Learning to Deal with Change

Learning to Deal with Change

In today’s show we speak with Stella O’Malley, psychotherapist and best-selling author of three parenting books about ways kids can learn how to deal with change in their lives.

Kids have experienced massive changes in every aspect of their lives during Coronavirus and while this amount and extreme amount of change is not normal, Stella discusses how change at a more regular pace is a completely normal part of everyone’s life. 

Buster and Buddy learn from Stella that instead of worrying about change, by accepting that change is normal and realising that many changes, while uncomfortable or difficult to go through, most lead to great and exciting life experiences! She gives Buster and Buddy loads of advices and tools they can use to help them the next time change comes knocking on their door!

Listen to the show to hear what Stella teaches us, as well as lots of other fun stuff, like …and kids telling us their favourite jokes in Tickle Your Funny Bone!

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Stella O’Malley

Stella O’Malley is a psychotherapist, best-selling author, public speaker and a parent with many years’ experience working in counselling and psychotherapy.

Born in Dublin, Stella now calls Birr, Co. Offaly home where she lives with her husband and two children and runs her private practice.

Stella holds a B.A. in Counselling and Psychotherapy, an M.A. in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and diplomas in Youth Studies, Psychometric Testing and Gender Identity counselling.

Much of Stella’s counselling and teaching work is with parents and young people which culminated in the publication of her two bestselling books ‘Cotton Wool Kids’ in 2015 and ‘Bully-Proof Kids’ in 2017.  Stella’s latest book Fragile, was released in 2019 and focuses on overcoming anxiety and stress.

Forging a career in the Irish media, Stella is a regular contributor to the Irish Independent and the Sunday Independent and also writes extensively about mental health issues for newspapers such as the Irish Times, Sunday Times, Irish Examiner, Evening Herald, Daily Mail, Irish Tatler, Pregnancy and Parenting magazine and many other media outlets.

Stella frequently appears on national and local media such as RTE Radio 1, RTE television, TV3, Newstalk, Today FM and BBC Northern Ireland to discuss a broad range of topics such as mental well-being, mindfulness, conflict resolution in the workplace, communication skills, parenting and childhood issues in Ireland today. 

Fast becoming one of the leading voices on what’s influencing people’s behaviour in Ireland today, Stella gives public talks and lectures on a range of topics for different organisations, nationwide such as ETB, VTOS, the Dept. of Education, Merrill Lynch, the Dept. of Finance and Grow. She lectures in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and Mindfulness for Laois Offaly ETB as well as presenting different talks in libraries and schools around the country on a variety of issues.




Louise Shanagher

Louise Shanagher is a children’s therapist, mindfulness teacher and trainer.

Louise has a BA and MSc in Psychology and further qualifications in Play Therapy and Mindfulness.
She is the creator of the “Creative Mindfulness Kids” method and has trained hundreds of people to be children’s mindfulness teachers.

She is the author of six books: The “Mindfully Me” series, Ireland’s first series of mindfulness books for children and the “Kindfully Me” series and the co-author of Ireland’s first mindfulness curriculum the “Mindful Heart” curriculum.

Louise is passionate about promoting positive mental health for children and young people. She believes that all children should get the opportunity to learn how to practice mindfulness and self-compassion and believes that these practices will help children lead happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives.

Website: https://www.louiseshanagher.com/