About Sharon

Sharon

I work from a humanistic (person-centred), existentialist and integrative approach. This means I approach clients with empathy, warmth and unconditional positive regard. I believe that creating meaning in our lives can help us to find fulfilment. I treat each person I meet with respect and I try to provide a safe, non-judgemental space where they can feel comfortable to open up about their thoughts and feelings. Building rapport is of the utmost importance to me and I make sure my clients feel heard and are validated. I value what each client brings to the session and I try to empower clients so that we can build a therapeutic alliance and collaboratively work towards a therapeutic goal.

I believe in the importance of having an integrative approach to theories so that I can utilise strategies that are appropriate for each unique client. These include evidence-based approaches such as cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, narrative therapy, psychodynamic therapy and play therapy.

I listen carefully to each client in order to formulate a unique treatment plan. I use a holistic approach and make sure I understand all aspects of the client since therapy is most effective when I take a person’s complete picture (thoughts, feelings, patterns of behaviour, childhood experiences and relationships) into account. Having said this, it must be noted that I will never force a client to disclose anything they are not comfortable talking about.

I am always interested in new ways of helping people. I am committed to expanding my knowledge base through workshops, coursework, reading and supervision, which enriches the work that I do.

I am passionate and take pride in my work and feel very privileged to work with clients. I enjoy helping each unique client to build resilience and resolve barriers that are inhibiting personal growth. I believe therapy can help clients gain insight as well as provide them with practical skills when dealing with difficult aspects of their lives. This will help them develop a more meaningful, balanced and fulfilling life.

Brief Professional History

Qualifications:

Masters in Social Science Degree (Psychology)
Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology
Bachelor of Arts Degree
Career Counsellor
Psychometrist
Diploma in Human Resources

Experience:

Current:
Private Practice at Green Square Medical Practice
Private Practice at Balmoral Medical Practice
Headspace Bondi Junction
Sydney Centre for Creative Change

Past:
Solution Psychology Centre, Double Bay
Uplift Psychological Services, Sydney
Open Air School, South Africa
Pain Clinic at St Augustine’s Hospital, South Africa
Meyrick Bennett Children’s Assessment and Therapy Centre, South Africa
CTI Education Group, South Africa
Nelson Mandela Medical School, South Africa

When working with adults, I specialise in the following areas:

•  Anxiety
•  Depression
•  Stress/Burnout
•  Assertiveness training
•  Resilience and Self-esteem building
•  Workplace bullying
•  Workcover
•  Relationship issues
•  Perimental health
•  Sleep issues
•  Trauma
•  Career Counselling
•  Pain Management
•  Menopause
•  Anger issues
•  Parenting problems

When working with children and adolescents, I specialise in the following areas:

•  Anxiety
•  Depression
•  Behavioural issues
•  Separation / Divorce
•  Bullying
•  School-related problems
•  Self-esteem / confidence
•  Stress
•  Grief
•  Anger issues
•  Self-harm
•  Eating issues

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