April is our Clinical Psychologist here at The Indigo Project. She works with a range of presentations, with her main area of speciality being grief and loss - whether physical, in the form of a relationship or identity.
She 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.
“One of the most satisfying parts of my role is seeing meaningful shifts in my client's world, and witnessing their growth and ownership over their own journey and potential.”
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, April is passionate about integrating different approaches to therapy to tailor to each individual's needs.
She works flexibly with her clients, drawing on a number of evidence-based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy. 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 to create meaning within their lives and supporting them in cultivating connections as well as creating and accepting change.
QualificationsBachelor of Science (Psychology, Honours)
Master of Clinical Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy
Member of APS
Member of ACPA
AREAS OF EXPERTISEGrief and loss
Gender and sexuality
APRIL’S SMALL STEPS WHEN DEALING WITH GRIEF AND 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 and 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 and you’re doing the best you can.
WHEN NOT IN THE THERAPY ROOM…
April can be found travelling and having weekend adventures in and around Sydney, trying out new activities, restaurants and cafes. She also enjoys playing tennis and being out in nature, particularly hiking and chasing waterfalls. She savours spending time in the company of those she loves, as well as spending time alone, reading, listening to podcasts and binge-watching Netflix series. She has big LOVE for coffee and the kitchen is her happy place.