Individual and Relationship Counsellor

My name is Sharlene Townes and I am a registered and qualified Holistic Counsellor and Couples Therapist. 

I work with individuals and couples from a holistic approach to psychotherapy that integrates your whole being – mind, body and spirit. 

In my work with couples, we work together to make sense of your individual histories and the patterns that are keeping your relationship stuck or disconnected. This fosters hope and empowers you to create meaningful, lasting change – together. Rebuild the relationship you desire – one that supports and nourishes you both. 

In my work with individuals, I aim to build greater ‘whole body awareness’. I believe our bodies hold memories of our unresolved suffering and when you come to understand how you experience, hold and manage emotions, you return to your instinctive nature. You feel confident, resilient and enjoy a deeper relationship to your ‘true self’. 

Outside of my work, I am a passionate traveller, art lover, interior designer, nature lover, reader, dancer, yogi and slightly obsessive tea drinker. I cherish time with family and close friends and whole-heartedly embrace the unpredictable adventure that is ‘life’.

What inspired me to become a Counsellor?

My desire to become a therapist began very young. I experienced extreme anxiety as a child and continued to battle with the effects of anxiety into adulthood. Through a significant personal loss in my youth I sought psychotherapy and counselling support to cope with overwhelming grief. Through this very special relationship I experienced enormous personal growth, self-knowledge and a deeper sense of personal confidence and resilience. This solidified my dream to pursue counselling and psychotherapy as a profession. 

I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Counselling from the Australian College of Applied Psychology in Sydney. I have additional training in narrative therapy; yoga psychology and psychotherapy; somatic psychotherapy; compassionate inquiry; Emotional Freedom Technique; family constellations; youth mentoring and more. I am tirelessly curious and committed to ongoing learning and professional development. This includes regular clinical supervision.

My Approach

Therapy meets you where you are right now. I have a creative and collaborative style of working and I tailor my approach to meet your individual needs. I weave together an eclectic range of philosophies and evidence-based practices and recommend additional resources to inspire your ongoing learning outside our time together. It is such an honour to facilitate personal growth and positive change for people. I am consistently inspired by the honesty and courage my clients bring to our time together.

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Qualifications

Bachelor of Counselling (B.Couns)

Australian College of Applied Psychology, Sydney.

Currently completing a Post-grad Diploma in Somatic Psychotherapy.

Further Counselling Trainings

  • Narrative Therapy
  • Compassionate Inquiry
  • Yoga Psychology & Psychotherapy
  • Intention Tapping
  • Attachment Styles 
  • Family Constellations
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Certified Telehealth Practitioner

Professional Memberships

PACFA -­ Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia
Australia – Member. Reg. 26636

               

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