Approach to Counselling
Sharlene takes a trauma-informed approach to counselling while integrating body-based and attachment theories into her work. She uses an approach that can simply be called "parts work". It's a highly effective, step-by-step approach that helps people to get curious about their own emotional responses without getting caught up in them. Her graduate work focused on Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, which uses Eastern practices of mindfulness and the idea of finding a Middle Path between our often polarized thinking. What often comes out of this work is a felt shift in perspective, in which things seem less overwhelming, and there’s more of a sense of choice in how to respond to the world.
Education and Experience
Sharlene has Master’s in Counselling Psychology. With a background in Social Work, Sharlene has had over eight years of experience in supporting individuals facing poverty, oppression, homelessness, and sexual exploitation. She has worked in a culturally-informed practice with Indigenous children who witnessed violence, worked on mental health teams, and currently continues in the trauma and addiction field with Vancouver Coastal Health. Sharlene takes a creative, practical, and empowering approach to ensure that you come away from the session with a sense of clarity and hope for your next steps.