About me

my journey here

My journey

I am a fierce advocate for the life-changing healing and personal growth possible within a therapeutic relationship. I sought psychotherapy soon after I lost my mother in my 20's as I was completely overwhelmed with grief and anxiety. Having suffered extreme anxiety as a child, I was struck by a deep yearning to grow through the experience of loss to ensure I did not lose my deep optimism for life. I dipped in and out of an incredibly healing relationship with my psychotherapist for over 20 years.

I identify as an Empath and Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). While self-compassion is essential learning for us all, it is all the more so for the intense feelers among us.  

I was a gymnast, dancer and model in my youth and I discovered yoga, pilates and meditation in my 20's. I have always loved to move and be *in* my body and as a sensitive person, have always been keenly attuned inward. 

I integrate a broad range of holistic interventions, models and frameworks. 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; family constellations; compassionate inquiry; relationships; youth mentoring and much more. I am constantly engaged in study and read an eclectic array of literature, scientific and soulful. I feel immensely privileged to love what I do this much!

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.

Mr S, Sydney

* all testimonials provided with express permission from clients of The Barefoot Therapist

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

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Contact Info

bookings by appointment

Wahroonga, NSW, 2076.

Sydney, Australia.


0482 502 394 

Opening hours

Phone & Online (Wed - Sat)

In-person (Wed & Sat only)


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