Dr Sharon Horne, BSc, B.Psych (Hons) Ph.D. MAPS
Dr. Sharon Horne is an experienced Psychologist with more than 18 years work experience. Sharon is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and is registered with APRAH. Sharon has a Medicare Provider Number, which enables eligible clients to access Medicare benefits and Private Health Fund rebates.
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. Sharon 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 practices in South Yarra and services all Melbourne's inner South Eastern suburbs as well as a busy rural practice in the beautiful, South Gippsland area. Recently, Sharon has commenced supporting regional and remote clients via video conference.
Sharon is also a qualified developmental researcher with a primary research interest in female sexuality, including sexual health issues and sexuality education. In 2005, Sharon was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy for her thesis, which focused on ascertaining the factors that 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. Sharon now draws from her expertise in this area when working with individuals and couples struggling with intimacy and sexual relationship issues.