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  • ANNEKE REIJMERINK

    EMDR Therapy Sydney Anneke Reijmerink The Indigo Project

    Anneke Reijmerink

    CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

    “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.”

    – JOSEPH CAMPBELL

    Having grown up in different countries including Nepal, Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands, Anneke now calls Sydney home. She joins us as a Clinical Psychologist with a holistic approach and a passion for working with her clients’ inner strengths to get them back on track.

    “My work puts a smile on my face. I hope to help my clients break down walls and find and follow their bliss as I have followed mine.”

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    EMDR Therapy Sydney Anneke Reijmerink The Indigo Project

    Her journey as a psychologist started out in the Netherlands where she worked with children and teenagers for the past 11 years. Since moving to Australia, Anneke has shifted her focus to broadening her range of clients while incorporating mindfulness and meditation.

    Using a variety of evidence-based interventions including, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR Therapy), and Mindfulness, Anneke brings her expertise into each session along with genuine warmth, positivity and a hint of humour.

    Book your session with Anneke

    Trauma

    Anxiety & Stress

    Adolescents

    Depression

    Grief & Loss

    Self-Esteem

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    Anneke’s Anxiety Tip

    Focus on your breath and try to stay present. You can do this by breathing in and expanding the belly, moving the air up to the chest, then to the throat and releasing in the reverse manner – throat, chest and finally, letting go in the belly.

    Another tip I use myself, when stressed, is shower meditation: imagining that with each and every drop of water, all my tension, stress and worries are washed away. It really helps me relax at the end of the day.

    Outside the therapy room

    Anneke enjoys travelling, yoga, being in nature and close to the ocean, going to concerts/music festivals, exploring Sydney, snowboarding, catching up with her friends, staying in touch with her family/friends in Amsterdam and daydreaming about buying a pop-top campervan.

    Yoga Mindfulness Surry Hills

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    $160.50 with Medicare Rebate
    $285 without Medicare Rebate
    Wed, Thurs

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  • APRIL ASH

    Sydney Clinical Psychology April Ash The Indigo Project

    April Ash

    CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

    “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”

    – APRIL ASH

    April is a Clinical Psychologist working with a range of presentations, her main area of speciality being grief and loss – whether physical, in the form of a relationship or identity.

    April believes in the creation of a judgement-free space where an individual can safely explore and reflect on themselves and their world, while being witnessed and gently guided in developing greater self-awareness, acceptance and ultimately meaningful change.

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    Sydney Clinical Psychologist April Ash, Trauma Anxiety

    April is renowned for her warm, collaborative and down to earth approach. Having worked with people from all walks of life and in a diverse range of practical settings, she is passionate about integrating different approaches to therapy to tailor to each individual’s needs.

    April has an interest in working holistically, understanding the importance of the mind and body, and fun and creativity. She is particularly interested in helping her clients create meaning within their lives and supporting them in cultivating connections as well as creating and accepting change.

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    Grief & Loss

    Anxiety

    Trauma

    Gender & Sexuality

    Adolescents

    Stress

    A plant and mirror in a white room

    April’s small steps for dealing with grief & loss

    Feel your loss – Whether you’re numb, consumed by emotion or somewhere in between, it can be helpful to spend some time sitting with our loss. Although difficult, we need to feel the pain in order to process and make meaning from loss.

    Express your loss – Talk about it, write about it, sing about it, dance to it, put a tune to it. Expressing grief, particularly through writing or other creative pursuits, can help process the deeper emotional content of our grief

    Try to take meaning from your loss – What has this loss taught you about what’s important in life? How has it changed you and shaped you?

    Bring it back to basics – Look after yourself as best you can. Focus on exercising, eating proper meals, getting enough sleep, connecting with your support networks and keeping a routine to help give you purpose.

    Be gentle – There’s no right way to do it and you’re doing the best you can.

    Outside the therapy room

    April can be found on weekend adventures all over Sydney, trying out new restaurants and cafes. She’s a keen tennis player and loves being out in nature, hiking and chasing waterfalls. April savours time with those she loves, and spending time alone, reading, listening to podcasts and binge-watching Netflix series. She has big love for a good macchiato and the kitchen is her happy place.

    April Ash Psychologist The Indigo Project Hiking at Sunset

    What I’m Reading…

    THE CIRCADIAN CODE SATCHIN PANDA

    The Circadian Code is an interesting and informative read on how to re-align or get in sync with our body’s instinctive biological rhythm. It has been a good reminder and guide in slowing down, listening to my body on a biological level and refocusing on the basics for general wellbeing.

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    $160.50 w/Medicare Rebate
    $285 without Medicare Rebate
    Mon, Tues, Fri

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  • SAM BARR

    Sydney Psychologist, Sam Barr

    Sam Barr

    CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

    “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”

    – JOSEPH CAMPBELL 

    Sam is a registered psychologist with a deep love of music and a passion for helping people. Rather than specialising in particular troubles or issues, however, it is his way of seeing things that characterises his approach. Sam’s practice revolves around awareness, acceptance, integrity, creativity and humour.

    In the therapy room, Sam suspends assumptions and keeps his mind open, making room for unexpected possibilities. He has a deep faith in people’s ability to change, and in the power of relationships, including therapy, to catalyse that growth in multiple ways, at different levels and tempos.

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    Psychologist Surry Hills, Sam Barr

    His approach to therapy draws on the principles of Gestalt therapy, as well as other humanistic approaches. Sam values connection above all else, both within and outside of therapy.

    Sam once spent six months travelling around North and Central America, surfing and living out of a van. Later, he lived and worked in Quito, Ecuador for half a year. He says by far his greatest adventure, however, has been becoming a husband and father.

    Book your session with sam

    Depression 

    Relationship

    Grief & Loss 

    Anxiety

    Family Issues 

    Stress

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    Sam’s relationship tip

    A wise soul once said the fundamental question in any relationship is, “How can I be me, and be with you?”.

    This is no mean feat! It’s a worthy and fertile quest, however, one brimming with opportunities for awareness and personal growth, as well as joy, solace, and intimacy. As Martin Buber counsels, try to know what you feel, say what you mean, and do what you say. Welcome to the beautiful struggle!

    Outside the therapy room

    When he’s not doing the laundry and grocery shopping, Sam can be found playing Scrabble with his family, or bodysurfing with them at Sydney beaches. After dark, he’s out playing as many gigs as he can get, drumming with various small jazz combos at little venues around town.

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    Thelonious Monk

    What I’m Listening To…

    Thelonious Monk. A true original, Monk simultaneously regards and disregards the rules of music, creating something that – to Sam’s ear – is bent just right. You can be sure Monk’s recently discovered lost album is on his vinyl wish list.

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    $170.50 without Medicare Rebate
    $295 w/Medicare Rebate

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  • ANJA SCHMIDKUNZ

    Anja Schmidkunz, psychologist at The Indigo Project

    Anja Schmidkunz

    SENIOR PSYCHOLOGIST

    “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

    Anxiety

    Mindfulness

    Stress Management

    Relationships

    Self-Compassion

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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…

    THE SINNER

    “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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  • AYLIN DULAGIL

    Psychologist Sydney CBD, Aylin Dulagil, The Indigo Project

    Aylin Dulagil

    SENIOR PSYCHOLOGIST

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

    – BRENÉ BROWN

    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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    Well-being

    Positive Psychology

    Coaching

    Mindfulness

    Stress

    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…

    FRENCH FIGURE SKATERS: GABRIELLA PAPADAKIS & GUILLAUME CIZERON

    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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  • MAJA CZERNIAWSKA

    Psychologist Surry Hills, Anxiety, Stress

    Maja Czerniawska

    REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGIST

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

    – HENRY DAVID THOREAU 

    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.

    Book your session with Maja

    Addictions

    Anxiety

    Mood Disorders

    Identity Development

    Adolescents

    Life Path Challenges

    A plant and mirror in a white room

    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…

    ART, LIFE AND THE OTHER THINGS – ASHLEIGH WILSON

    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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  • SARAH MARSHALL

    Psychologist Sydney, Sarah Marshall

    Sarah Marshall

    SENIOR PSYCHOLOGIST

    “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.”

    – SARAH MARSHALL

    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.

    Book your session with Sarah

    Anxiety

    Grief & Loss

    Stress

    Transformation & Change

    Depression

    Relationships

    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.

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    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.

    Book your session with Sarah

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

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  • ALEX ROACH

    Alex Roach, Psychologist Sydney

    Alex Roach

    REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGIST

    “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”
    – CARL ROGERS

    Alex is a Registered Psychologist who is known for her relatable, compassionate client approach. Alex is all about providing a safe space for people to explore their needs while helping them create the life they want.

    Alex works with clients across various life stages and is passionate about helping them through mood disorders, anxiety and stress. Alex also works with parents in managing challenging behaviour and to support healthy family systems.

    Practitioner room of Sydney Psychologist Alex Roach
    Surry Hills Therapist Alex Roach

    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 for her clients’ strengths.

    Always bursting with a smile and down for a chat, Alex has gained a reputation for her authentic, real-world approach to therapy and has become a pillar of support for many.

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    Mood Disorders

    Anxiety

    Stress

    Mindfulness

    Transformation

    Parenting Challenges

    A plant and mirror in a white room

    Alex’s quick tip for dealing with stress

    “When we are stressed, our self-care activities are usually the first to drop from our schedule. You need to ask yourself in these moments what you have stopped doing that usually restores you. This could be exercise, seeing friends, meditation or eating well. Prioritise these and remember that you can’t pour from an empty cup.”

    Outside the therapy room

    Alex enjoys practising yoga, taking a moment of mindfulness with her morning cuppa, catching up with friends in Newtown and cooking delicious food.

    Alex Roach cooks a delicious meal
    Eggshell Skull Bri Lee Book

    What I’m Reading…

    EGGSHELL SKULL – BRI LEE

    I’m currently reading Eggshell Skull by author Bri Lee. Lee’s memoir interrogates the Australian legal system as it relates to crimes against women. While it’s a devastating read, I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to get inspired by a story of standing up and fighting back.

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    $115 w/Medicare Rebate
    $200 without Medicare Rebate
    Tues

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  • RASHIDA DUNGARWALLA

    Surry Hills Psychologist, Rashida Dungarwalla

    Rashida Dungarwalla

    CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

    “If the ocean can calm itself so can you. we are both salt water mixed with air”

    – NAYIRRA WAHEED

    Born in England, Rashida lived in Kenya before settling in Australia. Her youth was spent living all over the world, exposing her to various cultures and ways of living, and developing her understanding of how different cultures create connections and experience emotions.

    Rashida was drawn to the field of psychology at a young age, curious about people’s journeys as she tried to make sense of her very own psyche.  Having gone through her own mental health journey, she believes that therapy affords you a safe space where you can reflect, develop and learn.

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    Psychologist Surry Hills, Rashida Dungarwalla

    With a passion for working holistically and collaboratively with her clients, she helps support them in reaching their goals, navigating through difficult emotions and making sense of their struggles. She has been praised for her warm, kind and empathetic nature, approaching therapy in a fun and creative way.

    Using evidence-based modalities like Mindfulness, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy,  Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychotherapy and Positive Psychology, Rashida finds it paramount to remember that we are all individual beings; what may work for you on your journey, may not work for the next person, and that’s completely okay.

    Book your session with Rashida

    Anxiety & Stress

    Grief & Loss

    Mindfulness

    Transformation & Change

    Creativity

    Sex & Relationships

    A plant and mirror in a white room

    Rashida’s quick tip for becoming your most powerful self

    Visualisation: In order to visualise you may begin by establishing a highly specific goal. During your visualisation you imagine a future in which you have achieved this goal.

    Try and hold a mental image as if it was occurring right at that moment, and attempt to imagine it with as much detail as possible incorporating the five senses; including things such as, which emotions are you feeling right now? Who are you with? What are you wearing? What can you smell? What can you hear? What environment are you in?

    Practice this in the morning or night, just before or after sleep. If any doubts occur, continue the practice and incorporate an affirmation.

    Outside the therapy room

    You’ll find Rashida front and centre at her friends’ punk gigs, bushwalking through the Royal National Park, or reading a book cover to cover at Blackwoods Beach in Sydney’s south.

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    An animated album cover of band Skeggs, Everyone is Good at Something

    What I’m Listening To…

    A lot of Aussie surf punk and rock, Skegss, Ruby Fields.. I also love Emma Louise’s new album. And anything by Scala and Kolacny Brothers.

    Book your session with Rashida

    $115.20 with Medicare Rebate
    $200 without Medicare Rebate

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  • DANIELLE HANRAHAN

    Counselling Sydney, Danielle Hanrahan

    Danielle Hanrahan

    COUNSELLOR & COACH

    “The mind is a garden, what we decide to grow there will determine our prosperity.”

    – Yung Pueblo

    Danielle believes every individual has an unfolding story to tell – one that sometimes can be difficult to understand. She explores these stories in relation to her client’s belief systems, culture and sense of self.

    Her goal is to help individuals understand themselves better in order to be the best versions of themselves and form strong, genuine and supportive relationships with others in their lives.

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    Counsellor Sydney CBD, Danielle Hanrahan

    Dani has developed a reputation for her confident and direct approach, while also nurturing and guiding clients on their journey.

    By combining techniques from the areas of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Positive Psychology, Life Coaching and Mindfulness-based practices, she takes a person-centred approach and supports individuals manage challenging issues and find purpose and meaning. Danielle also incorporates her interests in the areas of neuroscience, psychology, spirituality and feminine archetypes, in her work.

    Book your session with Danielle

    Life Purpose

    Coaching

    Career Mapping

    Mindfulness

    Anxiety

    Personal Development

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    Danielle on working with your fears…

    “Human beings are fearful creatures, which makes sense from a biology perspective. If we weren’t afraid of anything, we might put ourselves in risky situations and that’s not conducive to keeping the species going. But, today’s environment has conditioned us to fear things like an email from our boss or to fear judgement from other people, so we start to train our mind to operate on fear as opposed to trust. When we operate on fear, we stop being true to ourselves and start to be the person we believe others want us to be. We people-please, we say ‘yes’ when we really mean ‘no’, we numb ourselves to feelings because they become inconvenient, and so on, until we have disconnected so far from ourselves that we can’t recognise who we are.

    There comes a moment, or event moments in our lives, when we need to make a choice: do I continue to interact with the world I live in based on fear, or do I experiment with a different dynamic? Trust is a new dynamic. Fear and Trust are two sides of the same coin. Acknowledge your fears on one side, and then ask yourself, “What would I do differently in my life/this situation if I trusted myself, trusted others and trusted in the timing of my life?

    We may or may not do the things we’d list under trust but at least we’ve asked ourselves the question. It’s in not asking the question that we become stuck.”

    Outside the therapy room

    I like to get out of Sydney and go exploring, especially to beautiful spots that deliver great coffee. My partner and I LOVE visiting Act Casual in Brooklyn, NSW, or Cassiopeia Speciality Coffee in Katoomba.

    Surry Hills Cafe and Restaurant
    Malcolm Gladwell Revisionist History The Indigo Project

    What I’m Listening To

    Revisionist History – MALCOM GLADWELL

    Apart from a bit of Modest Mouse and Colombian band Bomba Estereo for my gym work-out playlist, I listen to a lot of podcasts. At the moment, I am completely obsessed with Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History. Superb storytelling.

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    $200 p/session
    (No Medicare Rebate available)
    Mon, Tue

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