Every person has a unique set of values, qualities, strengths, and at times, difficulties and challenges. Each person’s current functioning is unconsciously seen through the lens of their unique history. We develop our identity through significant relationships and experiences throughout our lifetime. I believe the best way to assist people to create an optimal life is to take a holistic approach to their difficulties.
My passion is to assist people across the lifespan to take the required steps to start creating this optimal life. I am a warm and compassionate therapist and believe that rapport built between therapist and client is vital to the healing process, I make every effort to make you feel at ease to share your personal story.
Sharni Zaknic is a clinical psychologist with over 10 years experience working within mental health settings. Sharni has experience working with clients across the lifespan and has capacity to see clients under a Medicare Mental Health Care Plan, private health funds, NDIS, VVCS, Workcover and Motor Vehicle Accident Third Party Claims. Sharni has experience working with a number of different presentations, most notably, children with emotional, social and behavioural difficulties, adolescents and adults with anxiety disorders (social, OCD, GAD, panic & specific), depression, bipolar affective disorder, PTSD, complex developmental trauma, stress and adjustment issues, anger management, perfectionism, sleep problems, grief and loss, self-esteem issues and relationship difficulties.
Sharni has a special interest in treating clients who have experienced trauma in their life, whether that be from a single incident trauma or more complex, developmental trauma from attachment figures. Sharni uses a gentle approach when treating trauma, she is trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) along with other evidence-based therapies.
Sharni also has a special interest in treating relationship difficulties, she is trained in Gottman techniques and uses these techniques with both individuals and couples. Sharni is also trained in providing cognitive behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, mindfulness-based therapies and dialectical behavior therapy.
- Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), University of South Australia, 2011
- Master of Clinical Psychology, Adelaide University, 2014
- Member of the Australian Psychological Society
- Member of the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Clinical Psychologists
- Registration with Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority (AHPRA)