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Shirley Smith is a psychotherapist, a highly recognised presenter and a best-selling author of three books, including Set Yourself Free and Behind Closed Doors. With degrees in philosophy; divinity; a background in psychology and behavioural science, Shirley draws on over 25 years experience in human functioning to help people identify and change behaviour patterns which block success and disrupt relationships. Her style is ‘down to earth’ and ‘tell-it-like-it-is’.



Originally from the USA, Shirley was brought to Australia 21 years ago to train psychologists, doctors, counsellors and health professionals in the treatment of co-dependency, addictive behaviour and family of origin issues. Not only is Shirley recognised as one of Australia’s leading specialists in this field, she is also a Certified Trainer and Facilitator in the educational applications of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Generative Learning. In addition, Shirley is a certified hypnotherapist, an accredited Myers Briggs practitioner and an Executive Coach.



Shirley’s work has been featured in nearly every mainstream Australian publication. As New Woman magazine’s choice of Executive Coach, Shirley wrote a monthly column for their readers and has appeared on a number of television shows, as well as being featured on talkback radio programs Australia-wide.



After moving to Australia in 1988, Shirley became an Australian citizen in 1994, making her home in Sydney. She loves theatre, film, dance, new adventures and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, good friends and playing with her little dog, “Sassy”.



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