Dr Sharon Gold
B.A., Dip.Ed., GradDipPsych, B.A. (Psych)(Hons)., PhD (Science-Psychology), MAPS
Senior Consultant Psychologist & Couples Therapist
Welcome to my bio page. Here you will find some information about me that will help you get to know me a little better.
Firstly, I love working with couples and individuals. A trauma-informed approach based on the latest neuroscience and evidence based psychological therapies informs all aspects of your psychological treatment because my special interest areas include PTSD, childhood and intergenerational trauma, emergency services personnel with PTSD, depression and anxiety disorders, and addiction. I also really enjoy working with personality disorders and transgender folks.
In couples and marriage counselling, I can help you with a wide variety of issues from money, communication, affairs and betrayal, parenting, growing apart, conflict, addiction, emotional and physical intimacy and fertility issues. I can also help you to separate and divorce well.
Having been the partner of a Police Officer for 27 years, I am also very familiar with the issues facing emergency services couples as I am one half of an emergency worker couple, and I understand the impact that chronic PTSD, depression, and substance abuse and other co-morbid disorders can have on the relationship and family system.
My style is direct but empathic and compassionate. I am a big believer in using the best possible evidence based psychological treatments, and I always strive to help you to go beyond symptom reduction to achieve permanent psychological change because I am bit of a perfectionist and I truly want the best for you!
I describe my approach to therapy as trans-diagnostic, integrative or eclectic which basically means that when I am treating you, I draw from multiple therapeutic modalities which enable me to treat your unique presentation of psychological symptoms. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Attachment-Informed EMDR, Gottman Method Couples Therapy , Emotion Focused Couples Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapies (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema-Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, and Clinical Hypnosis.
I am fully registered with the Psychology Board of Australia as a Psychologist with General Registration and I offer supervision to other psychologists and Clinical Psychology registrars in training. I hold full memberships with the Australian Psychological Society, International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, and EMDR Association of Australia and the Australian Centre for Emotion Focused Couples Therapy. I am committed to lifelong learning and I subscribe to relevant journals and databases so that I can remain current in the latest neuroscience and knowledge of the most effective psychological treatments and interventions.
On a personal note, I love spending time with my family, friends and Max, my beautiful therapy dog who is with me in the clinic everyday. I am a keen student of Kabbalah and Buddhism and I love running, walking, functional exercise, eating clean and practising Hatha and Bikram yoga. I also love the beach, reading up on clinical psychology, trauma and neuroscience, and in my spare time I enjoy watching and reading crime and historical documentaries and stories, listening to podcasts and travelling overseas to explore our wonderful planet.
Max, Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) Dog
Max is my adorable, warm, friendly standard Groodle (Golden Retriever cross Poodle). Max is hypoallergenic and non-shedding and was born on 6th May, 2018.
Max pops into reception to say hello and he loves helping my clients to feel better during their therapy sessions with me.
We are a certified therapy-dog and handler team with the canine and equine institute, Lead The Way, https://leadthewayinstitute.com.au/
and we have completed intensive training in Animal Assisted Therapy.