Future Shock: How to regain control of digital over-use

Mary is the affable and kindly single mother of Jayden (14), an only child, who suffers from social phobia. Mary: “He’s just so rude when I ask him to come to the dinner table or clean his room. The anger! He spends all night gaming with his friends, which I suppose is good because he is socialising. I just wish...[ read more ]

Digital Hygiene Talk Link

Please click here for information on the upcoming talk! To register click here!

Seminar: Digital Hygiene: Building healthy screen habits – Tuesday 18 September

  Tuesday 18th of September, 6:30pm, Maroubra I’ll be presenting a free seminar with Luke Vu PhD, on healthy screen habits. Smart phones, tablets, laptops and other devices are an integral part of the modern world. These devices have made work and leisure tasks more efficient, and have opened up new pathways to social connection and fun. On the other...[ read more ]

The Experience Machine: Choosing to digitally opt out

Super-advanced neuropsychologists approach you with an offer. Continue to live your life with its pleasures, pains, doubts, anxieties, hopes etc., or, enter the “Experience Machine”. The Experience Machine is a terrifically advanced computer that hooks up to your brain and allows you to live your life the manner you wish. Want to live as a celebrity? The Machine can make...[ read more ]

The First Thing You Should Do When Depressed

You are travelling along the freeway. You’re hooning along at 110km per hour (maybe even faster?). Your car stalls. It comes to a dead halt as you pull over onto the side of the road. You put the car into 5th gear, turn the ignition, and head off. What happens next? If you’ve ever driven a manual car you’ll know...[ read more ]

What is Schema Therapy? Part II

Part II – Little People, Little Wounds & Unmet Needs The second part of this series Grace* was raised as an only child and her parents separated when she was five. After separation, Grace missed her father terribly, who took a job in another city, and her mother too, who now worked long hours to be able to support her....[ read more ]

What is Schema Therapy? Part I

This is the first in a series of blog posts on concepts from schema therapy. Enjoy! Part I: Bad Habits and Lifetraps – What is a Schema? Grace* hates to be alone but seems to always push people away. When a friend doesn’t return her messages within what she considers a reasonable timeframe, she finds herself getting angry and resentful....[ read more ]

Comorbidity: Can I Have More Than One Diagnosis?

I ask about family history of mental health as part of a usual assessment. “Mate, my brother has had it all!” Said Graham*, 42. “Started with ADD** as a kid, then got ODD‡ when he was a teenager. Now he’s got a bit of depression, a bit of anxiety and BPD, but he reckons he’s got PTSD‡‡ and he’s also...[ read more ]

Are There More Mental Health Problems Nowadays?

“Are people getting crazier?” A client bluntly asked me not long ago. One of the most common types of questions I get asked is about whether the prevalence of mental health problems is increasing. People usually frame it in terms of their current diagnosis or problem: “Are more of us depressed?”; “Is there an anxiety epidemic?”; “Why are so many...[ read more ]


Hi! Welcome to the Justin Hendriks Psychology blog. I’m a clinical psychologist who has a practice in Maroubra Junction, Sydney, Australia. This blog is written by me (Justin) on topics that interest me and that I think will interest my clients and readers who like to think about the mind and how to best live life. Given that I’m a...[ read more ]

Suite C5
102-106 Boyce Rd
Maroubra Junction, NSW 2035
(02) 8958 2585

Have Questions?
Send a Message!

By submitting this form via this web portal, you acknowledge and accept the risks of communicating your health information via this unencrypted email and electronic messaging and wish to continue despite those risks. By clicking "Yes, I want to submit this form" you agree to hold Brighter Vision harmless for unauthorized use, disclosure, or access of your protected health information sent via this electronic means.