A little about me
I experienced extreme anxiety as a child and battled with it throughout my teenage years. I was always sensitive to other's feelings and felt compelled to help those around me. I recognise this as someone who may now be described as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) and an Empath.
I sought psychotherapy soon after a significant loss in my 20's as I was completely overwhelmed with grief and anxiety. I had a sense, somehow, this excruciating experience would bear gifts for me - in the form of perspective, gratitude and resilience - and support helped me do just that.
I trusted myself to 'know' when I found the right therapist. I met four or five practitioners before I encountered one I immediately felt a connection with. Through this incredibly special relationship - which I dipped in and out of for decades - I experienced deep personal growth, self-awareness and understanding; my confidence and resilience blossomed; and this served to confirm for me, a deep and long-held desire to become a therapist myself.
I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Counselling from the Australian College of Applied Psychology. I have additional training in narrative therapy; yoga psychology and psychotherapy; meditation; somatic psychotherapy; emotional freedom technique; family constellations; youth mentoring and more. I am constantly engaged in study and reading an eclectic array of literature which keeps me connected to my creativity as a practitioner. I feel immensely privileged to love what I do this much!
I was a gymnast, dancer and model in my youth and discovered yoga, pilates and meditation in my 20's. I view the human experience through a deep connectedness of mind, body and spirit - and I bring this passionately to my work. Being barefoot enables me to remain grounded and connected to my own body in a full and mindful way and I find it so freeing. I invite everyone who works with me to kick off their shoes (if they feel so inclined) and find their feet too . . . and many do.
To find a lightness of being, we must first feel grounded: grounded in our body, our mind and our intentions for ourselves and our lives.
The hummingbird reminds us to pause and reflect
to find meaning in the past
and seek joy in the present.
Then with wisdom and grace,
persistence and balance,
look toward the sweetness of life,
and a new lightness of being"
- Sharlene, 2019
I met Sharlene when I most needed clarity. It was evident she not only remembered every word, but she understood me. She explained what was useful and this was vital to me. It enabled me to build tools to move forward with a healthier mindset. I learnt much about myself and the importance of living in the present.