Welcome! I'm Sharlene.

Holistic Counsellor & Barefoot Therapist

Why Holistic Counselling? 

We are not simply mental, or cognitive beings. When life feels challenging, to fully heal and integrate the past and present, we must focus on our whole being - mind, body & spirit.

Holistic Counselling deeply respects and supports all of you on your path towards a new lightness of being.

To find a lightness, you must first be grounded:

grounded in body, in mind and in spirit.

 

I am a fierce advocate for the life-changing healing and personal growth possible within a therapeutic relationship. I sought psychotherapy soon after a significant loss in my 20's as I was completely overwhelmed with grief and anxiety. I was struck by a deep yearning to grow through the experience and not let it crush my deep optimism for life. I dipped in and out of this incredibly healing relationship with my psychotherapist for over 20 years.

Doing the work for yourself within the safety
and support of the therapeutic relationship has 

rewards far beyond your imagination. 

Why Barefoot? 

I was a gymnast, dancer and model in my youth and discovered yoga, pilates and meditation in my 20's. Being barefoot enables me to remain grounded and connected to my own body in a mindful way when I work with you. I invite all those who work with me to kick off their shoes if they feel so inclined to find their feet . . . and many do.

Yes, but who ARE you? Ooh, well - I am a tea fanatic; creative, interiors and art devotee; nature and animals soothe my soul; travel is essential to life; and family come in all shapes and sizes and I love them all fiercely. I am an Empath and Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). 

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; emotional freedom technique; family constellations; youth mentoring and more. I am constantly engaged in study and read an eclectic array of literature. I feel immensely privileged to love what I do this much!

I genuinely look forward to doing the work alongside you to support you on your healing, empowering journey!

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.

Steve, Sydney

Image by Mark Olsen
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