I came to Sharon because I wanted someone to help me understand why I don't like myself or feel comfortable in my own skin. I had a lot of racing thoughts, negativity, and depression. I thought the sessions were going to be about my present issues--being overwhelmed by my kids, isolating myself, fighting with my husband, and feeling paralyzed when I need to make decisions, to name a few. While we did spend time on that, Sharon's unexpected gift was to help me focus on things from my childhood and actually play out some of those scenes in detail. I have been to half a dozen therapists in the past five years, and have talked about my childhood a lot, but I have never had someone actually walk me through traumatic experiences so that I could free myself from the baggage that has been holding me down all my life, without me even knowing it. I've tried just about everything to get out from under it: yoga, veganism, meditation, self-help books, overspending, retreats, medication, alcohol, work obsession, fitness boot camp, you name it. So I didn't expect to have some big life change; I thought if anything, I'd feel be able to get out of the bed a little easier in the morning. Yet somehow, she was able to do more for me in five sessions than all of those years of therapy combined. Her ability to be completely present and compassionate and help me stay in the moment was just--I have never been able to open up like that and actually process things from my past. I guess I figured if I pretended that stuff didn't happen for long enough, it would eventually go away. I can understand why Sharon describes herself as a transformational coach. My mindset is just completely different now. I feel lighter, happier, and more capable. Some unexpected things have happened: I was able to really enjoy my extended family over Christmas, my marriage is on solid ground, I'm not binging on online shopping, and I am able to eat again after years without an appetite. Sharon gave me tools that I'm able to use easily now, like learning to ride a bike. When I feel myself getting overwhelmed, resentful, or stuck in my head, I'm able to notice how my thinking is poisoning the well and recalibrate. The step-by-step advice she gave me for knowing how to say no, treating myself with the same respect I treat others, examining negative self-talk, and that sort of thing was practical and made common sense. I don't feel like you find that in therapy all too often; it's too much about talking and expressing yourself without the other person actually telling you how to face those challenges. I am really grateful to Sharon, and I'm excited to have more sessions with her. Therapy is almost never a bad idea no matter who you go to in my experience, but you aren't going to find many people like her.