Sharon Stern Clinical Psychologist
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths."
Elizabeth Kubler Ross
A Bit About Therapy
There are times when all of us feel the need to stop and reflect, and seek support to make a change. Therapy is a fantastic way for anybody to move forward through an area where they feel stuck, with the help of an expert who listens and understands.
In this busy world, we can find ourselves repeating patterns, or behaving in ways that are ultimately unhelpful. Coming to therapy provides an opportunity to take a closer look at our lives and relationships with the assistance of someone who has a fresh perspective.
There are three things that make therapy effective; one is your willingness and readiness to be active in the process, second is the therapy itself and the third and most important is the goodness of fit with your therapist.
It is essential that you feel safe, trusting and supported in therapy.
Integrative, Warm, Evidence Based
Sharon Stern is a clinical psychologist who has helped people make important and lasting changes in their lives for over 20 years. She has general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia with endorsement in the area of Clinical Psychology. She is also an AHPRA endorsed clinical supervisor, an accredited EMDR Practitioner and a full member of the EMDR Association of Australia. Sharon began her career working with people with developmental disabilities and their families, and has also worked in community health as a child, youth and family counsellor. She began working in private practice after having children of her own. For four years Sharon was the senior clinical psychologist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Eating Disorders Day Program. She observed that underlying most people's eating disorder symptoms were traumatic experiences, and she became interested in helping people to overcome them. Sharon began working in the area of complex trauma, and assists people experiencing all sorts of issues. Sharon is passionate about finding ways to understand and connect with each person she meets in private practice. Rather than making the person fit the therapy, Sharon tailors an approach using techniques from a variety of evidence based approaches. Therapy is a collaboration;
Sharon brings expertise, skills and knowledge from various areas of psychology, you bring expertise about yourself.
In this way, we create change together
Harvey is a hypoallergenic, low shedding, friendly and calm dog who sometimes accompanies me to work. He is lovely and often adds something special to our sessions, but not everyone likes dogs! Please do let me know if you'd rather he didn't attend.
A Way to Understand and Change Your Unique Life Story
Evidence Based Therapy
Sharon will spend the first session or two getting to know you, and consulting with you to determine which evidence based therapy techniques are likely to be most useful. This is your opportunity also to ask questions and clarify the kind of treatment approach you would like. Modalities Sharon uses include:
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Counselling may be a long or short term process. Everyone's pathway is unique, and we work together to decide the best way forward.
A Whole Person Approach
Eating Disorders, Addiction and Trauma Support
Suffering from symptoms of an eating disorder or an addiction can interfere greatly with building a life worth living. Sharon will help to build a professional team to assist you with symptom management. She will also guide you in understanding your symptoms as part of your life story, and help you ultimately release the need for them. Sharon has a specialisation in working with people with eating disorders, and can support you to manage the sometimes devastating physical manifestation of these disorders.
Professional Wisdom and Support
Sharon is an AHPRA endorsed supervisor. She has over 20 years experience working across different clinical populations.
Sharon believes in the importance of a safe and supportive supervisory relationship. She brings humanity and authenticity to her supervisory work. Her therapeutic modalities are creative and integrative, drawing from EMDR, Internal Family Systems, the Theory of Structural Dissociation, Schema Therapy, Psychodynamic Theory and Somatic Experiencing as well as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
What do I need to do before the session
It's important to see your GP before your first session. Some psychological difficulties have a medical component, and your GP should check for any concerns. Your GP can give you a Mental Health Care Plan, which means you can get a medicare rebate of $137.05 for your first ten sessions.
What is the cost of sessions?
Sharon's session fee is $245, and the session generally lasts for 50-60 minutes. With a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP, you will receive a Medicare rebate of $137.05.
What if I need to cancel?
Sharon has a 48 hour cancelation policy. If you need to cancel or reschedule your session, please let her know with as much notice as possible, by phone, text or email. Late cancelation may incur full fee payment.