My Approach to Helping
Therapy, in my view, is a collaboration to which we both bring skills and knowledge. Therapy to my way of thinking, doesn't have to be nothing but painful, anxiety-provoking hours, although good therapy does have those moments interlaced with moments of relief, release, and laughter.
Therapy is useful to anyone. We all have blind spots that are best explored, we all have hurts that could be better healed with support, and we all experience rough waters that can be best navigated with some help. I can help you make your life what you want it to be - to help you better understand and accept yourself.
My perspective is that you are more than just what you think and/or do. I also believe that there is a core of strength in all of us that persists even when we feel most helpless and lack faith. In my view, self-understanding is critically important because, once you understand how and why you do what you do, the ways to change what you decide to change become clearer. Self-understanding gives the knowledge to choose more freely and develop a vision of the lives and qualities in relationships you want - including your relationships with yourself. In intimate relationships, understanding each other as well is an enormously important contributor to happiness and stability.
I specialize in working with people who survived trauma including abuse of all kinds, rape, combat, other life-threatening experiences, and unforeseen loss. My approach to therapy is driven by a deep respect for the uniqueness of each of us and our experience allied with a deep belief in our capacity to grow and change. I am a depth psychologist who integrates methods from many models of psychology to tailor our work to you.
Please visit my website for information about my experience, philosophy, and methods. You will also find a few reviews there from people with whom I engaged in therapy.
More Info About My Practice
"5/5 stars Therapy Verified Review ()
I honestly don't know what I would do without Sharon. Struggling with PTSD has crippled many areas of my life, but with the help of Sharon's keen insight, empathy, and professional skills, I feel like I've started making progress for the first time in a long while. She is incredibly intelligent and trustworthy. If you are struggling with trauma, this is the saving grace you've been looking for! I could not put forth a higher recommendation."
Shea B. on October 23, 2016
"5/5 stars Marriage Counseling Verified Review ()
This has been a great experience and a safe place."
Dustie W. on September 29, 2016
"AWL-N in Köln, Germany | July 18, 2016 ()
Dr. Stewart helped me build the necessary tools to move forward in life while dealing with my complex trauma from childhood and combat. I can't reccomend her enough to anyone looking for firm, yet thorough guidance through rehabilitating from traumatic experiences."
"Chattanooga, TN | Jul 26, 2016 ()
Dr Stewart was the first Doc to be able to get thru to me when I returned from too many tours to Iraq. She without a doubt saved my life. I was not a candidate for meds and was in terrible shape. She was able to take my hand and fight the demons with me. She gave me the tools and helped me learn to use them. I was probably one of the worst patients a Shrink could have, but she toughed it out with me. Definitely my hero!"
?I am so fortunate I found Dr. Sharon Stewart. I suffer with PTSD and have had episodes of intense fear and emotional pain. Dr. Stewart helped me to recognize the elements that could and would trigger my PTSD symptoms. She also taught me tools to utilize when I became overwhelmed with fear and/or anxiety. She helped me to understand that the intense emotional pain was my body letting me know that I needed to release it, not hold on to it and become emotionally stuck. I did not believe I could ever feel safe enough to discuss the painful events that happened. Dr. Stewart showed me kindness, patience and understanding and I felt safe with her. She encouraged me to begin healing. I developed a strong trust and confidence in Dr. Stewart and I have nothing but the upmost respect for her. I will always be eternally grateful to her and for everything she helped me to face. ? N. sanchez: August 21, 2017
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) are some of the methods which might be used used to help work through traumatic events as desired and appropriate. You can experience improved self-esteem and relieve from depression. You can safely explore who you are and improve your relationships, including marriage. You can better understand, manage, and identify emotions, including anger and anxiety.