Lara Mardunovic

Registered Psychologist

B.Psych

Lara is a registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and a provider of psychological services through Medicare. Lara has in-depth experience working with various mental health presentations including depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, personality disorders, and grief and loss presentations. She also has extensive experience in the area of addictions and has worked in this field for many years. Lara employs evidence based treatments that are tailored to the unique needs and goals of each individual client. Interventions typically include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). Lara currently works on Fridays.

Isn’t it true that acceptance can often be so tricky ? Accepting pain or injustice or loss is not easy but if we want good mental health we have to find a way to make space for the realities we face even when uninvited. Hopefully these sore moments (or chapters) pass swiftly but while they remain, mindfulness presents us with the opportunity to practice “radical acceptance”. This doesn’t mean that you endorse the pain, or the loss or the injustice and this type of acceptance doesn’t mean that you approve of the reality you are facing, it just means that you acknowledge that it is what it is, and process the feelings it triggers with compassion and curiosity. Pain is inevitable but lasting suffering really is optional. Take a mindful moment next time you face difficulty to just let it be and see what it feels like to radically accept in the moment ! ... See MoreSee Less

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6 days ago

Living Well Psychology Clinic Erina

Co-regulation leads to self-regulation. Pure and simple. ... See MoreSee Less

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This is a lovely illustration on how we live with grief ....

BBC Two
'You don't get over grief, you just learn to have it as part of your life.'

This analogy of how we deal with bereavement is absolutely spot on...
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When was the last time you had fun? Pure “just for the sake of it” senseless fun. Even grown ups need to walk in puddles and count the stars. Adults can confuse distraction or even self medicating with fun (Netflix, wine, chocolate) and while these things have their place, they don’t fully cater for our need to sometimes just lose ourselves in the moment and let the kid in us play. Building in time to simply play facilitates good mental health ! Make sure you play ! ... See MoreSee Less

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In keeping with our self compassion focus, I challenge you to think of three qualities you really like about yourself today and try and use them while you’re out and about ... then give yourself some love for bringing your best out today 💕 ... See MoreSee Less

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Self compassion time ! Take the challenge xx ... See MoreSee Less

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Happy Easter from the team at Living Well ! ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

Living Well Psychology Clinic Erina

What a lovely insight .... very true !

Story of This Life
Thank you moms for being there in every normal, mundane moment. Happy Mother's Day!
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Our sense of self (self concept) largely determines our behaviour. Get to know yourself, like yourself, nurture yourself and watch the good behaviours flow ! Best part ... this is particularly true for our children where we have so much influence. Kids act from their self concept so let’s make sure we keep up that positive influence on their emerging sense of self so that they can flourish internally and behaviourally! ... See MoreSee Less

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