Speaker and Workshop Presenter

Dr Olga Lavalle

Olga Lavalle is a Clinical Psychologist running a successful practice in Wollongong.

After the sudden loss of her husband in 2014, Olga navigated through her own grief and used simple strategies adjust to her ‘New Normal’.

Since then she has published a book ‘The New Normal: A Widow’s Guide to Grief’ has won GOLD and SILVER eLIT Book Award in 2019.

As a Widow herself and Clinical Psychologist, Olga understands grief from both perspectives. She has supported many widows in counselling and online.

As a highly skilled professional, Olga knows that knowledge is just the first step in coping with grief, and she uses her own skills as both a Clinical Psychologist and widow – who has walked her own emotional journey of grief and taken the practical steps to navigate her ‘New Normal’ – to motivate and support others as they adjust to their New Normal.

M  0416261765
www.olgalavalle.com
www.awidowsguidetogrief.com
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Clinical Psychologist | Author | Speaker

 

1 – Understanding Grief

  • Understand common reactions to grief
  • How to adjust to life after loss
  • Common myths about grief

 

2 – Looking after yourself

  • Self- care strategies
  • It’s okay to ask for help
  • Dealing with those special days

 

3 – Children and grief

  • Understanding children and their grief
  • Supporting children with their grief
  • Grief is a family affair

Dr Olga Lavalle - Interview with Melinda James - ABC Radio

TOPIC:

The New Normal: Living with Grief

When I speak about The New Normal, I briefly take the audience through the following topics: Common Reactions to Loss, Organising Yourself, Self-Care, Coping on Significant Days, Supporting your Children, Myths about Grief, and Your New Normal.

The talk is based on my book (The New Normal: A Widow’s Guide to Grief) and is designed for those working in the area of Grief, for Grief Group Leaders, In Community or Organisation affected by loss.

The goal for these talks is to help the audience understand grief, and to walk away with tips and strategies to manage grief and adjust to life following loss.

TOPIC:

We All Have A Story: Overcoming Adversity

When I speak about overcoming adversity, I talk about my story of becoming a widow and provide strategies on how to manage adverse life events. This is an inspirational talk.

The goal of this talk is to help the audience understand that no matter what life challenges are presented to us, we do not have to let them destroy us. This can be done with the use of both emotion focused strategies and problem focused strategies.

If we could look at all behaviour as language, we would understand so much more about our kids (and ourselves) and
be able to support their needs before things become unmanageable.
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I am asked this question regularly: "Why are my kids so much better behaved at other people's houses?"
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4 days ago

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What makes kids afraid? Do you remember being scared of any of the below?
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5 days ago

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Co regulation is when we, as adults, can model for our children the behaviour and emotional intelligence we are hoping to develop in them.
If we are calm and safe, we teach our children they are safe and can too be calm.
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6 days ago

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Does anyone else feel like they say the same thing over and over again? Very simple ideas to help reduce the repetition.
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1 week ago

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Some ideas for how to approach your child when they are struggling in a supportive and safe way.
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1 week ago

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Our Psychologists and Practice Manager from #drolgalavalleandassociates visiting The Flagstaff Group for the Illawarra Business Chamber #businessbeforehours breakfast. We are dedicated to participating in our local community and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with this wonderful organisation.

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1 week ago

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This fortnight we will be focusing on connection with children. How do we build and keep positive relationships with our children?
How do we support our children to build positive relationships with themselves? Re framing can help ourselves, and kids, to look at our challenges through a different lens.
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2 weeks ago

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When experiencing anxiety, it can be incredibly difficult to communicate what is happening for you. This simple chart is great for communicating with loved ones about what is happening for them, or for you. Excellent for use with kids and teenagers too. #anxiety #communication #psychology #mentalhealth #privatepractice #drolgalavalle #wollongong #womeninbusiness #ilovewollongong #smallbusiness #illawarra #psychologist #humansciences #childpsychology #familytherapy #psychologicalassessments #health #selfcare #medical #medicine #forensicpsychology #forensic #knowledgeispower #adolescentmentalhealth #empoweringpeople #professionaldevelopment #therapy #familytherapy #couplestherapy #strongfamilies ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

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Do you know anyone like this? Are you like this? #anxietysymptoms #anxiety #psychology #mentalhealth #privatepractice #drolgalavalle #wollongong #womeninbusiness #ilovewollongong #smallbusiness #illawarra #psychologist #humansciences #childpsychology #familytherapy #psychologicalassessments #health #selfcare #medical #medicine #forensicpsychology #forensic #knowledgeispower #adolescentmentalhealth #empoweringpeople #professionaldevelopment #therapy #familytherapy #couplestherapy #strongfamilies ... See MoreSee Less

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