my journey here
I am a fierce advocate for the life-changing healing and personal growth possible within a therapeutic relationship. I sought psychotherapy soon after a major grief 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 manage the overwhelming feelings and 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). Self-compassion is essential learning for us all, and 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 experienced the world primarily through the feeling sense and am deeply attuned inward. I have an insatiable curiosity for life and identify very much with the archetypal Seeker. I weave this curiosity into my approach and create a collaborative working relationship with you.
I am a passionate writer, creating regular articles for my Barefoot Seeker blog and the Hornsby Kur-ring-gai Post.
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; couples and relationship therapy; yoga psychotherapy; meditation; somatic psychotherapy; family constellations; compassionate inquiry; youth mentoring and more *ongoing*. I am constantly engaged in study and read an eclectic array of literature, both scientific and soulful.
I feel immensely privileged to love what I do this much and I genuinely look forward to working with you.
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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St Ives, NSW, 2075.
0482 502 394
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