Sharon SOUTHWELL

BA (Hons), PostGradDipPsych, MPsych (Clinical)

Sharon is a fully registered general psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Experience:

Prior to working as a psychologist Sharon worked in education and welfare settings, supporting university students and women and children affected by family violence.

She has worked as a psychologist for over a decade, providing assessment, counselling and psychological treatment in a range of settings, including government services, not for profit health services, community health services and private practice. Her clients have included individuals and families living with disability, individuals wanting to make changes to health behaviours, and adults across the age range, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Provides Services to: Adults across the age range

Areas of Focus:

Sharon has experience providing counselling and therapy to clients who present with relationship and interpersonal problems and who want relief from a range of emotional/psychological symptoms.

  • Stress
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • Sleep Difficulties
  • Grief and Loss

Sharon approaches work with clients from a holistic perspective: she tries to keep in mind the place that their biology and physical health, personal history, relationships and ways of making sense of things affect their mental health and can support their healing and growth.

Sharon has an interest in working with clients who want to make change to health behaviours. From experience she knows that clients who want to make change to addictions are most successful when supported by a collaborative team of professionals, as well as friends and family.

Sharon has a longstanding interest in the relationship of values, meaning, existential questions, spirituality and religious belief and practice to mental health and flourishing. She has written a book on this topic: ‘The Life of Love: An Invitation’ (www.lulu.com/spotlight/thelifeoflovebk). Clients who would like to discuss or incorporate these elements in therapy are encouraged to mention this when they meet Sharon.

Treatment Modalities:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) –  including behavioural interventions such as behavioural activation, exposure therapy and behavioural experiments; cognitive interventions; relaxation strategies; problem-solving skills training; anger management; stress management, and communication training.
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)  – including elements of other mindfulness based therapies such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Schema Therapy (ST)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

 

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