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.
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.
“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.