Dr Sharon Horne, BSc, B.Psych (Hons) Ph.D. MAPS
Dr. Sharon Horne is an experienced counsellor, educator and researcher and her experience in these fields of psychology spans more than 18 years. Sharon completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology in 1996. Her commitment to academic excellence saw her awarded the highest academic award, the University Medal. She worked as a private Counsellor until she returned to part-time study in order to complete her Bachelor of Psychology (Hons.) degree. Sharon completed this degree with First Class Honours in 2001. Completion of this degree entitled her to registration as a psychologist with the Psychologists Board of Victoria. Sharon is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY).
Sharon refers to herself as a Counselling Psychologist. Counselling psychology is unique in its attention to both psychologically healthy individuals dealing with normal life stressors, and individuals facing problems associated with emotional and mental disorders. Sharon's clients include late adolescents, adult individuals and couples (heterosexual and same-sex). Sharon focuses particularly in the area of relationship/marriage counselling because of her firm belief that it is our ability to relate - to have relationships, that gives our human existence value and meaning. She also helps individual clients challenge issues of depression, anxiety, grief and loss, personal development, and stress. Although Sharon has an eclectic approach to counselling, she has a particular bias towards emotional focused therapy and the Gottman Method for couples, and a combination of CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) for individuals. Sharon's practice in situated in South Yarra and services all Melbourne's inner south eastern suburbs. Sharon also has a rural practice in the beautiful, South Gippsland area.
Sharon is an advocate of the power of education to change people's lives. She has a particular interest in bringing the theories, research, practices and techniques of psychology to the larger community, not just to those who are enrolled in university studies. That is why, early in Sharon's career, she developed a 'grass roots' Introduction to Psychology course. This course was accepted by TAFE Gold Coast as part of their adult education program which she subsequently taught for several years. Sharon has six years experience in teaching business and psychology undergraduate students at Griffith University, including guest lecturing appointments in areas of adolescent sexual development and interpersonal skills. It was Sharon's desire to return to community education, which led to the conception of Learning Through Living. She believes that all individuals should have access to quality life education that is based on sound empirical research and delivered by qualified educators.
Sharon is also a qualified developmental researcher with a primary research interest in female sexuality, including sexual health issues and sexuality education. In December 2005, Sharon was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy for her thesis entitled: "Female Sexual Health: The Definition and Development of Sexual Subjectivity, and Linkages with Sexual Agency, Sexual Experience and Well-Being in Late Adolescents and Emerging Adults". Although the thesis title is somewhat verbose, she worked to answer the simple question: What factors constitute healthy female sexuality? Sharon's hypotheses and subsequent research findings have been judged by her international peers as significant, demonstrated by the publication of two papers in International Peer-Reviewed Journals. Her research has also been presented at international psychology conferences in New Zealand and the United States.