About Sheila

Decades of education, training and life experience have equipped me to effectively counsel individuals, couples, families and groups.

After graduating from George Peabody College, I was awarded a fellowship to study at Vanderbilt University, where I graduated with a Masters in Speech Pathology. My interest in the emotional side of speech therapy led me to return to school to receive a Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Seminary's School of Psychology.

I am a clinical member of tthe California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the Christian Association of Psychologists. I am also a member of the Marriage Friendly Therapists movement, a group of therapists who value marriage and lifelong commitment and are dedicated to helping marriages succeed if at all possible. A certified premarital counselor with Prepare/Enrich and FOCCUS I am also listed as a premarital counselor on the marriage preparation site The First Dance. I have studied with and received additional training from some of the country’s expert couples therapists, and I believe in fostering and fortifying relationships before and after marriage.

I have taken professional mediation courses offered by Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law, and I hold advanced training in Grief Counseling to better help adults, children and families experiencing grief and loss. I am also available to present interactive seminars, intensive couples work, and workshops such as Marriage Strong based on concepts gleaned from my training with top-notch therapists. I have directed programs and taught classes for all age groups through my work with numerous community groups, schools and churches. For more than a decade, I co-chaired the Advisory Board for Pepperdine’s Boone Center for the Family and volunteered my time there in various capacities. I currently serve as a Regent on the Pepperdine University Board of Regents.

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