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Resources for Looking after your Mental Health

Read our “thought of the week” to connect with the social themes that have emerged in the last week of MCPC practitioners work with patients.

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Enjoy educating yourself about  different aspects of psychoanalysis, psychology, self-care, and socioanalysis by reading our blog articles.

Thought of the Week

“A man should not strive to eliminate his complexes but to get into accord with them: they are legitimately what directs his conduct in the world.” – Sigmund Freud

Emergency Contacts

Lifeline 13 11 14

Suicide Line 1300 651 251

Triage Monash Health 1300 369 012

Blog Articles


Donald W. Winnicott first used the term ‘holding’ (1953, 1971) to describe the state of mind of the mother and her construction of an environment that enables an infant to feel safe and content. The therapeutic environment can also be described as a ‘holding’ environment. ‘Holding’ in therapy is understood by Winnicott to be the construction of environment where a patient feels held in an analogous way to how a baby is held by their mother: gently and attentively. [...]

By |August 12th, 2019|Categories: Articles|Comments Off on “Holding”

Defence Mechanisms

Defence mechanisms are an essential component of the human psyche and according to the Psychoanalyst Melanie Klein they are necessary for childhood development and individuation. Defence mechanisms also protect the psyche from being overwhelmed. Despite this defence mechanisms have a negative reputation in contemporary society.We are told off by friends and family for being defensive. Being in denial, repression, and regression are not viewed favourably by people we are close to. Indeed they do interfere with our capacity for intimacy [...]

By |November 18th, 2018|Categories: Articles|Comments Off on Defence Mechanisms