Coaching

  • 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.

    Sydney Clinical Psychology The Indigo Project
    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
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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
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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.

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    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.

    Psychologist Sydney CBD
    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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  • 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.

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    $115.20 with Medicare Rebate
    $200 without Medicare Rebate

    I’m READY
  • 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.

    Surry Hills Warehouse Space, The Indigo Project
    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.

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    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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  • MARTHA TSAKALOS

    Psychologist Sydney, Martha Tsakalos

    Martha Tsakalos

    PROVISIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST

    “These mountains that you’re carrying, you were only supposed to climb”
    – NAJWA ZEBIAN

    Martha Tsakalos is a provisional psychologist and mindfulness practitioner who is passionate about empowering her clients with a holistic toolkit, so they can reach their full potential.

    Martha believes that in order to thrive in life, love and beyond, it is important to deepen our relationship with ourselves and our minds, and to shine a light on when we are ruled by reactivity and habit. From this space, we can free ourselves from the recurring themes and patterns which no longer serve us and begin to operate from a space of self-awareness, self-acceptance and aligned action.

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    Psychologists Sydney, Anxiety, Stress, Martha Tsakalos

    With a practical, empathetic and embodied approach, Martha draws on mindfulness, cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, embodiment and neuroscience.

    “I help my clients to increase awareness and acceptance in the here and now; to understand their responses to stress and relationships, to break the chain of destructive self-beliefs and to get clear on what objectively is going on for them. Through this we can manifest change and growth.”

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    Anxiety

    Stress

    Perfectionism

    Self-Compassion

    Mindfulness

    Positive Psychology

    A plant and mirror in a white room

    MARTHA’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

    You can find Martha soaking up the sunshine – “I swear, I’m solar powered”. She has a renewed love for the library so you’ll often find her at the spiffy new Green Square. Martha both practices and teaches yoga and mindful movement – “It keeps my soul happy – as does a good boogie!”

    Mindfulness Meditation The Indigo Project
    Tony Robbins The Indigo Project

    What I’m Reading…

    AWAKEN THE GIANT WITHIN – TONY ROBBINS

    Sometimes you need a bit of Brené Brown, other times you need a bit of Tony Robbins. I’m enjoying reading this classic self-improvement book of his from the 90’s. It packs a lot of information about why we do what we do, and how to transform your life. The cover is a classic too.

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    $80 (No Rebate Available)
    Thurs, Fri

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