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    Louise Harvey


    “The body always leads us home… if we can simply learn to trust sensation and stay with it long enough for it to reveal appropriate action, movement, insight, or feeling.”


    Louise is a Clinical Psychologist with a passion for working holistically. She believes that deep healing and growth come from connecting to our whole experience, our bodies, emotions and thoughts. 

    With over 10 years experience, her strengths lie in supporting people to recover from trauma, childhood adversity and addiction. She is passionate about helping people foster nourishing relationships with themselves and others in order to build full and meaningful lives.

    Louise sees her role as therapist as developing connections based on openness, acceptance and positive regard. Louise combines elements of somatic psychotherapy and mindfulness with evidence based approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

    Louise believes the path to growth involves recognising, celebrating and building upon our existing strengths and resources. “I see therapy as an opportunity to slow down and turn inwards, to notice, feel and make sense of how we experience the world. I believe that from this place we have the opportunity to grow and break free of old, self-limiting thoughts, emotions and behaviours”.  

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    Trauma and Complex Trauma 




    Transformation and Change 

    Louise’s Grounding Tip: For when you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed

    Standing, shift your weight into the different areas of the feet: the toes, heels and sides. Come to balance your weight evenly across the entire surface of the feet. Sense the feet soften as they connect with the earth. Unlock and gently bend your knees, moving gently up and down. Shift the weight from leg to leg before allowing your weight to balance between your legs. Come to stand in stillness, sense into the weight of your body. Feel the gentle pull of gravity downwards connecting your feet to the ground.   

    Outside the therapy room

    I love food, both eating out and cooking. I’m really into Sri Lankan food at the moment. On the weekends, I go to the farmers markets in Eveleigh or Blackheath in the Blue Mountains to buy fresh ingredients. I like hiking and can often be found bushing walking in the Blue Mountains National Park. Ruined Castle is one of my favourite tracks. I am not adverse to a Netflix binge.

    Surry Hills Cafe and Restaurant

    What I’m Listening To…


    I’m currently listening to Maggie Rogers – Heard it in a past life. I am loving the uplifting mix of honest, self-aware lyrics and earthy, organic danceable music. Whenever I hear her songs I can’t help but dance and sing.

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    $160.20 w/Medicare Rebate
    $285 without Medicare Rebate
    Wed, Thu and Fri

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    Michael Magee


    “Identify your mind’s favourite stories… Once you’ve acknowledged a story, that’s it—just let it be…Simply let it come and go as it pleases, while you channel your energy into doing something you value.”


    Michael takes a practical and creative approach to therapy, with a focus on developing a shared understanding of his clients’ goals, motivations, and personal history. Warm and engaging, Michael encourages reflection and exploration of how personal concerns may come to dominate our thoughts, feelings and behaviour.

    He has worked extensively with clients experiencing alcohol and drug misuse. For many clients, these issues are related to unresolved past issues, or as a way to deal with stress, anxiety, self-esteem and relationship issues. Michael believes that each of us has the capacity to build insight into our own motivations and behaviours, and to develop new and more adaptive ways to manage issues in our lives.

    With a passion for martial arts, Michael has travelled the world representing Australia in Taekwondo. This saw him supporting Olympic and Paralympic athletes to balance world-class performances with holistic person development. He enjoys integrating his knowledge of psychology to help high performance athletes train and perform under pressure.

    A career highlight involved supporting newly retired athletes with transition and transformation in their life after retiring from sport. Michael believes that all individuals hold the strength to support themselves in achieving mastery in new life directions.

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    Anxiety & Stress

    Sport & High Performance


    Career Counselling & Transition

    Chronic Pain

    Alcohol & Substance Issues

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    Michael’s Quick Stress Tip

    When we’re trying to achieve an important goal, we can often get nervous and find our stress peaking the closer we get. How do we manage this?

    Name the experience: Name familiar feelings and thoughts to recognise unhelpful patterns. 
    Normalise: Remind yourself these unpleasant experiences are normal. 
    Mindfulness: Your thoughts are not necessarily the truth. Practise mindfulness. Observe your experiences coming and going. 
    Commit to valued action: Ensure your actions are moving you towards what is most important to you even if it is temporarily distressing.
    Focus on the controllable: Mindfully attend to the things you need to do and can do to control the situation – not those you can’t. Do not push unpleasant experiences away, but try to accept these whilst bringing your attention back to doing what matters.

    Outside the therapy room

    When not in the therapy room you will find Michael enjoying snorkelling around Clovelly and Sydney’s other beaches or find him practising martial arts. He also enjoys playing the guitar and cooking.

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    What I’m Reading…


    Michael enjoys gardening, though lacks the green thumb at times to make his garden flourish. Currently he is reading “The Edible Balcony” By Indira Naidoo which describes how to turn an inner-city apartment balcony into a green oasis and make seasonal recipes from the garden. Michael describes his garden as a “work in progress”.

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    $145.20 with Medicare Rebate
    $230 without Medicare Rebate

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    Darren Everett

    Darren Everett


    “Happiness is not the absence of problems, its the ability to deal with them.”


    Darren is a Senior Psychologist with extensive experience in helping people to overcome their challenges to become the best they can be. Darren has a long standing history of successfully working with adolescents, adults, and leading personalities across sport, business, music and the arts, including clinical support for The Olympic Games and major AFL clubs. Darren has an amazing ability to relate to people and build strong relationships with his clients.

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    Darren Everett The Indigo Project

    He is constantly given the feedback that his sessions are highly supportive, free of judgement and always beneficial. Above all else, when you see Darren he treats you as an equal and is passionate and driven to understand you. Darren prides himself on working closely with you to design solutions to overcome your unique challenges. In his sessions, he is passionate about using modern approaches to psychology to help you exceed what you thought was capable for yourself.

    People often say seeing Daren is not like seeing a Psychologist, but more like catching up with an old friend, the only difference being that Darren offers techniques, strategies and skills to help you achieve the life you want.

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    Marriage & Relationships Counselling




    High performance thinking

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    Darren on Dealing with Adversity

    Life can be tough and challenging. However in the face of adversity, pain or challenge it is critical that you fight to identify &/or maintain your values, and that which drives you. During these times it is critical to get a handle on your thinking, as what you think will have a significant impact on how you are feeling and how you are coping with your challenges.

    Outside the therapy room

    Darren has a lust for life. On weekends you’ll find him outdoors kayaking, chasing large game fish or exploring new bush trails. At night he loves exploring the great restaurants of Sydney and attending live concerts and going to the theatre. If you still can’t find him, he’s likely to be out drinking great coffee and watching the world go by.

    April Ash Psychologist The Indigo Project Hiking at Sunset

    What Darren’s Up To Right Now

    Darren loves to explore the limits of the body and mind and is currently preparing to climb Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa and run the New York Marathon.

    Book your Session with Darren

    $200.20 w/Medicare Rebate
    $285 without Medicare Rebate

    $265.20 w/Medicare Rebate
    $350 without Medicare Rebate

    Mon and Fri

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    Anja Schmidkunz, psychologist at The Indigo Project

    Anja Schmidkunz


    “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

    – Neale Donald Walsch

    Anja is a Registered Senior Psychologist who has worked with a diverse range of clients across a number of clinical and holistic settings in her many years as a therapist.

    Anja’s approach allows her clients to look within and build a relationship with themselves so they can successfully communicate what they want in external relationships, in their careers and other areas of their lives. Her areas of expertise include relationships, anxiety, stress management and self-compassion.

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    Anxiety Psychologist in Sydney CBD seeing a client

    Anja’s strong suit lies in her capacity for empathy and passion for helping clients build resilience through difficult emotions. She does this by combining her knowledge of Mindfulness techniques with tools from evidence-based treatments such Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

    At the risk of completely exposing her reality TV-watching habits, she sums up her therapeutic approach in the words of the great and wise RuPaul: “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?”

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    Mood Disorders



    Stress Management



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    Anja’s self-compassion tip

    Self-compassion is never about self-indulgence or self-pity, it’s about doing what’s most effective for you. Doing this becomes much more difficult when your self-critic is especially loud.

    Instead of buying into your self-critic, ask yourself: “What would I say to a friend?”. Think about how you show up for someone you truly love when they are in pain. Imagine what difference it could make if you show up for yourself with the same words or actions that you would use to comfort a friend. This could come in the form of some reassuring words or simply asking the question: “What can I do to help?”

    Outside the therapy room

    On weekends, you’ll find Anja fuelling her love for either food or music; baking new recipes, checking out new restaurants and the latest bands. She also loves being out in nature where she can happily sit and stare at the ocean or literally stop and smell the flowers while on a hike.

    Anja Schmidkunz cooking pasta
    The Sinner

    What I’m Watching…


    “I am currently sad to have finished The Sinner much faster than I wanted to. It follows a detective that attempts to solve a murder where the killer is known but the motive is not. As the investigation continues we learn more about the detective’s past and how he comes to some sort of peace with his own past. It’s as captivating as it is entertaining and speaks strongly to the forensic psychologist in me. Warning: highly addictive… “

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    $160.20 with Medicare Rebate
    $245 without Medicare Rebate
    Mon, Tue, Wed

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    Psychologist in Sydney, Charlene Neuhoff The Indigo Project

    Charlene Neuhoff


    “So much of the world is geared to take advantage of our inner discomfort. Feeling empty in a full life often becomes the norm. Learning how to tag out of that bullshit, acknowledge who we really are and how we really feel is powerful and so important”


    Charlene is a Registered Psychologist with a focus on strengths-based approaches that leverage a person’s natural abilities and tap into their motivations for change.

    Charlene has developed a reputation for her open, empathetic and gentle approach, nurturing her clients to overcome their obstacles with self-compassion and self acceptance.

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    Psychologists in Sydney, Charlene Neuhoff, The Indigo Project

    Charlene supports her clients to work through a number of challenges, such as anxiety, trauma, grief and shame, by utilising techniques and tools from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Mindfulness.

    Passionate about her work, Charlene remains at the forefront of what psychology has to offer and integrates this interest into her work in the therapy room, while offering a down-to-earth and friendly approach.

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    Self Acceptance 


    Mood Disorders




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    Charlene’s tip for dealing with anxiety

    1. Go after the cause, not the symptoms. Anxiety is a message from your body to stop what you’re doing and notice that you’re hurting. We need to find and tend to what’s beneath the message.

    2. Try to normalize the feeling. It’s a sign of your body trying to help.

    3. Nourish and move your body. It may not be the cure for anxiety but it does play a big part.

    Outside the therapy room

    I’m kicking my own ass at Bikram yoga. I’m fortunate enough to sit across from beautiful people all day. But the sitting part is brutal. Bikram fixes that, plus yay for heat shock proteins. I also live at cafe’s. I’ll often be that weirdo nerding out in the corner with a giant (ill-advised) coffee.

    Psychologist in Sydney, Yoga, Meditation
    Joe Rogan Experience, The Indigo Project

    What I’m Listening To:…


    This is a podcast built around long, casual conversations with the most interesting and brilliant people on the planet. I find listening to how these people think and live fascinating. The host Joe is a hilarious character. He’s a straight shooter, so you either love that or hate that about him. But I love a good rascal! Favourite guests so far have to be Dr Rhonda Patrick, Paul Stamets, Michael Pollan, Russell Brand, and Hamilton Morris.

    Book your Session with Charlene

    $160.20 w/Medicare Rebate
    $245 without Medicare Rebate

    $215.20 w/Medicare Rebate
    $300 without Medicare Rebate

    Thur, Fri

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    Psychologist Surry Hills, Anxiety, Stress

    Maja Czerniawska


    “What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.”


    Maja is a Registered Psychologist who brings an inspiring creative edge to the field. Having recently completed a masters in Art Therapy, Maja champions the transformative and healing qualities of creativity, by incorporating it into her work with clients. This ability to utilise art therapy processes within psychological therapy sessions has seen her facilitate expression, exploration and processing of presenting concerns.

    Art Therapy Sydney, The Indigo Project
    Psychologist Sydney CBD, Art Therapy

    With over fourteen years experience, Maja works collaboratively within a client centred approach utilising a range of modalities, predominantly mindfulness based strategies, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

    Having developed a reputation for her inquisitive, warm and down-to-earth nature in the therapy room, Maja is passionate about supporting her clients through their challenges and helping to pave their future.

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    Mood Disorders

    Identity Development


    Life Path Challenges

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    Maja’s tip for dealing with anxiety

    Anxiety is a normal part of the human experience. When you notice some uncomfortable feelings, try to take a moment to check in with yourself.

    Ask, “What am I feeling? What’s going through my mind right now?” Noticing in this way allows for an opportunity to take a step away from the experience and remind yourself that thoughts are just thoughts, not facts.

    Include some mindfulness in your daily life. This can be as simple as paying deliberate attention to how that morning cup of tea tastes, or really listening to the lyrics of your favourite songs. Or take try a meditation course or yoga classes.

    Checking in with yourself as you go through your day helps cultivate mindfulness, which then grows your ability to observe rather than react to your thoughts and feelings.

    Outside the therapy room

    You can find Maja making art and wandering around art galleries like White Rabbit in Chippendale, taking in inspiration. She loves a dip in the ocean, hanging with family and friends, checking out live music and is currently trying to master the headstand in yoga class.

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    Brett Whiteley Book

    What I’m Reading…


    I’m currently really into artists’ biographies. At the moment I’m enjoying Brett Whiteley’s biography Art, Life and the Other Thing by Ashleigh Wilson. It offers a great insight into not only his life as a bohemian and development as an artist but also his journey with drug use, addiction and his struggle with recovery.

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    $160.20 w/Medicare Rebate
    $245 without Medicare Rebate

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    Psychologist Sydney, Sarah Marshall

    Sarah Marshall


    “I wanted to find a profession where I could directly contribute to improving other lives. I believe what unites people is a greater need for human connection, to feel heard, understood and to find a sense of meaning and purpose.”


    As a young person embarking on a professional ballet career, Sarah learnt very early about the power of the mind and how it could be both detrimental and advantageous to one’s performance. This brought on a passion for understanding the mind better in order to harness its potential.

    Sarah joins us as a Registered Psychologist with a PhD and background in research, plus clinical experience. Her journey to becoming a therapist comes from an intrinsic interest and curiosity in people.

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    Sydney Psychologist, Sarah Marshall

    Sarah’s approach to therapy is grounded in kindness, empathy and honesty. She enjoys bringing a sense of creativity to her work and laughter (when the situation affords).

    Drawing on evidence-based approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness and Positive Psychology, Sarah trusts that these ways of working allow her to journey alongside her clients, assisting them to manage thoughts and feelings more effectively, in turn creating rich and purposeful lives.

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    Grief & Loss


    Transformation & Change



    A plant and mirror in a white room

    Sarah’s tip for becoming more self-compassionate

    We’re often our own harshest critic even though the reality is, we all make mistakes, have personal failings and go through difficult times. It’s often easier for us to be kinder to others than to ourselves but here are some tips on how to turn compassion inwards:

    1. Give yourself permission to recognise that life is difficult for all of us.
    2. Take slow, deep breaths and allow yourself a few minutes to tune into your thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations. Do this with an attitude of openness and curiosity.
    3. Consider how you speak to yourself. What do you say and how do you say it? If your critic is kicking in, try acknowledging your pain and offering a comforting kind word. For example, you could say something like “This really hurts, I’m here for you right now”.
    4. Try offering a kind gesture. Think about how you might use your touch to comfort an injured child or puppy. Take your own hand and place it on your body in a gentle soothing manner. For example, if you feel pain in your belly or throat you could try placing your hand in that area or simply place your hand lovingly on your heart.
    5. Think about what you would say to a loved one in the same situation. Write it down in the form of a letter and read it to yourself.
    6. Consider if there is a kind action you can take. For example, can you speak to a friend or family member who cares? Or take some time out to engage in a relaxing or soothing activity.

    Outside the therapy room

    Sarah is usually at the park with her kids, climbing up trees or digging in the dirt. Her happy places include treks through mountains and jungles and chilling out on the beach.

    Psychologist Surry Hills
    The animated cover of podcast Ladies We Need To Talk

    What I’m Listening To…

    Ladies, We Need To Talk (Podcast)

    I am currently enjoying ‘Ladies, We Need To Talk’ podcast with Yumi Stynes. It’s written for women, by women. It tackles challenging topics that are not openly spoken about. Think educational with a good dose of humour. The podcast shine new light on topics such as hormones, sex, libido, mental health, relationships and pregnancy loss.

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    $160.20 with Medicare Rebate
    $245 without Medicare Rebate
    Tues, Thurs

    I’m READY

    Psychologist Sydney CBD, Aylin Dulagil, The Indigo Project

    Aylin Dulagil


    “You are imperfect and wired for struggle, and you are still worthy of love and belonging.”


    Aylin is a Registered Psychologist who focusses on helping her clients work through challenges to experience more positive emotions and self-acceptance. She believes inspiring relationships and nurturing connections are key to living a rich and flourishing life.

    “If you’re struggling in your relationships, the key is to be more aware of the part you’re playing in it – are you living according to your values, are you communicating clearly about what you want and what thinking style are you adopting?”

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    Sydney Psychologist Aylin Dulagil at The Indigo Project with a client

    Her approach is grounded in warmth, empathy and support and her passion lies in helping her clients work with their minds and emotions so they can live their fullest and most engaging life.

    “Each of us are unique individuals with different strengths and qualities. Our ability to tolerate discomfort, create helpful habits and live according to our values are integral for an authentic and meaningful life. Life is too short to just go through the motions and if we did that, we would be denying ourselves a rich, full and well-lived experience.”

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    Positive Psychology




    Workplace Issues

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    Aylin’s tip on how to create a life most worth living

    Spend some time understanding what matters to you most – it could be your values, what you want to stand for, how you want to be remembered, your strengths, or the person that you want to be in relationships with friends, intimate partners, or children.

    Remember that a meaningful life is a rich tapestry of experience that will include the whole gamut of emotions; joy, guilt, anger, awe, sadness, gratitude, regret, and more. Develop awareness of your thoughts and feelings so that you are aware of their impact on your behaviour, and whether your behaviour moves you away or towards taking action that is aligned to your values.

    Finally, prioritise practising appreciation for what you do have in your life. Keeping a gratitude journal helps you notice the positive things in your life and appreciate the life you are living.

    Outside the therapy room

    Aylin can be found writing her PhD, reading novels and psychology texts, ice skating and designing costumes for her competitions on ice.

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    Figure Skating, Aylin Dulagil

    What I’m Watching…


    These skaters inspire me to keep going with my skating because they are so incredibly strong, athletic, and beautiful. They make the most difficult things look easy and graceful. I know how hard it is to accomplish, and the years of dedication and work that go into performances like this. It’s easy to forget that they are doing all of this on blades!

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    $160.20 with Medicare Rebate
    $245 without Medicare Rebate
    Mon, Tues

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