• Have You Found The One? Why Seeing A Therapist Is Like A First Date.

    Thinking about seeing a psychologist? Our founder & head psychologist Mary Hoang explores what you can expect in therapy.

    Preparing to see a psychologist can be like a first date. You never really know what to expect until you rock up, and the lead up to the appointment can be anxiety-inducing to say the least. In preparation you might try to calm your nerves by finding information about your future therapist through their webpage or by doing a Google search. Perhaps your therapist has been recommended to you, so you’ve been building a mental picture of them. In the dating game this is akin to some clever Facebook stalking, or getting some goss off a mutual friend.

    Regardless of how much you do (or don’t) know about your future date/therapist, both situations can be downright scary.

    It’s scary because both situations require vulnerability. You’re expected to share personal information about yourself, and it’s normal to develop your own fears on how people are going to take it, or whether they’ll have the capacity to hold it. Will you be judged? Will you get along? What does the potential for the future hold? Nobody likes feeling vulnerable or exposed, and we humans have a tendency to avoid uncomfortable feelings, so it’s not surprising that people tend to shy away from seeing therapists.

    Nobody ever really wants to see a psychologist. I know this, because I am one.

    When I meet new people in a social setting, people either avoid me, get nervous because they think I can read their innermost thoughts, or are curious about what I know about them.

    Having seen a few psychologists myself, I can tell you firsthand that the experiences have varied from the not-so-helpful to profoundly life-changing. One psychologist I enlisted to help me through a particularly soul-destroying relationship kind of just repeated everything I said, and sessions went nowhere. I had already repeated my story to myself in my head a million times and hearing it outside of me, without any clever leads to something insightful, was frustrating to say the least. If this was a date scenario, having your potential lover repeat what you’ve said back to you, without any engagement in your story, could be a cause for no second date.

    On the flip side, when I was battling issues of self-worth and insecurity, a kind and compassionate therapist led me gently (and sometimes very directly) to the cause of my issues, and I felt –  for the first time –  the feeling of being seen, heard, held and understood. This safe space opened me up to trusting my confidant, and together we examined my fears and found strategies to manage them.

    Trusting your psychologist, or feeling like your therapist is there for you, no matter what, is the foundation of therapy and is otherwise known as the “therapeutic alliance”.

    It’s the feeling that they ‘get you’, like the kind of great first date that makes you swoon and text your mates as soon as it’s over. This alliance is the best predictor of success in therapy, NOT what TYPE of therapy (e.g Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, ACT Therapy) they use. This has been demonstrated in multiple research studies (1-3). Connection is key. It’s not where you go, or what you do, it’s the sense that your therapist is genuinely interested in you, and shows it.

    Like dating, you can get a sense of whether someone ‘gets you’ within the first or second meeting, If you’re not feeling the connection, it’s unlikely that you’ll see the person again. Similarly, if you’re not feeling it with your therapist, change who you see. For something as personal as therapy, it’s important to feel comfortable. (This is why we introduced our Perfect Match Promise here at Indigo).

    So although you may be talking about uncomfortable topics, you need to feel comfortable with your psychologist. You want to be able to talk freely in sessions and not feel judged or worse, pitied. Seeing a good psychologist means that you feel relieved after you’ve been there, even if you feel a little raw after exposing your vulnerabilities. Psychologists might not have all the answers for you, but you should have a sense that they’re trying to understand you, and that they’ve got your back, and they should imbue a feeling of hope in you.

    At The Indigo Project, I’ve hired therapists based on how ‘real’ they are, and their ability to connect with others, not their University grades or list of accomplishments. Having a therapist who is down-to-earth and ‘real’, is having someone that is authentic, compassionate and non-judgmental and who you know at the end of the day, gives a shit about you. This is what real therapy is, and where real healing can occur. Just like dating, finding someone who really cares, can change your world.

    Mary Hoang
    Founder & Head Psychologist, The Indigo Project

    If you’re keen to start your therapeutic journey, check out our incredible team of psychologists, counsellors and life coaches. With over 18 practitioners, each with their own specialties, find a therapist who gets you, today.

    We can help you get your shit together.

    References:

    1. Safran, J.D., Muran, J.C., and Proskurov, B. (2009) Alliance, negotiation, and rupture resolution, in Handbook of Evidence Based Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (eds R. Levy and S.J. Ablon), Humana Press, New York, pp. 201-5.

    2. Horvath, A.O. and Symonds, B.D. (1991) Relation between working alliance and outcome in psychotherapy: a meta-anaysis, Journal of Counseling Psychology, 38 (2), 139-149.

    3. Martin, D., Garske, J., and Davis, M. (2000) Relation of the therapeutic alliance with other outcome and other variables: a meta-analytic review. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 68, 438-450.

  • MEET RASHIDA

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    Meet Rashida

    Welcome to The Indigo Project, Rashida! Could you share a little about what your path to becoming a psychologist looked like?
    It was a long rollercoaster of emotions and experiences. It was approximately a 10 year journey which included my Undergraduate degree, Masters degree and then a 2 year internship program, with some stints overseas working in between.
    You were born in England and have lived all over the world, which locations have had the biggest impact on you?
    I think all of the places I have lived have had equal impact on me to some degree. I have left a piece of my heart in each of these places and they have all given me so much in return. Living in Kenya/Tanzania has probably been the most impactful due to the work I was doing and the connection I have there with my family and my roots.
    “It is so easy to be sucked into the idea that we are supposed to be happy every day when this idea just does not line up with our reality. The beauty of the human condition is that we are able to experience the spectrum of emotions and the joy and pain this brings us can help direct us.”
    RASHIDA DUNGARWALLA
    What are some of the best parts about doing what you do?
    Being inspired by the clients I work with and being witness to the small changes occurring each week is an honour and what really drives me as a clinician and most definitely the best part of what I do.
    What are some of your favourite reads?
    ‘Random Family’ by Adrian Nicole Leblanc and any of Khaled Hosseini/Jodi Picoult or Paulina Simmons books.
    Guilty pleasure?
    Icecream and sleeping in!
    What are some of your favourite Sydney spots?
    Blackwoods beach and Salmon Haul in Cronulla, Bald Hill look out and the Royal National Park.
    Pizza or pasta?
    Pizza, but the bolognese at Queen Margherita in the South of Sydney is also my favourite (how can I possibly choose).
    Currently listening to…
    A lot of Aussie surf punk and rock, Skegss, Ruby Fields. I also love Emma Louise’s new album. Anything by Scala and Kolacny Brothers.
     

    Rashida specialises in anxiety, stress, grief & loss, transformation & change, sex & relationships, creativity, mindfulness and youth. Rashida takes clients weekly on Thursdays. Her rate is $165 p/session
    ($80.00 w/Medicare Rebate).

    If you’d like to chat to Rashida, get in touch. 

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  • MEET SARAH

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    Meet Sarah

    Welcome to The Indigo Project, Sarah! Let’s start with what a day looks like for you…

    If I’m lucky, up early for a quick jog or some yoga, breakfast with the family then either work, or out somewhere with the kids. The latter almost always involves getting messy and a change of clothes. One of my favourite times of day is around 7pm on the bed surrounded by a heap of books and my family.

    Could you share a little about what your path to becoming a psychologist looked like?

    It was a long journey but one I was determined to finish. I actually completed a PhD at the same time as my Psychology registration. Looking back, I would say it was a wonderful time in my career. I loved what I was doing and was excited to see what the future would hold.

    What are some of the best parts about doing what you do?

    I am constantly inspired by my clients. Even when confronted with immense suffering it is amazing how people not only survive, but often go onto connect with a greater purpose and contribute to a better world. Humans are actually very resilient. In the past I have worked with some people with schizophrenia who have been very unwell. Change was not necessarily quick, but it is amazing what can be achieved.

    We all have struggles, just as we all have dreams. To support that process is pretty incredible.

    What are some of your favourite reads?:

    Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl, The Light Between the Oceans by M. L. Stedman, I also enjoy Ian McEwan. Some of my favourites are On Chesil beach, Enduring love and The Cement Garden. I am also enjoying a flashback to my childhood with some Roald Dahl classics such as The BFG, the Witches and of course Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

    Guilty pleasure?

    Gelato. I just can’t stop!

    What are some of your favourite Sydney spots?

    McKell Park for the serenity, Strickland House for a picnic, Nielsen Park for a swim, Marrickville or Carriageworks Farmers market, Hermitage Foreshore Walk and the Royal National Park.

    You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What colour would you be and why:

    Sparkly silver because it sounds like fun. Life is short, I’m here to enjoy it.

    Favourite quote?

    “Be the change that you want to see in the world.” – Gandhi

    Currently listening to…

    Seriously too much Wiggles! I do love music though. It depends on my mood. Maybe The Waifs, David Gray, Ben Harper or Bob Marley.


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  • 3 Tips to a Happier Mind

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    3 Tips to a Happier Mind

    We spend a lot of time being stuck in our heads. Our ability to take long walks to nowhere in our minds, revisit old conversations, think of unsaid comebacks or what’s for dinner is exclusive to us as human beings but this gift is also a curse because it actually makes us unhappy.

    Research says that we spend about 46% of our day in our heads… simply wandering, thinking about anything other than what we’re actually doing. Say if we were up for 16 hours a day, 46% of that is a whopping 7.36 hours! Over seven hours spent being ‘away’ from reality, lost in our own thoughts and not fully experiencing the present moment.

    In a research study by psychologists Matthew A. Killingsworth and Daniel T. Gilbert of Harvard University, they write, “A human mind is a wandering mind, and a wandering mind is an unhappy mind,” Killingsworth and Gilbert write. “The ability to think about what is not happening is a cognitive achievement that comes at an emotional cost.”

    What can we do to reel this wandering mind in, you ask? We’ve got three practical tips:

    TIP #1: Breakfast Brain Dump

    At breakfast every morning, try doing a three-page, unfiltered brain dump of anything and everything that’s in your head. Don’t judge, don’t censor, just write it all down. This will help get all those random, floaty thoughts down on paper and clear your mind before you start the day.

    Bonus: it’s also a fun thing to reread when you’re less half-asleep!

     

    TIP #2: Dedicate to Meditate

    Set aside 10 minutes in the morning (pre or post brain dump) to calm your noisy mind. Meditation can help bring focus to the here and now and give you space to set your intention for the day. It also helps us observe what’s really going on inside when we’re not distracted by our sight. Allow yourself this time to breathe and just be. You really deserve this.

    Bonus: Check out our Spotify playlist – Grounding for Meditation

     

    TIP #3: List It Down

    If you find yourself thinking about an endless list of things to do or plans to make, write it down. You don’t have to remember all of it… this is why we have pen and paper! You can also practice this method whenever your brain feels noisy. Just write down all the thoughts that are going on in your head and look at what you can work on or acknowledge and what doesn’t serve you. Getting it down on paper does wonders, trust us.

    Bonus: Muji has the cleanest, simplest, non-distracting stationery ever. They also come in real handy sizes. We love our stationery if you can’t tell by now.

    Mind Your Mind

    You have control over how much wandering you’d like your mind to do. This week, just try catching yourself whenever your mind wanders. Starting to think about that one random time that thing happened? Pause and return to the moment. Breathe and focus on how your belly rises and falls with each breath. You are here, now.  Also, less wandering = more happiness. Basic math, guys.

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  • Not Your Usual Year End Reflections

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    Not Your Usual Year End Reflections

    Ah, good ol’ end of year feelings. The supermarket shelves are beginning to fill with puddings as quickly as your calendar for December is filling up with party plans. Stores have their trees up and magazines have their centre spread on this year’s must-have ham… and we’ve got a list of things we said we’d do at the beginning of 2018. All our plans and adventures staring right back at us. Isn’t it just ‘the most wonderful time of the year’?

    Sarcasm and panic aside, the year end is a great time for reflection and we’d like you to try two new forms of reflection this year. These two new ideas have one thing in common: no judgement. So put away your pre-written resolutions, tuck them somewhere you’d forget and let’s get started at creating the 2018 we’d actually be proud of.

    REFLECTION #1: What I wish I would’ve done

    This isn’t about going to the gym an extra three times a week or reading 10 new books. Think about what you wish you would have done this year for yourself.

    Is there a call you need to make, an apology that needs to be said or heart-to-heart that needs to happen? Do you need to practice more self-compassion, take time off work, walk away from a toxic relationship, maybe start your own business?

    Think about what you’d truly regret if you didn’t have tomorrow (whoa, things just took a dark turn)… but sometimes, we have to go there – to the scary places that help us reconsider where we are in our lives and what’s that truly important change that needs to happen.

    Do: write down three meaningful things you’d like to accomplish in the next two months and why they are important to you. Put this list somewhere you’d see every day – on your fridge, mirror, door – and try taking small steps that will move you in the direction to make it happen.

    For example, if there’s a difficult call you need to make, start by writing what you’d say. Practice this, feel comfortable saying the things you need to say. Give yourself space and time.

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    REFLECTION #2: The Reverse Bucket List

    This is your real-life highlight reel, your nostalgia playlist with a collection of your greatest moments and memories. All you need to do is write down accomplishments from the past year or so that has left you feeling pretty damn proud of yourself.

    What good does this do? Well, my friend, let me tell you a little something about the power of gratitude and how it enhances a person’s overall wellbeing. A 2015 study published in The Journal of Positive Psychology showed that participants who routinely recalled positive experiences had an increase in their subjective wellbeing. Participants were asked to recall three good things from the past 48 hours and to write them down briefly, every day for a week. These experiences in “grateful recounting” resulted in the participants having an easier time accessing positive memories as a result, consistently recalling these memories, sparked an improved wellbeing.

    Do: Make a list of every.single.thing that has felt like an accomplishment to YOU or what has happened for you that you are grateful for. It doesn’t always have to be the big stuff. You are not going by anyone else’s standards. This is only for you.

    Your list could include a work accomplishment, a new friendship made (lord knows adult friendships are almost impossible), travelling alone, going to an event where you didn’t know anyone – these are things that are worth writing down. You deserve to see how hard you’ve tried despite all your fears.

    The year is yours

    We’re sure you can think of what you’d like to add to both of the reflections lists above so we might just leave you to it. We’re always here if you need the help and support to create the life, the moments, the relationships and the year you want.

    Now, get reflecting and make the rest of 2018 everything you want and need it to be. Make this YOUR most wonderful time of the year.

    Want to take this reflecting a little further? This jam-packed four week course will help you work out what you want, how to get there and keep you accountable for putting the fire back into your life. Realign with your purpose, think deep about your values and start living a life you truly love. We can’t think of a better gift to give yourself this Christmas.

  • Meet Aylin

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    Meet Aylin

    Aylin is our newest Senior Psychologist and resident ice skater. At The Indigo Project, she focuses on helping clients work through challenges so they can experience more positive emotions and self-acceptance as they go on to live their fullest, most engaging life.

    Hey Aylin! It’s so lovely to have you as part of The Indigo Project family. Let’s start with a little insight on how you set yourself up for the day…

    I start my day with some exercise, followed by coffee and breakfast. My days are pretty flexible and varied as I work in a few different roles and capacities – I love the variety. Most days I spend time in my study, working on my PHD or admin. Days when I’m working outside, I’ll be coaching or counselling clients, facilitating workshops, or having other work-related meetings.

    Could you share what your path to becoming a psychologist looked like? Did you always know you wanted to do this?

    I pretty much always knew I wanted to be a psychologist but I also really loved literature and languages so I had a couple of false starts and a circuitous route to my undergraduate psychology degree, via working in hospitality, travelling overseas and having babies.

    What are some of the best parts about doing what you do?

    I love connecting with people and having them trust me enough to share aspects of their lives with me – it’s an absolute privilege. I also feel like I learn a lot from every client I’m working with, which is another wonderful aspect of my role.

    What are some of your favourite reads?

    I am a mental health book junkie! At the moment my favourite read is anything by Irvin Yalom, an amazing psychotherapist. I also loved “When Things Fall Apart” by Pema Chodron, and “Counterclockwise” by Ellen Langer. My favourite fiction book of all time is “The Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver, and anything by Margaret Atwood.

    Guilty pleasure?

    Mmm so many… It’s hard to go past chocolate, though Netflix is a close second, along with reading crime or thriller fiction.

    What are some of your favourite Sydney spots?

    Anywhere near the water… also Blue Mountains – I am always amazed at how stunning they are, and right at our doorstep. We are so lucky in Sydney to have amazing national parks in every direction. I also love going to the Rocks and immersing myself in our history. I love looking at old buildings too so anywhere that has historical architecture is fun for me.

    You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What colour would you be and why:

    Turquoise – I just love that colour!

    Favourite quote:

    What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. OR There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.


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  • SPRING CLEANING FOR THE SOUL

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    Spring Cleaning For The Soul

    Stick those unworn flare jeans back to where they came from, shove those hole-y socks where no one can see them and gently step away from your closet. Yes, this is spring cleaning… but not as you know it. 

    We’re told to discard and dust off material things we no longer need but how often do we look within ourselves to see what we need to let go of? Mental Health Month is coming up next week and in celebration of everything kind to our mind, we’re taking this spring cleaning business to a whole new level. 

    Here’s your guide to getting started. We promise, it’s just as necessary as throwing out that itchy jumper. What you can do:

    1. DECLUTTER YOUR MIND
    What you’ll need: Pen and paper

    We collect way too many thoughts in our heads that often don’t serve us. They could be beliefs we’ve formed at a young age, something shitty someone once said or our own negative self-talk. 

    Find a quiet spot with your journal or some paper. Write down every negative thought that comes to mind. It could be, “I’ll never be good enough” or “I keep making the same mistakes!” or “Writing a list about shitty thoughts feels stupid.” Yes, if that last thought comes up, write it down too.

    Now, think of new and alternative ways of speaking to yourself. What this look and sound like? It could be, “I don’t always know what I’m doing but it’s not going to stop me from trying”, “I am willing to learn” or “My mistakes do not define who I am. I can move forward.” 

    Pay attention to what you’re saying to yourself and release the thoughts that no longer fit who you are and who you want to be. Clear them out and make space for what serves you instead.

    2. SWEEP THROUGH YOUR SOCIALS
    What you’ll need: your phone, brutal honesty with yourself

    Tap, scroll, like, repeat. Our apps can easily become nothing more than a collection of perfectly made-up celebrities, brands that tell us we need this new thing, selfies and someone else’s weekend plans. If any of that brings you down, here’s a suggestion: Unfollow. 

    Be brutally honest with yourself if these are the people, pages or brands who inspire you on a personal or professional level or if they’re the ones who create insta-envy the minute you wake up.

    If you’re feeling extra courageous, maybe delete that ex or weekend fling you have on Facebook. Do you still speak to this person? Do you want them in your life? If the answer is no, liberate yourself from the weird need to stay Facebook-friends… it really doesn’t mean anything outside the digital world. 

    3. DUST OFF OLD FRIENDSHIPS
    What you’ll need: a dose of courage 

    Is there someone in your life you’ve lost touch with? Maybe work got busy, you moved… or life just got in the way. It happens to the best of us. If you’re looking for a sign to reach out, this is it. Send a text, call, schedule a catch up and put it in your calendar. 

    The people we care about are a reminder that we’re not alone in life. So no matter how tough or busy it’s been for you… or them, drop them a note and check in. One of our favourite questions at Indigo is to ask, “How are you, really?” We think that’s a great place to start. 
     


    Feel like you could use a little help with the internal spring cleaning? Speak to one of our practitioners today

    Join us for a FREE panel on World Mental Health Day as we discuss the mind, creativity and how we can work together to break the stigma around mental health and seeking help.

  • MEET ANNEKE

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    Meet Anneke

    Hailing all the way from the Netherlands, Anneke now calls Bondi (and The Indigo Project), home. A frequent traveller who has grown up in Nepal, Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands, Anneke still takes pleasure in stopping and petting dogs on the street. We like her already.  

    Welcome to the Indigo family! We’re so glad to have you as our new Clinical Psychologist. Could you tell us about your journey, how did you make your way into this path and why did you choose Mental Health?

    My journey as a psychologist started out with an interest and passion for adoption and child (developmental) psychology. I found a great amount of fulfilment working with children and teenagers with diverse mental health issues for the past 11 years in the Netherlands. Since moving to Australia, my focus has shifted to broadening the age range of my clients, including adults and the elderly. My main focus is on trauma treatment while incorporating mindfulness and meditation into my sessions. 

    I followed my bliss and moved to Sydney so I could enjoy the outdoors and sunshine. I hope to do the same for my clients – to help them break down their walls, find and follow their bliss.

    What are some of the best parts about doing what you do:

    My passion lies in focussing on my client’s inner strengths and working together to get them back on track. It’s what puts a smile on my face. 

    What are some of your favourite reads:

    The Power of Now by Echart Tolle; Lying on the Couch by Irvin D. Yalom; The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson; books by Roald Dahl; Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen; The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield;  Brida by Paulo Coelho.

    Guilty pleasures? 

    Chocolate covered dates, Messina Ice-cream, Prosecco, Browsing markets or Opshops for 2nd hand treasures, stopping to pet dogs on the street, singing along to music in the car, daydreaming about owning a poptop campervan.

    What are some of your favourite Sydney spots?

    Bondi Beach (my home, I often get stuck in the Bondi bubble ☺) Wendy’s Secret Garden, the Rocks, MCA, Opera House, Karloo Pool in Royal National Park and Blue Mountains.

    You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What colour would you be and why: 

    Turquoise. It reminds me of the ocean, soothing and calm but also wild at times. I think I must have been a mermaid in my past life ☺

    Favourite quote:

    “Follow your bliss and the Universe will open doors where there were only walls.”—Joseph Campbell

    Currently listening to (podcast/music/anything): 

    Xavier Rudd, Spotify (Acoustic Hits, Chilled Jazz), David Lurey, Riverbear Medicine, Bob Marley.


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  • THE PRACTISE OF LETTING GO

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    The Practice of Letting Go

    Letting go is a process. It is sometimes painful, sometimes effortless but should be continuous. In this piece, we’re not talking about burning everything that once belonged to your ex, sending angry text messages, having a big cry or dancing the pain away (though the last bit sounds fun). 

    We’re talking about facing up to the emotions and the pain. We know, angry texts and tears are beginning to sound a lot more appealing now… but stay with us. You don’t want to push down the pain, you want to give it space. You need to honour what was while learning to forgive them and yourself. Here are two ways of doing it:

    1. PUT PEN TO PAPER

    Writing can be cathartic. It allows us to release pent up emotions and hurts that we’d usually never allow on the surface. This is for all the words we never got to say – to ourselves or to others. 

    • All you need is pen, paper and the courage to be honest with yourself. 
    • Understand that this is your space and no one needs to read it.
    • Picture the person you’d like to write to.
    • It could be yourself, it could be a friend, family member or ex partner.
    • It could be a failed relationship that’s searching for closure.
    • Write what hurts and express what you’ve been holding on to.
    • Only go as far as you’d like.
    • When you’re done, do what feels comfortable for you:
    • Tear the paper to shreds, tuck it away in a journal or toss it in the fire.
    • Be kind and gentle with yourself. It takes courage to do what you just did. 

    2. SEE THEM AGAIN

    No, we’re not talking physically. This is a visualisation exercise and it could help you discover closure and rewrite the ending of a painful past.

    • Find a quiet spot in a comfortable space.
    • Close your eyes and take three deep breaths.
    • Visualise the person you’d like to let go of, standing before you.
    • Look them in the eye and let them know how you really feel.
    • Give yourself permission to say what you’ve always wanted to say.
    • When you feel like you’re done, take three more deep breaths
    • Breathe in the possibility of new beginnings
    • Breathe out the pain and what no longer serves you
    • Do this with the intention of creating space for yourself and for healing to begin.

    Come back to these practises as often as you need and treat them as a form of self-care. It’s like yelling from the top of a mountain but we’re bringing the mountain to you. 

    Note: If you are dealing with a deeper hurt, trauma or emotions you can’t seem to grasp, we do recommend seeking professional help. At The Indigo Project, we have a team of practitioners who can work with you through your pain. 

    We’ve recently had Aylin Dulagil join us. Aylin is a Senior Psychologist who has helped clients work through relationships and communication issues, anxiety, stress and trauma. Her passion lies in helping clients work with their emotions through an approach that’s grounded in warmth, empathy and support.  


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  • Meet Alex Roach

    Meet Alex Roach

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    Alex is the newest member of the Indigo family and she has joined us as a Registered Psychologist who is passionate about evidence-based interventions. Alex draws on modalities such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness, to tailor treatments that are built on her client’s strengths. She believes in taking a warm and compassionate approach with her clients and strives to provide a safe space for them to explore their needs while pushing for the life they want.

    Hey Alex! Welcome to the Indigo Project. Can you tell us a little about what your path to becoming a psychologist looked like?
    It was looong! Filled with blood, sweat and tears. But it was all worth it and I couldn’t picture myself doing anything else.

    What does a day look like for you?
    It depends… Some days I manage to fit in yoga, a moment of mindfulness with my coffee, catching up with friends and cooking delicious food all around my work schedule, others I’m crawling over glass to the finish line of the day.  

    What are some of the best parts about doing what you do?
    The privilege of getting to know my clients, feeling in awe of people’s resilience and getting to talk about all the feels all the time.

    What are some of your favourite reads?
    ’The Happiness Trap’ – Russ Harris (because we all get stuck), ‘The Body Keeps the Score’ – Bessel Van Der Kolk (to better understand how the mind and body talk), ‘A Little Life’ – Hanya Yanagihara (a beautiful story of friendship)

    Guilty pleasure?
    Hot cinnamon donuts (5 pack to be specific) from Butter in Surry Hills.

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    What are some of your favourite Sydney spots? 
    I moved to Sydney from Canberra last year so still discovering all that the city has to offer. Some of my favourites so far are Blackwater Bay, Wayward Brewery and the comfort of my cozy apartment.

    Currently listening to?
    Invisibilia – A podcast exploring the “invisible forces” that shape human behaviour.

    At The Indigo Project, we’re changing the way people think about therapy. We look at things from a human perspective and believe that each of us have a story to tell. This is Alex’s story with us. If you’re interested in working with Alex to get your shit together, book in below or give us a ring at +612 9212 5469 


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