Child & Adolescent

  • 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

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    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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  • CHARLENE NEUHOFF

    Psychologist in Sydney, Charlene Neuhoff The Indigo Project

    Charlene Neuhoff

    SENIOR PSYCHOLOGIST

    “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 NEUHOFF

    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 

    Mindfulness

    Mood Disorders

    Anxiety

    Stress

    Trauma

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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.

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    Joe Rogan Experience, The Indigo Project

    What I’m Listening To:…

    THE JOE ROGAN EXPERIENCE PODCAST

    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.

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    $160.20 w/Medicare Rebate
    $245 without Medicare Rebate
    $300 Couples Therapy
    Mon, Tues, Fri

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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.

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    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

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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…

    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.

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    Anxiety

    Grief & Loss

    Stress

    Transformation & Change

    Depression

    Relationships

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    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.

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

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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.

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    Anxiety & Stress

    Grief & Loss

    Mindfulness

    Transformation & Change

    Creativity

    Sex & Relationships

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    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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