I am a fierce advocate for the life-changing healing and personal growth possible within a therapeutic relationship. 

I personally sought psychotherapy soon after a major grief in my 20's and was overwhelmed with grief and anxiety. Having suffered extreme anxiety as a child, I wanted to grow through the experience of loss to ensure I did not lose my deep optimism for life.

I flowed in and out of this incredibly healing relationship for over 20 years.

I identify as an Empath and a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). Having learned how to hold healthy boundaries I have the learned to have the capacity to be present for the sensitivity in all our natures.

I was a gymnast, dancer and model in my youth and discovered yoga, pilates and meditation in my 20's. I have an insatiable curiosity for life and identify very much with the archetypal Seeker. I have a creative and collaborative style of working to provide you with tailored care and a self-led experience of therapy.

I am a passionate writer and I share my thoughts on my Barefoot Seeker blog and regularly contribute to a column in the Hornsby Kur-ring-gai Post.  

Influences and areas of interest that inform my approach are poetry; existential theory; stoicism; empaths and highly sensitive people; neurodiversity (ADHD & Autism) in relationships and natural medicine. I am a voracious reader and am constantly engaged in further education. I read from a broad range of literature both scientific and soulful.

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


Contact Info

bookings by appointment

0482 502 394 


Wednesday - Saturday

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Suite 5b

15-17 Stanley Street

St Ives, NSW, 2075.

Sydney, Australia.