Turning Difficulties into Opportunities

Through your friendly, safe, encouraging and challenging guidance my recovery moved to a different level. I appreciate your belief in me when I was in deep crisis and pain. - Grant


About Us

At ARISE Counselling Solutions we bring many years of both professional and life experience to our work.  Before starting ARISE Counselling Solutions in 2010, Director and Senior Therapist Sharalyn Drayton had been working in this field since 1998. With a background in Management in the corporate sector, Sharalyn moved into the area of mental health, completing a  Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts. She also holds qualifications in Clinical Pastoral Counselling and Drug and Alcohol Work and has worked in a number of leading Sydney hospitals. Undertaking specialised training in America to support the work she does with partners of sex addicts, Sharalyn is Australia's first APSATS (Association Partners Sex Addiction Trauma Specialists) trained Certified Clinical Partner Specialist as well as an IITAP (International Institute Trauma Addiction Professionals) Certified Sex Addiction Therapist.  Sharalyn works with a variety of clients covering a range of issues from addiction to trauma and abuse, to helping clients address problems caused by those general life issues we all confront from time to time.  Sharalyn also helps clients work with problems such as relationship issues, grief, loss, depression and anxiety and all areas relating to addiction, and provides specialised support to the partners of addicts and sex addicts.


As a member of the ACA College of Supervisors Sharalyn also offers supervision to counsellors and therapists.



 we bring many years of both professional and life experience to our work




Sharalyn has written and presented on the topic of  sex addiction, or what she calls "The Silent Addiction", and the difficulties faced by partners and families trying to deal with this. Sharalyn was published on this topic by Australian Counselling Association in their quarterly journal ("The Silent Addiction - How Do Partners Deal With Something They Struggle to Even Talk About" Vol.15, No.3, Spring 2015). Sharalyn is also the author of "Resistance to Resilience: Addiction, Co-dependency and Doing Life Differently" published in Perspectives on Coping and Resilience, Authorspress, 2013, and presented a paper titled Betrayal Trauma: Working with Partners of Sex Addicts at the Australia and New Zealand Addictions Conference in Queensland in 2017. This has since been published in Counselling Australia vol18 no.3 spring 2018. These publications are available to read on this website.


Sharalyn also runs training programs for clinicians in Australia and New Zealand on working with sex addicts and their partners.




very supportive and highly confidential environment




Sharalyn understands the process of change and the challenges inherent in that process. Appreciating that it can be hard to talk about difficult or sensitive issues, at ARISE Counselling Solutions you are offered a very supportive and highly confidential environment.



At ARISE Counselling Solutions our commitment is to help turn life's challenges into life changing opportunities.



Sharalyn is a registered Counsellor and Supervisor and holds a Master of Arts (Pub.Theo. - Addiction & Spirituality) along with qualifications in Pastoral Counselling and Alcohol & Other Drugs Work. Sharalyn is an IITAP (International Association Trauma Addiction Professionals) Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and an APSATS (Association Partners Sex Addiction Trauma Specialists) Certified Clinical Partner Specialist. She is also trained to use the modalities of Interactive Drawing Therapy,  Radical Exposure Therapy, and Family Constellation work. Sharalyn is on the board of SASA (Sex Addiction Specialists Aotearoa) and is also a consultant therapist at a private treatment facility. 


Member Australian Counselling Association

Member ACA College of Supervisors (Supervisor number COS9934) 

Member Australian & NZ Mental Health Association

Member Blue Knot Foundation

Board Member SASA