Author archive for Rachael Willis

  • Sleep Well. The importance of early bedtimes for Children

    By Rachael Willis on August 8, 2017
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    Early nights are so important for our children’s physical and mental health which means putting in boundaries for them to get off screens well before bedtime for quality sleep. In many households the daily challenge of getting children to wind down for bedtime (at a reasonable hour!) can be exhausting and becomes stressful end to each day. You may even find yourself […]
  • Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder

    By Rachael Willis on April 11, 2017
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    What Is Autism (ASD)? Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that affects, among other things, the way an individual relates to his or her environment and their interaction with other people. The month of April is Autism Awareness month and to support the cause we wanted to share a helpful guide to understanding ASD and ways to support this disorder […]
  • Empowering Equines is Coming Soon!

    By Rachael Willis on February 13, 2017
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    Equine-assisted therapy & learning is almost here! I have been busily working behind the scenes and networking with some Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) colleagues across the Pacific (Australia, US and Canada) to finalise my equine therapy and learning program “Empowering Equines” which is due to launched very soon! The EAGALA Model of Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy and Personal Development, is experiencing […]
  • How’s your Headspace?

    By Rachael Willis on January 31, 2017
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    For some, the start of a new year is a great time to make resolutions and work towards some great achievements. We hope that keeping on top of your mental health and general wellbeing is right up the top of your list and kept in focus throughout the year. Looking after your headspace doesn’t need to be overwhelming, there are […]
  • Is my child ready for school?

    By Rachael Willis on January 13, 2017
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    Starting school is an important step in a young child’s life and ‘Is my child ready for school?’ is a question asked by many parents. In Victoria, your child must turn five before the 30th of April in the year they start school. Research suggests that most children should not start school early, even if they are smarter than average. This is because they may not […]
  • Lets set our 2017 SMART goals

    By Rachael Willis on January 3, 2017
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    With the indulgence of Christmas behind us, now is the time to pen your 2017 new year’s resolutions. Figures indicate that as few as 8% of people stick to their new year’s resolutions, what is the best approach to take at this time of year when setting goals? One of the most important things we recommended people is to base […]
  • Cyberbullying – Lets Stop the Hate

    By Rachael Willis on November 24, 2016
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    Cyberbullying is any kind of bullying or harassment done using technology. It really sucks because it can be public, hard to take down, or affect you at home. There are a lot of things it could be, and it can affect people in a lot of different ways. Cyberbullying is bullying that is done through the use of technology, for […]
  • Lets wish for… An end to mental health stigma

    By Rachael Willis on December 1, 2016
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    Recently I came across an interesting campaign from Time to Change Wales, a Mental Health Group Charity in Wales. The Time to Change Wales campaign is delivered by a partnership of three leading Welsh mental health charities and is designed to break the stigma associated with mental health on a national level. Although mental health problems are very common, it […]
  • Lets celebrate Psychology Week

    By Rachael Willis on November 6, 2016
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    Today marks the beginning of this years Psychology Week celebration. Psychology Week is an annual initiative of the Australian Psychological Society that aims to increase public awareness of how psychology can help Australians lead healthier, happier and more meaningful lives. To support the campaign this year the Australian Psychological Society (APS) has introduced the Compass for Life initiative, which will help Australians measure […]
  • Year 12: Managing Exam Stress

    By Rachael Willis on November 3, 2016
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    This week the team at Pure Empowerment is sending best wishes to all the Year 12 students (and parents of students) with the preparation and sitting of the VCE exams. Each year more than 220,000 students go through their year 12 exams, in what can be the most stressful time of their school years. That’s why we’re pleased to share […]