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Shannon Calder, LMFT

Relationships Grief Career difficulties Coping with life changes
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About me

I am a California licensed therapist and have worked in mental health for 15+ years both in person and online. My experience spans age ranges from children to those past retirement. I have worked with a wide range of issues including those whose familial abuse and trauma needs longer term support to weekly goal setters who need coaching and accountability to move through avoidance and resistance.

Because I am genuinely curious about people, my client's experience me as accepting and non judgmental with a sense of humor. My approach combines a humanistic style in a psychodynamic atmosphere with a knowledge of human behavior that informs my support of your unique situation.

Your life may not be the way you envisioned it and it seems unclear how you can re-vision your future and narrate your past.

Since I was very young I have been fascinated with story. It began with watching and reading stories, creating stories and now I listen to personal stories. Our stories are important to us and they form us in to the people we are.

Finding new meaning underneath your understanding of yourself is integral to changing your current internal reality. Self efficacy is an important part of self esteem. Whatever your current issue, you may feel as if you could be more effective in your life and work. You may want to learn how you are seen by others, and how to integrate how you see yourself with other's impressions of you.

With your collaboration and best interest in mind, I will challenge you to see things from a different view. I am hopeful this will shift your focus toward your goals. After working in the entertainment industry with creative people and process, I have an awareness of how personalities are structured and the way those personalities work within a whole person and within an organizational structure.

Whether we are discussing you as an individual, the culture at large, an organization, or a family, communication is an important part of getting what you need from others. It is a courageous step forward to enlist the help of a therapist and I truly respect how uncomfortable you must feel in your current situation to reach out for help. It is my goal to create a supportive, safe environment for you to explore, discover and move through the material that will guide and help you move on from your current state.

I look forward to working with you!

Professional experience

15yrs in practice
Relationships Grief Career difficulties Coping with life changes

Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Depression, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, Communication Problems, Family of Origin Issues, Guilt and Shame, Life Purpose, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy

Services offered

Live Chat

License information

CA LMFT 96162


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Shannon Calder. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Shannon has been a great match for me. We’ve been working together quite a while now. I feel as though she listens deeply, understands what I’m looking for out of this and is a master at reframing. I also love that she understands the business I’m in more than the average person. I will continue my work with her and encourage anyone else to give it a go.

Written on Oct 20, 2022 after therapy with Shannon for 2 years and 7 months on issues concerning career difficulties, and coaching

Shannon is an sensational professional! I am so grateful for her support and insight.

Written on May 18, 2021 after therapy with Shannon for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

I’ve had a wonderful experience with my counselor at Better Help. I would 100% recommend it!

Written on Sep 28, 2020 after therapy with Shannon for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

She's good. I look forward to hearing her insight about why I'm so messed up mentally. She never comes across as judgmental which is really important in order to open up about stuff

Written on Jul 22, 2020 after therapy with Shannon for 4 months on issues concerning depression, addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Shannon is great. She is professional but friendly and relatable. She provides insightful advice and helps me to think about things from other viewpoints and in a deeper way. I wholeheartedly recommend her.

Written on Jun 08, 2020 after therapy with Shannon for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

Shannon has been an absolute joy to work with. She is always friendly, super easy to talk to and maintains a level of professionalism that I need in a therapist. She has a lot of experience which brings many great ideas into our talks. She has helped me through some pretty difficult stuff. Thank you, Shannon!

Written on May 24, 2020 after therapy with Shannon for 2 months on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues