Sharon is the Managing Director of Clear Perceptions and is a practicing Organisational Psychologist with a wealth of organisational and clinical experience. Sharon developed the original concept of building Emotional Strength in business.
As a psychologist in private practice, Sharon has been building Emotional Strength in business, with owners, partners and executives for over 20 years. Her work is based on her belief that ‘whatever is going on in the business is a reflection of the owner’. Facing yourself and all your defence mechanisms, such as the many layers of denial, is a deeply challenging process.
Leaders emerge from this process.
Sharon is also the Chair and founding Director of the Sharon Faye Foundation. The Foundation’s purpose is to conduct research into Emotional Strength and demonstrate how Emotional Strength is essential to improve the education of our children, the health of our people, the quality of our leaders, the effectiveness of our law and the value of our economy. This purpose will drive the Foundation’s research and publishing activity in five key areas: business, health, education, law and politics.
Sharon’s dedication to improving the experience of being human originates from her own experience of recovering from severe childhood abuse. Sharon developed Emotional Strength within herself and has dedicated her life to building Emotional Strength in others. Emotional Strength is the ability to respond in an open and vulnerable way in the face of intense emotional experience.
Sharon was awarded a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology in 1994, a Bachelor of Psychology from Edith Cowan University in 1995 and a Master of Psychology (Org) with Distinction from Curtin University in 1998. Her research focused on testing the structure of affective well-being. Sharon went into private practice in 2000. In 2008 Sharon presented the concept of Emotional Strength at the International Congress of Psychology in Berlin. Sharon completed an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia in 2011 and her research focused on building a sustainable business model in the private sector.
Sharon lives in beautiful Perth Western Australia, raised four children and has seven grandchildren; she runs marathons and loves good coffee.
After 15 years in office administration, working her way up to bookkeeper and Executive Assistant positions, Ash finally found a place where she could combine her technical administration and accounts skills with her passion for helping people, mental health and making a difference. When Ash was offered the position of Sharon Faye’s executive assistant at Clear Perceptions and the Sharon Faye Foundation, she knew this was the opportunity she had been waiting for to fulfil her soul.
Ash’s passion for helping others and mental health began when she experienced and overcame depression and anxiety during her twenties.
Along Ash’s personal development journey, she discovered a love for fitness and the amazing impact it has on people mentally and physically. Ash was drawn to dance fitness and she now teaches two KONGA (part of The Jungle Body) classes per week. Ash also enjoys tennis and getting out on her stand-up paddle board whenever the sun is out and the wind is down.
Ash has two younger sisters who she is incredibly close with and loves spending time with them whenever she has the chance.