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THE BAREFOOT THERAPIST

About Me

I am a qualified and registered counsellor with a rich and diverse range of training and influences.

Qualifications

I hold a Bachelors Degree in Counselling (B.Couns) and additional study in:

~ Couples Therapy

~ Somatic Psychotherapy
~ ADHD & ASD specialisation
~ Polyvagal Theory & Trauma

~ Internal Family Systems
Attachment theory

~ Trauma & the body

~ Gabor Mate's CI for Trauma & Addiction

Narrative Therapy

~ Yoga Psychotherapy

~ Sound Healing

~ Qigong foundational training

~ Family Constellations

~ ongoing study. 

Additional influences that inform my unique approach are Mindfulness; Interpersonal Neurobiology; Hakomi; Psychosomatic Psychotherapy; Somatic Experiencing; poetry; existentialism; stoicism; the healing power of sound and so much more. 

My professional areas of interest are:

~ empaths

~ highly sensitive people (HSP)

~ healthy couple relationships 

~ neurodiversity in relationships (ADHD & ASD).

I identify as an Empath and a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). I have a passion for individuals wrestling with the intensity of these differences. I am immensely grateful to therapy for my unshakable sense of resilience and gratitude for life.

 

I have an insatiable curiosity for life and identify very much with the archetypal Seeker. I have a life-long passion for writing and share some of this here. I have a creative and collaborative style of working to ensure you experience personalised care during your time with me.

Sharlene always makes me feel so comfortable to share whatever is on my mind. I always feel lighter after the session. I am so grateful to have found her. She is truly an amazing being, kind, trusting, empathetic and supportive. I wish I had found her sooner.

Anonymous, Sydney

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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