Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist — LMFT #130029
- Group Therapy
- Individual Therapy
- LGBTQ+ Friendly Therapy
- Sliding Scale Therapy
- Teenage Therapy
- Young Adult Therapy
- Communication Issues
- Grief & Death
- Life Transitions
- M.A., Counseling Psychology: University of San Francisco
- B.A., Psychology: Amherst College
Sessions are 50 minutes in length.
MEET SHARLEEN PHILLIPS
“I help my clients identify their existing strengths and develop their skills to cope with life’s challenges in order to grow into the people they want to be.”
Change is hard, and change is constant. Whether you’re wanting to make a change in your relationship patterns, habits, or lifestyle, or trying to adjust to an external change happening to you, you may feel overwhelmed by the change process or even resistant to making change. One of the many paradoxes in life is that once we’ve fully accepted ourselves as we are in the present, we are able to make changes. Often that’s easier said than done, and that’s where therapy can help.
I see my role as a therapist as holistically supporting clients to attain and sustain changes in their lives. As a therapist, I use compassion, consistency, and curiosity to help my clients increase their self-acceptance while working to make the changes they want in their lives. My approach is collaborative, strengths-based, and client-centered.
I help my clients identify their existing strengths and develop their skills to cope with life’s challenges in order to grow into the people they want to be. Using a blend of harm-reduction, CBT, DBT, narrative, and feminist therapies, I work with clients to unpack how trauma, internalized oppression, and family dynamics can interfere with their capacity to cope with and make change while increasing their skills and confidence in their abilities to make desired changes and successfully manage internal and external barriers.
I studied Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of San Francisco, and I did an honors thesis on mortality salience to attain my undergraduate psychology degree at Amherst College. I trained at San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s The Stonewall Project, using harm reduction to support queer folks changing their relationship with substances, and Edgewood Center for Children and Families’ Short Term Residential Treatment Program, supporting adolescents experiencing mental health crises and their families. In addition, I am passionate about creating healing communities around grief and have over four years experience providing free grief support to pet owners, children, teens, and families in the Bay Area.
If you’d like to learn more about how my approach could support you, feel free to reach out.