Meet the Practitioners: Sharna Giammichele

Sharna Giammichele
Sharna Giammichele

When did you start at NBP? What were you doing before that?

I started at NBP in May 2021. For some years now, I have worked with individual adult and adolescent clients across a range of government and private settings.

Why did you get into psychology/therapy in the first place?

Originally, it was never to be a psychologist. I had a teacher in high school who I looked up to, and she had done psychology before moving into teaching. Because I was still unsure what I wanted to do, I thought this would be a great place to start and have under my belt. But as the degree progressed, I realised I really enjoyed it, and actually am quite good at it. So I continued on with my Honours and my registration process. 

What would you have done if you didn’t become a psychologist/therapist?

I’m honestly unsure. I think I would have always found my way to psychology somehow. I often think about other options, and I like the idea of carpentry, or owning a cafe. But I’m not sure that would have been for me. 

What do you like best about your job?

I am very grateful for my abilities when I see people experience feeling heard, validated or truly seen for the first time. There’s nothing quite like seeing someone start to become confident enough to be themselves fully, with their vulnerabilities as well as all their strengths. 

Which are your favourite therapies to draw from and why?

I have a deep appreciation for Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) and Schema Therapy. I think these allow me to be genuine with people, and to have deeper conversations that allow for attunement and understanding. 

What activities do you enjoy outside work?

I enjoy time with my friends, keeping as active as I can, and reading (though these days it’s audiobooks – too many years spent reading has worn my eyes down!)