Dr. Richard’s welcome note
Welcome to impulsivity online courses. My name is Dr. Yuliya Richard and I am a Sydney-based clinical psychologist working in private practice. I am the founder of the Impulsivity Online Project, a web-based program designed to help people manage their emotions and gain control over their behaviours.
For more than 14 years I have been helping people to battle addiction, overcome emotional distress, and change their unhealthy habits. I also work with people who struggle in their relationships, at work, or are simply feeling overwhelmed. If people are willing to change their current situation but are not sure how to do it, I can help.
After researching the area of dysfunctional impulsivity as a part of my Doctoral Thesis, I created an online program to assist people in their battle to control impulsive behaviors. I realized that if impulsivity is never addressed then it can negatively impact on all aspects of our lives. It makes us feel ashamed about our actions, weak or lacking discipline and causes us to give up on our dreams and goals. I believe you deserve to know that there is a chance to overcome these difficult behaviors and become stronger. If you don’t fight impulsivity, it will find a way to be in control of you always.
I want you to know that this is not who you are. You simply haven’t learnt how to stop your impulsivity from running your life. But you can learn it, you can practice strategies to set yourself free. Learn more about what we have to offer and enjoy becoming stronger and more in control.
Words to live by
“If you’re not in control of your dysfunctional impulsive behaviours they will control you”. Dysfunctional impulsivity will urge you : “Live in the moment, you only live once. Have fun now! Forget about consequences, do something exciting, don’t worry about planning, do whatever you want today.
Despite what impulsivity tells you to do, living your life this way doesn’t lead to long-lasting happiness. If you binge drink, most likely you feel embarrassment in the morning. If you overspend you, still may struggle with confidence and self-esteem while your house is full of stuff you don’t use. If you gamble, you lie to your partner about it and have increasing debts. If you experience rage, your friendships and relationships suffer. If you procrastinate, you never achieve your goals or dreams. If you eat impulsively, you may feel weak and out of control, while steadily putting on weight. If you try to give up drugs or other unhelpful habits, you may find that it take you longer to break these habits. These behaviors don’t stop on their own! YOU need to take control to change how you deal with your impulses and urges.”
Dr. Yuliya Richard