Welcome to the Story Archives. We invite you to dig deep into this library, to unearth the skills and knowledge that people have about getting through tough times!

Our lives are full of stories. Some of them are problem stories we tell about ourselves or others tell about us. These are the kinds of stories that bring people to therapy. The other stories are the preferred narratives of our lives that are perhaps forgotten along the way or not recognised by others. These are the stories that are a joy to bring to life in therapy.

On this page, you will read stories from people sharing insights into the hardships they have suffered as well as the skills, knowledge, values, hopes and commitments that have got them through. They share their story with the intention of making a difference to others who are going through similar struggles.

As Aunty Barb Wingard says, ‘telling our stories in ways that make us stronger‘ is a passage to healing.

ADHD Stories

‘The Concentration Clinic’

A clued-up 14 year old young man shares his tips for managing ‘Disruptis’ (a.k.a. ADHD).

Child Protection Stories

‘Never, Ever Give Up

A mothers story of resilience and determination in fighting to get her children back.

‘Surviving the Child Protection System’

One parents advice for surviving the roller coaster ride.

Living with Challenging Emotions

The Anger Volcano

This 7 years old shares his experience of living with a violent dad.

‘Stopping Panic in its Tracks’

An anime hero inspires this 13 year old to take on Anxiety.

‘The Courage to Keep Calm’

Wisdom on riding out the waves of Anxiety, inspired by nature.

‘Numbness and the Battle of Holding onto Something I Care About

This teen shares what it takes to stay connected to life when Numbness tries to steal it away.

‘Skills in Managing Manic Energy’

A teenagers reflections on dealing with the extreme highs after deep lows.

‘My Tricks and Tactics for Making Anxiety Tiny’

This 9 year old Litte Miss is keen to help other kids shrink their Anxiety.

Mental Health stories

‘Staying Mentally Strong when your Physical Health is letting you down’

A story of focusing the light on physical health to keep the darkness of Depression at bay.

‘Balancing In The Boat’

A teen author reflects on getting out of the dark messy waters of Depression.

‘They Sucked Me Dry’

A teenagers story about setting boundaries with friends to reclaim mental health.

‘Holding Onto Creativity’ and other colourful reflections

An young artist from the LGBTIQ+ community shares insight into managing Melancholy and Anxiety.

Surviving Stress Stories

“Reflections on the Dangling Carrot”

This teen reflects on how Guilt stole away her mental health during Year 12 and what she would do differently.

Weight Loss stories

‘Insider Knowledge about Determination’

Thoughts on finding Determination to deal with weight issues from someone who has been there.