Shirley’s main approach to therapy is cognitive/behavioral. However, she employs an eclectic mix of other therapies in order to achieve the goals clients have for improving their lives. “I believe my clients have the resources and skills for living the life they want. But sometimes the ‘how to’ around using one’s resources and skills gets confusing. As a result, it’s important to me to partner with my clients and empower them to add to their life-skills toolbox by broadening problem solving skills and experiencing success in resolving what’s not working in their life.”
Areas of specialized training and expertise include: relationship and couple issues; divorce mediation; women’s issues; and the challenges involved in depression, anxiety, life transitions, and loss.
In her free time, Shirley enjoys singing, baking for friends/family, walking, kayaking (when she camps) and learning to fly fish!