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