, psychology and life.

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April 13, 2021 51 min
Since the pandemic of 2020, work burnout has become an increasingly prevalent issue, affecting employees and organisations across the globe. Our every day and work life are more intermingled than ever before and the effects on our mental health can be devastating. As a global expert in work engagement and having investigated the related construct of burnout, I share how to recognise the signs of burnout and what you can do to reple...
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In this episode, Dr. Amanda Ferguson takes a deep dive into understanding addiction and its connection to trauma with practicing psychiatrist of over 20 years, Dr. Bruce Lachter. Dr. Bruce explores this correlation and the similarities between the two as he explains that addiction is often the 'echo' of trauma and discusses the complicated issues surrounding addiction and its effects. Dr. Bruce shares his psychodynamic view...
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The year 2020 not only brought us the start of a new decade but also began the era of uncertainty. We faced many challenges and changes over the year including natural disasters, race riots, political unrest, economic downturns and the worldwide spread of Covid-19. As we enter 2021, many of these crises follow us into the new year and with them the unknown of what is to come. However, history and our own evolution shows us that as...
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International composer Ken Davis has performed at the Sydney Opera House and is known as the first and most successful new age music composer, a major pioneer in ambient music and now creates music for relaxation and healing. In this episode we discuss how music and the mind body connection can help to heal us from trauma, anxiety and stress. As a world famous artist, Ken has collaborated with medical facilities and contributed to ...
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In this episode, Dr. Amanda Ferguson is joined by the Honourable Dr. Fiona Martin, an Australian Federal Member of Parliament and psychologist who specialised in helping children with learning, developmental and behavioural difficulties. As the first female Liberal member elected for Reid, a vibrant example of harmonious multiculturalism located in the inner Western suburbs of Sydney, Dr. Fiona Martin directly contributes to this c...
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Jacki Barker is a Sydney based midwife turned doula with a background in psychology. She shares her experiences and insight into the world of birthing and how women can become empowered through this experience with the right supports in place. As a birth activist, Jacki is passionate about giving mums-to-be as much choice as possible and has helped countless women in her experience as both a midwife and a doula. As we delve in to t...
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In this episode Dr. Amanda Ferguson and Sydney-based psychologist and published author Lorraine Corne discuss anxiety, other mood disorders, post traumatic stress disorder and complex post traumatic stress disorder. Being able to break down the scientific nature of the above helps us better understand and comprehend these common, and unfortunately, escalating mood disorders. Two very experienced psychologists share how they best su...
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Dr. Amanda Ferguson discusses the fascinating world of inner child work and how working with our inner child can help us to heal parts that carry trauma from childhood - trauma caused by abuse, neglect, abandonment and rejection. Dr. Amanda explains how through inner child work we can build neural pathways within ourselves, creating a stronger sense of authentic self and how relating to and working with these younger parts makes us...
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Psychologist Eric Lyleson has been a relationship counsellor and teacher to relationship therapists for over 30 years. He explains why, contrary to what we may usually think, being in a state of love in ourselves is actually more important and beneficial to our romantic relationship than anything we may work on with our partners. Eric shows us how to be there for both ourselves and our partners and how to deal with 'disturbance...
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Dr. Amanda Ferguson chats with two of her oldest friends who are a great example of how to find the right partner and how to make a life-long relationship work. Tim and Jo have been married for over 20 years and have grown-up children. They share their secrets and tips in a deeply honest and insightful exploration of their journey so far and how they plan to keep being the right partner for each other for the rest of their lives. ...
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Ideally, we grow up in a loving family and grow into adulthood feeling united and supported but this is often not the case. Dr Amanda Ferguson discusses how we can find spiritual or surrogate family members when our biological family is dysfunctional, lets us down or doesn't exist in our lives. Acknowledging our lack of good family relationships is painful and lonely. The possibility of a second chance - and even more chances -...
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Dr. Amanda Ferguson explains what meditation entails, how to achieve alpha state - in passive and active ways - and why meditation is so beneficial. Meditation builds what Dr. Amanda calls 'the critical link' within us - neural pathways that make us more connected within ourselves. Meditation has been shown to provide health benefits such as reduced blood pressure. She also shows how 'hypnosis is the new meditation'...
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Dr. Mark Williams started the Neuroscience for Kindy Kids program and has worked in outreach programs to Primary and High Schools. Mark's goal is to inspire people to be curious about the world and to enjoy science, or at least recognise how important it is. Mark's own story of his rise to success from school drop out to eminent, international professor is incredibly inspiring for any child or adult to hear - showing us ho...
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As a registered psychologist and registered organisational psychologist, Dr. Amanda Ferguson discusses why our mental health, psychological state, relationships and work life matter now more than ever. She shares how to manage yourself for better health and optimal performance in all areas of your life. Dr. Amanda also reminds us that change is the only constant in life and that recent global events are making us more aware and for...
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