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Sharmen Rutherford, LPC

Stress, Anxiety Addictions Trauma and abuse Eating disorders Depression
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About me

Life isn't always easy. At times, things just don't seem right or the way that we would like for them to be. Life can be frustrating, overwhelming, complicated and down-right messy. It is during these difficult seasons that I would like to come alongside you and offer strength, hope and encouragement and to equip you with the tools you need to make a better future for yourself.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Alabama, an Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and am currently pursuing an Eating Disorders Specialist certification. I have 15 years of experience helping clients with addictions, co-occurring disorders, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, trauma, PTSD, self-harm, school pressures and grief.
I am a member of the Alabama Alcohol & Drug Abuse Association, International Consortium of Alcohol & Drug Counselors, International Association of Trauma Professionals, and the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals.
I look forward to getting to know you and building a therapeutic relationship that will help lead you to your best life!

Professional experience

15yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Addictions Trauma and abuse Eating disorders Depression

Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Grief, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Attachment Issues, Body Image, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Control Issues, Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Services offered

Live Chat

License information

AL LPC 4335


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Sharmen is so kind and helpful. Thankful for her!

Written on Feb 14, 2023 after therapy with Sharmen for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Sharmen is so understanding, and helpful.
So grateful to have her as my therapist

Written on Dec 06, 2022 after therapy with Sharmen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

She is Amazing!

Written on Feb 08, 2021 after therapy with Sharmen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, family conflicts, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd