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  • MICHAEL MAGEE

    Michael Magee

    PSYCHOLOGIST

    “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.”

    – RUSS HARRIS

    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.

    Book your session with Michael

    Anxiety & Stress

    Sport & High Performance

    Depression

    Career Counselling & Transition

    Chronic Pain

    Alcohol & Substance Issues

    Psychologist Near Me

    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.

    Psychology Surry Hills

    What I’m Reading…

    THE EDIBLE BALCONY INDIRA NAIDOO

    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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  • GABRIELLE KING

    Gabrielle King Psychologist

    Gabrielle King

    PSYCHOLOGIST

    “Everything is possible. The impossible just takes longer.”

    – DAN BROWN

    Gabrielle King is a Registered Psychologist who specialises in treating depression, stress and anxiety, difficulties with adjustment to life changes, and relationship challenges. Gabrielle also provides performance psychology services for people looking to develop their mental edge and achieve their best.

    Gabrielle strives to provide an empathic, genuine, and human experience. She wants her clients to have a sense of ownership and feel empowered to enact the changes they wish to make.

    Gabrielle King The Indigo Project
    Gabrielle King The Indigo Project

    Gabrielle became interested in psychology during her time as an elite athlete representing Australia in sailing. After retiring from her sporting career, she began her training as a psychologist and now consults with the NSW Institute of Sport and Australian Institute of Sport on athlete mental health. She is also involved in research aimed at understanding vulnerability and resilience to anxiety disorders and has several publications to her name.

    Book your session with Gabrielle

    Anxiety & Stress

    Life path challenges

    Depression

    Relationship challenges

    OCD

    Performance & Sports

    Psychologist Near Me

    Gabrielle on Life Path Challenges

    Life is hard and change is even harder. Have a clear goal of what you are working towards and know why it matters to you. This allows you to take deliberate action to achieving it.

    Outside the therapy room

    You can find Gabrielle riding her bike with mates, either racing up hills or on adventures exploring new countryside. She also enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and hanging out with her golden retriever, Anna.

    Bike on blue background

    What I’m Listening To…

    I love the RadioLab podcasts – they bring joy to the science nerd in me. The hosts are such great story tellers and encourage curiosity and wonder about the world around us.

    Book your Session with Gabrielle

    $115.20 w/Medicare Rebate
    $200 without Medicare Rebate
    Mon and Tue

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  • DAFNA KRONENTAL

    Dafna Kronental The Indigo Project

    Dafna Kronental

    PSYCHOTHERAPIST & COUNSELLOR

    “In the midst of winter, I found there was within me an invincible summer.”

    – ALBERT CAMUS

    Dafna brings a holistic approach to her work as a psychotherapist and teacher of yoga and meditation. She is guided by the latest neurobiological research exploring the connection between the body and mind, and inspired by the application of ancient contemplative traditions in our contemporary world.

    Her goal is to facilitate a safe, open and trusting relationship with her clients by supporting their capacity for self-awareness, creative decision-making, integrity and resilience.

    Dafna Kronental Psychotherapist Counsellor

    Dafna has a broad range of experience facilitating psychotherapeutic and mindfulness practices both locally and on international retreats, within corporate and educational organisations, refugee agencies and in private practice.

    She is a passionate advocate of the belief that by healing ourselves we contribute to the greater healing of our world. A warm, empathic and committed practitioner, Dafna feels privileged to guide and bear witness to her clients’ process of overcoming challenges and cultivating a life path with intention and attention.

    Book your session with Dafna

    Trauma

    Anxiety & Stress

    Grief & Loss

    Relationship Challenges

    Life Transitions

    Personal Development

    Dafna’s Quick Grounding Tips

    We spend the majority of our time in our heads and disconnected from our physical, present-moment experience. ‘Grounding’ practices can help us access the supportive resources naturally available in our bodies that restore a sense of equilibrium and balance.

    Notice when the mind is overactive and rather than trying to “work it out”, simply feel into your physical body. Become aware of the contact between your feet and the ground, or your back and the chair, and let your weight sink into these supports.

    Take a break from the computer screen and check in with yourself – am I hungry? Thirsty? Tired? Or busting for the loo?! Make a regular habit of addressing your body’s needs.

    Spend time in nature – walking barefoot on the grass or swimming in the ocean whilst silently witnessing your environment and connecting to your senses.

    Outside the therapy room

    Having become somewhat “attached” to her newly adopted Ashtanga practice, you may find Dafna at her yoga studio exploring the body’s potential whilst trying to keep her ego in check! She also enjoys short bursts of travel, music and theatre gigs, spending time with loved ones and taking dips at the Coogee women’s baths.

     

    Psychologist in Sydney, Yoga, Meditation

    What I’m Reading…

    A PATH WITH HEART – JACK KORNFIELD

    Jack Kornfield’s ‘A Path with Heart’ has been sitting on my bedside table for the past few weeks. I enjoy perusing the different stories and meditations in between, admittedly, getting caught up reading interesting Facebook articles.

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    $165 
    (No Medicare Rebate available)
    Mon & Wed

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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.”

    – BRENE BROWN

    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.

    Book your session with april

    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.

    Book your Session with April

    $160.20 w/Medicare Rebate
    $285 without Medicare Rebate
    Tues, Wed and 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.

    Sydney Psychologist
    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

    A plant and mirror in a white room

    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.

    Music Art Culture The Indigo Project
    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.

    Book your Session with Sam

    Individual:
    $170.50 w/ Medicare Rebate
    $295 without Medicare Rebate

    Couples:
    $225.50 w/Medicare Rebate
    $350 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.

    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.

    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.

    Book your Session with Maja

    $160.20 w/Medicare Rebate
    $245 without Medicare Rebate

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