Shereen is a registered provisional psychologist who works with couples, families and individuals. She has extensive experience spanning more than 26 years both in Australia and internationally, in counselling, therapy and training. She has worked in a variety of settings, including within mental health hospitals and rehab settings, in universities and in the workplace for small businesses and large corporations. Shereen’s unique personal style is underpinned by her own considerable life experience living and working in numerous cultures and socio-economic settings – from rehabilitating criminals to counselling high-powered doctors and judges. For some clients, this gives her a valuable edge. She also develops and implements a range of training programs and workshops designed for the specific and unique requirements of a particular group. For example, couples workshops, effective communication within a blended family, loving yourself and others, empowering abused men and women and assertiveness training.
She has many qualifications including a Bachelor of Social Science and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from the University of New England and a Bachelor of psychological Science with Honours from Southern Cross University.
Shereen specialises in couples counselling and families struggling with different types of issues and life challenges – including estranged siblings and parents, couples considering separation, coping with drug addictions and criminal behaviour of a family member/s, domestic violence as well as individuals seeking coping skills, assertiveness, communication skills, stress and anxiety management, and facilitation through anger, grief, depression and low self-esteem issues. Shereen works collaboratively with her clients to achieve lasting positive change.
In her words: “Therapy is all about change. I guide my clients towards letting go and changing old ways that don’t serve them anymore, and help them to keep their focus on building the new – which will serve them now and in the future.” Effective counselling starts with total acceptance of the client’s current feelings and challenges, she adds. “I create a safe emotional space where they can be whatever they need to be, in that point in time, which allows them to inevitably move effectively forward with their life.
Known for her warm, engaging nature, Shereen is described by her clients as empathetic and unique – a therapist who is radically frank when needed, with an appropriate good sense of humour. Shereen uses recognised, evidence-based psychological techniques and treatments such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Family Therapy, Mindfulness, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Hypnotherapy and Neuro Linguistic Programing. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).