Bendy Brains

We provide a range of psychological assessment & therapy options to support children's development a

Bendy brains aims to bring you current evidence-based information and practices child health and development.

Operating as usual


How do we communicate with children about the current COVID-19 situation in a way that doesn't induce fear and anxiety? Tina Payne Bryson talks about getting results in using "safety messaging" rather than "fear messaging".

We have tremendous power in shaping the meaning (or the sense-making) that our children have when it comes to the messages they're receiving about what's happening right now. In this video, I talk about how the brain is an association machine and that by focusing on safety-based messaging, we can ensure that our children have repeated experiences of understanding that their parent keeps them safe (rather than the message that the world is a dangerous and threatening place). Click below to hear more:

The importance of attachment in the parent child relationship 10/04/2019

The importance of attachment in the parent child relationship

Facebook did not allow us to change the name of this page to represent our new practice name, The Heart and Mind Collective, so we have made a new page! Thank you for supporting Bendy Brains over the past year.

The importance of attachment in the parent child relationship by Lindie Nell as published in Kidz on the coast Magazine As a parent, we want our children to be happy, enjoy family life, have good friendships, do well in sc

Childtherapy 25/03/2019


We are so exited to share that the name of our newly merged practice is now called The Heart and Mind Collective. Please bare with us as we slowly make changes on this page. In the mean time you are welcome to browse our website where you will learn more about the services we are providing.



How to Raise an Independent Child with the Right Values

Some helpful insights in this short clip.

“Force creates resistance. But great relationships build autonomy, which allows us to leverage trust, which builds massive influence.”


BIG W | Free Books

Fostering a love for books and sharing stories does wonders for child development!

My Body Safety Rules - 5 things every child should know 19/02/2019

My Body Safety Rules - 5 things every child should know

My Body Safety Rules - 5 things every child should know From Educate2Empower Publishing ( - My Body Safety Rules animation for children. Free download of printable Body Safety Rules poster: ...


Research is identifying more and more that increasing exercise and eating healthy and nourishing foods is a crucial element in treating and preventing depression, and maintaining mental wellbeing, for children through to adults. Here is a brief article outlining what you can do.

Timeline photos 26/01/2019

Timeline photos

There’s a huge assumption that parents can actually recognize or look at a child’s behavior and say, “Yup, that’s anxiety.”

Here’s the reality: anxious behavior in children is NOT uniform.

Your child might ask repetitive questions for reassurance and no matter how many times you answer, the question repeats. You might have the perfect child at school that comes home and constantly picks fights with you or siblings. You may have a child that can’t focus, motivate, or even loses sleep at night. Or maybe your child is downright angry. Anxiety, in fact, can manifest in a MULTITUDE of forms.

Here are 8 WAYS a Child's Anxiety Shows up as SOMETHING ELSE:


Bendy Brains is expanding, and we are eager to announce some exciting new ventures planned for 2019!

- Hiking workshops for kids and teens focusing on developing self-esteem, confidence, executive functioning skills, resilience and grit
- Mindfulness-based stress reduction programs for adults/ parents
- Trauma-informed Yoga
- Trauma training workshops for teachers, schools and professional organisations
- More Circle of Security programs

More details to come soon. In the meantime, feel free to contact us to express your individual interest, or discuss tailoring any of these programs to suit your organisation or school.

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Great infographic! If only they came with a handbook!
You may feel overwhelmed at times/ need to check in about child development and behaviour - we offer a supportive 1:1 meeting/ programme for parents. Call 0877845288/ [email protected] to book in.


Anger is very much a secondary emotion, underneath that anger there lie many other emotions. To support someone’s anger we need to understand the reason that underpins it first.


Every day is an opportunity for parents and caregivers to provide the best gift possible, a strong foundation for a child's mental health ❤️❤️


See Dyslexia Differently

In Our Brutal Modern World, Science Shows Our Brains Need Craft More Than Ever 21/12/2018

In Our Brutal Modern World, Science Shows Our Brains Need Craft More Than Ever

In Our Brutal Modern World, Science Shows Our Brains Need Craft More Than Ever At a time when many of us feel overwhelmed by the 24/7 demands of the digital world, craft practices, alongside other activities such as colouring books for grown-ups and the up-surge of interest in cooking from scratch and productive home gardens, a


We can all be a little guilty of doing this at times.

Timeline photos 19/12/2018

Timeline photos

What is Emotional Regulation?

Emotional Regulation is when you feel in control of your emotional state in your body. When a trigger does not send you into a frantic anxiety attack, a rage response or a shut down or dissociative state.

Emotional regulation can be tough around the holidays when we are triggered by family, our original and most dysregulating triggers. Despite how much we love our family and how much work we have done, dysregulation is a friend of the holidays.

To help with regulation think of what state your body usually goes into energetically and try opposite energetic actions. So if your response is usually anxiety - try calming and soothing actions. If your normal response is to shut down - try energizing actions.

The Heart & Mind Collective

We provide a range of psychological assessment & therapy options to support children's development, strengthen child-parent relationships, and promote well-being & growth for children and their caregivers.




Gosford, NSW

Opening Hours

8am - 5pm

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