ASH KING

PROVISIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST / COUNSELLOR & COACH

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Howard Thurman

Ash King is counsellor, coach and provisionally registered psychologist, who believes mental health and the road to wellbeing and fulfilment can be a pretty awesome adventure (although, not always the easiest one!)

Ash works passionately within the mental health space as Indigo’s content manager, as well as undertaking a phd with the Cyberpsychology Research Group at the University of Sydney, exploring social media, mental health and identity. In her former life, she worked across a range of creative fields, including in film & tv production, live music, visual arts and commercial radio. Nowadays, she loves supporting creatives and young people seeking to know themselves better and tap into their potential.

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Ash draws on Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment therapy. She thrives working with individuals, teams and organisations who are looking to utilise the wisdom and science of psychology to better understand themselves, mental wellbeing, creativity, teamwork and leadership.

She believes that learning to manage the mind can be a fun and inquisitive process. Through humour, wisdom and insight, she helps individuals & organisations develop practical skills to go deep, get wise, and be happy. 

Anxiety

Stress

Perfectionism

Self-Compassion

Depression

Relationships

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Ash’s tips to support a mate who needs to vent

“1. Listen, listen, listen. Ask questions like “tell me more”, and “how does that make you feel?” to give you a greater understanding of their experience.
2. Validate their emotional truth. How someone feels is never up for debate. Acknowledge their emotional experience by repeating “feeling” words back to them, e.g. “I was just so frustrated at my boss…” “I can imagine, that sounds so frustrating for you…”
3. Don’t rush to fill a pause. Each time they finish talking, pause for a few seconds without saying anything (this will probably feel awkward at first).
4. Help them find their feelings. Encourage them to describe their emotions as carefully as possible. Let them land on the words themselves – don’t rush to fill in the dots.
5. Find out how to help. Once they’re done venting, finish  up with a sincere offer to help. “What can I do to help? or “is there anything you need right now I can do?” And then do it.

Outside the therapy room

“You can find me listening to rock n roll records, watching horror movies or down an Instagram-wormhole! I love supporting my mates in the live music and visual art scenes, and am always on the lookout for Sydney’s best pepperoni pizza.”

What I’m Reading…

THE HAPPINESS HYPOTHESIS – JONATHAN HAIDT

“Love all of Haidt’s books and how he helps me make sense of the human mind. “

Email to Book your Session with Ash 

Price available upon request. 

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