Hello and welcome! My name is Shari Stark, and I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor, with a Supervisor Endorsement, and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in the state of Texas. I am also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida and a National Certified counselor. I have over 20 years of experience in working in mental health. My experience includes private practice, Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy, nonprofit, and substance abuse. I also spent 18 years in public education as a teacher, school counselor, and therapeutic counselor. I worked in the field of domestic violence for 5 years. During my time in private practice, I mostly worked with couples, blended families, and individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, grief, anger, boundaries, and family of origin. I also worked with First Responders.
As your therapist, it is an honor to work with you on your journey towards personal growth, empowerment, and to assist you in discovering mindsets and stumbling blocks that are preventing you from reaching your full potential. My counseling style is warm, compassionate, respectful, and encouraging while maintaining the strictest confidentiality while building mutual trust.
My primary approach is cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused, and client-centered; however, I utilize other counseling modalities in an effort to meet clients where they are. I also provide Christian counseling for those clients seeking a Biblical perspective. To best serve you, please know that I do not provide legal/court documentation, diagnosis, assessment, or treatment reports as I feel this is best achieved by seeing a counselor for in person sessions. Also, I know that some prefer texting as a form of counseling; however, I prefer to do sessions via video or phone call.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time in nature, gardening, hiking, listening to music, reading, and volunteering. I have been a volunteer for over 20 years, which consisted of facilitating a grief support group, time spent in Stennis, MS after Hurricane Katrina, being a mentor for teens, but mostly volunteering with animal rescue groups and animal shelters.
I wish you the very best in finding a counselor, who best suits your needs and who will provide you with the tools to help you gain a better perspective and live life to the fullest. You deserve this!
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
TX LPC 15964
I have greatly appreciated the support Shari has been providing me. It has been a huge benefit having an impartial, professional really listen and help me work through some personal challenges.
Written on Mar 14, 2022 after therapy with Shari for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and career difficulties
Shari is very attentive , caring and helpful. I cannot recommend her or Better Help enough!
Written on Mar 05, 2022 after therapy with Shari for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Written on Oct 29, 2021 after therapy with Shari for 3 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, career difficulties, and coping with life changes