Sharon Valentino

(LMFT, CAATC, RAS)

About Me

I am a Solutions Focused Therapist for you: Are you having challenges that rob you of the joy and success you deserve? Are you as happy as you want to be? Is your life working out the way you wanted and expected it to?

We all cope with stressors in different ways. I help people deal with stress more successfully with caring, plus the powerful tools that therapy provides, to achieve results and solutions.

Therapy must be warm and compassionate, but we can also look at life's issues with a little humor and understanding as well.

Therapy isn't only for people with problems, who are depressed or anxious. Your therapy is an important tool to improve your life, happiness, relationships, well being, self awareness and a wide range of other concerns - helping you change responses and habits or establish healthier ones.

Stress makes life difficult - it even kills sometimes. I help people deal with it more successfully and help find better outcomes with results oriented support for stress, anxiety, depression, relationships, addiction, coping, panic attacks, low self-esteem, co-occurring disorders, PTSD, grief/loss - and more.

Many I've helped used substances (food, drugs, alcohol) and become addicted.
Others withdraw or have relationship difficulties, anxiety or depression because their stress feels overwhelming without support.

Too many people have low self-esteem and lack of true support, which can make it difficult to motivate themselves or to sustain the change they want to achieve. Having a clinician available just for you can make the difference for many people who want to be happier.

I'm Solution Focused for you, though I'm skilled in several other therapeutic styles; it is important to adjust the approach to your unique personality and concerns..
I am an experienced, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) licensed to work in California.
Your life does not get better by chance. It gets better by change.

Be kind to yourself. Therapy helps.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Self esteem
  • Depression

I also have experience in Trauma and abuse, Grief, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Career difficulties

Years of Experience: 8

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMFT #MFC51746 (Expires: 2020-03-31)


Reviews

Written by K.A. on Nov 07, 2018 after counseling with Sharon for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues

Very helpful and looking forward to more help from Sharon!

Written by C.A. on Oct 20, 2018 after counseling with Sharon for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, and self esteem

Sharon is excellent. She understands what my issues are and addresses them in a very professional and caring manner. I love the email format because it feels like I am talking to a friend at any time of the day or night. She zeroed in on what we need to work on and has given me "homework" to help me deal with the situations.

Written by R.A. on Oct 06, 2018 after counseling with Sharon for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, and sleeping disorders

Sharon is a motivating therapist who gives good tools and listens to my concerns and needs. I feel such support and guidance and am so pleased with her work. She’s helped me tremendously. Thank you.

Written by A.N. on Oct 01, 2018 after counseling with Sharon for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and self esteem

Sharon is not only great at listening to me and empowering me, but she goes beyond that. She has accurately determined what the sources of my troubles and has set me off on a path to fix them. I am extremely pleased with our progress!

Written by C.H. on Sep 22, 2018 after counseling with Sharon for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Sharon is very results oriented. She is supportive but also expects you to meet her in the process. I have made amazing progress in my sessions with her. Highly recommend.

Written by N.O. on Sep 12, 2018 after counseling with Sharon for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Sharon is just wonderful. She's caring, attentive, and honest. She is really interested in helping her clients live happier and more productive lives.

Written by J.A. on Sep 12, 2018 after counseling with Sharon for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship, grief, and self esteem

Sharon has been very helpful. She gave me various tools to help me workout several difficult problems.

Written by J.A. on Aug 29, 2018 after counseling with Sharon for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, eating, and self esteem

I’ve just started with Sharon and BetterHelp. So far I think it’s great. I can do the work when it’s convenient for me. Writing is a good way for me to go deeper as I’ve had plenty of traditional therapy.

Written by S.T. on Aug 29, 2018 after counseling with Sharon for 9 months on issues concerning depression, relationship, and trauma and abuse

Sharon has such a warm straight-forwardness to her approach to therapy, and that helps me more than I can say. She truly pays attention and helps me through certain things that I didn't realize that I needed healing from.

Written by Z.A. on Aug 22, 2018 after counseling with Sharon for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping, and self esteem

Hadn't found a great counselor till Sharon.

Written by C.Y. on Aug 09, 2018 after counseling with Sharon for 1 year on issues concerning depression

Sharon Valentino is an excellent therapist who is very responsive to my issues. Also she prompts me when I’m lagging.

Written by R.O. on Jul 13, 2018 after counseling with Sharon for 2 years on issues concerning depression, trauma and abuse, and grief

I've said it before, but Sharon is a Godsend. She is always there when I need her, and corresponding is actually part of my therapy, so it is very convenient. She gets me, and I trust that she cares about me, genuinely. I don't feel bad telling her my worst, and I feel proud when I reach milestones. She is great. Unconventional. But qualified. That combination was unique enough to work with my unique diagnosis. These sessions have helped me get my life back.

Written by P.E. on May 29, 2018 after counseling with Sharon for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and grief

I appreciate Sharon's support and timeliness. She also has a wealth of resources to share. I am grateful to Sharon

Written by J.E. on May 09, 2018 after counseling with Sharon for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, sleeping, self esteem, and career

Sharon gives great advice. She is a very good therapist. I like her.

Written by C.Y. on Apr 24, 2018 after counseling with Sharon for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, grief, parenting, and self esteem

Sharon has sought out different methods to help me. If I don't respond she follows up. I like that she is not pushy and really seems to want to help me identify and get to the root of my problem.

Written by D.E. on Mar 10, 2018 after counseling with Sharon for 1 week on issues concerning relationship, grief, and self esteem

Ms. Valentino was honestly the best therapist I'd ever had. She is incredibly knowledgeable, eloquent with her words, but also very "real" and upfront. She is a guide, she isn't going to babysit you. She wants you to succeed and live your best life! I had to leave BetterHelp but maybe I will cross paths with her again.

Written by E.. on Feb 23, 2018 after counseling with Sharon for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Sharon has always been very supportive but also poses important questions for self discovery. I’ve had more than many realizations about myself after speaking with Sharon and I feel like, rather than thinking in circles, Sharon sets me on a path in which I make the decision.

Written by D.E. on Feb 01, 2018 after counseling with Sharon for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Sharon is very caring. Thank you for your help!

Written by A.N. on Jan 11, 2018 after counseling with Sharon for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and family

An amazing source of support.

Written by P.E. on Dec 22, 2017 after counseling with Sharon for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship

I have already recommend BetterHelp to others. It is very helpful to get affordable professional help and direction in the privacy of your home.

Written by K.R. on Dec 21, 2017 after counseling with Sharon for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family, and sleeping

Sharon is absolutely wonderful! I wouldn't want to share parts of my life with anyone else. She is great about responding in a timely manner, she isnt afraid to tell me things that might be hard for me to hear. She is super supportive and cares a lot. I am forever grateful to have her in my life.

Written by C.I. on Dec 05, 2017 after counseling with Sharon for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, family, sleeping, and self esteem

Sharon is a very kind and compassionate person. She is quick to respond with insights that I had not considered. I am very grateful for all the assistance she has given me so far. It is only been a few weeks, but I feel that she is a very good match for me.

Written by L.E. on Dec 01, 2017 after counseling with Sharon for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, grief, sleeping, and self esteem

We’ve just started this journey together, but it feels good. She’s an inviting person. Thank you, Sharon!!

Written by A.N. on Nov 06, 2017 after counseling with Sharon for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, sleeping, and parenting

Sharon is awesome. I have just started with Sharon and I feel supported and listen to completely. I like her exchanges and attention. She is quick to reply and offers many ideas to think about. Looking forward to growing more with Sharon.

Written by R.Y. on Oct 30, 2017 after counseling with Sharon for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression

She made it possible for me to get the help I needed medically. I can't thank her enough.

Written by R.E. on Oct 12, 2017 after counseling with Sharon for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

She was very patient and helpfull

Written by D.A. on Oct 10, 2017 after counseling with Sharon for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and sleeping

Sharon was most helpful to me when I was suffering from panic attacks day and night. Her methods and tips are practical and effective in helping me overcome my anxieties and stress. Do what she says and you will see immediate results. Thanks Sharon!

Written by B.I. on Sep 20, 2017 after counseling with Sharon for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

When I started working with Sharon, I was in a pretty bad place. I was going through a divorce, a move, a job change, and dealing with resultant financial struggles and parenting challenges. I was feeling very lethargic, wasn't working or looking to be working, had no relationship and wasn't looking for one. Was a bit angry at the world. Things are very much better now. Full-time employed; building something meaningful. Am dating, meeting some great potential mates and taking my time finding the right one. Am working out several times a week and getting stronger and fitter. Am not pissed off at the past. I'm happy with my kids and my parenting. Life is in a much better place, and I appreciate Sharon's help.

Written by T.A. on Sep 14, 2017 after counseling with Sharon for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, eating, self esteem, anger, and career

She's saved my marriage. That's the best review I could ever give...

Written by M.E. on Jul 11, 2017 after counseling with Sharon for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, intimacy-related, eating, self esteem, and career

Sharon is by far my favorite counselor. She gets me and really helps me feel better! Highly recommend!

Written by V.I. on Jun 25, 2017 after counseling with Sharon for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and family

I love Sharon. She has been so helpful and I'm sure my friends are glad I'm "venting" to someone different than them. All the blogs and articles she has given me have helped me make better decision about my life.

Written by C.O. on Jun 23, 2017 after counseling with Sharon for 3 weeks on issues concerning addictions, and relationship

Sharon is absolutely incredible. She works quickly to solve with you. But she is also gentle and you don't feel attacked. I would highly recommend working with Sharon to anyone that I know.

Written by A.L. on Jun 09, 2017 after counseling with Sharon for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, sleeping, and self esteem

Sharon is SO amazing. This is not a therapist for someone who wants to complain and do nothing about it!

For a second, I was a little intimidated, because from day one no matter the issue Sharon was ready with solutions, to dig into what it was I wanted to change and why, and to call out me out only my negative habits and push me to STOP doing them!

Committing to Sharon is committing to do the work, and face the stuff that you just can't talk around anymore. She's not going to let you talk about it for long, if it's something you want to do then she's going to ask you for actionable ways to get it done, and if it's something you want to stop she's going to say STOP! and ask you why if you continue.

To be honest, me reading my own review would be a little intimidated, so if you are that person I want to say don't be, because Sharon pushes you to try!! but on the days where I didn't have it in me to respond or I found myself worried I that I'm never going to get it together, she is a Mama Bear who has rescinded her claws. An advocate and never an accuser. Even when I'm stuck and horribly frustrated with myself Sharon has only ever left me feeling more than equipped and will never leave you believing those lies we tell ourselves sometimes. I'm so very grateful for her.

Written by M.I on Apr 25, 2017 after counseling with Sharon for 1 month on issues concerning relationship

Sharon has helped me immensely with her wise, independent observations.. I am so grateful.

Written by M.O. on Apr 22, 2017 after counseling with Sharon for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related

Gets to the point.

Written by M.E on Apr 10, 2017 after counseling with Sharon for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, intimacy-related, eating, self esteem, and career

When I first signed up for Better Help I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I went through a few counselors who were helpful but just not for me. Then I found Sharon, who I love! She is persistent, helpful and down to earth. I appreciate her blunt personality more than I thought I ever would. She tells me how it is and really helps me see things from a different and positive point of view.
I was at a point in my life where I didn't know what I could possibly do to feel better. Sharon has been helping me get there and she's doing an amazing job at it. I would highly recommend her to any of my friends or family.

Written by J.U on Mar 31, 2017 after counseling with Sharon for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and grief

Sharon is great at what she does and has helped me a lot in the short time we have been working together. She has put things into simple perspective that I very much needed.

Written by N.O on Mar 27, 2017 after counseling with Sharon for 3 weeks

Sharon has been awesome, and very insightful. Her responses are clear and concise and she keeps a pleasant flow to the process. I am most grateful for her good counsel.

Written by B.R on Feb 07, 2017 after counseling with Sharon for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, self esteem, and bipolar

Amazing counselor, highly recommend to anyone that needs someone to talk to and express any problems you have. Thank you Sharon!

Written by K.A on Jan 24, 2017 after counseling with Sharon for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Sharon has been absolutely instrumental to my getting my life back on track. She is thoughtful, caring, and isn't afraid to tell you the hard stuff when you might need it.

Written by R.O on Dec 02, 2016 after counseling with Sharon for 4 months on issues concerning depression, trauma and abuse, and grief

I felt like an odd case coming into this, and believed I probably couldn't be helped. I'd just lost my husband tragically, and the aftermath of what I had endured was even worse, exacerbating a whole host of skeletons and problems I'd buried deep within. One of the ways my depression manifested itself was hard to explain. I hated the sound of my own voice, especially when it came to the issue at hand. I would have rather let the depression do its worst with me than to speak on it. Then I started seeing ads for e-therapy, a ridiculous notion in my mind. It was so ridiculous, I thought, 'well, why the hell not?' So I signed up, went through a therapist or two quickly until settling upon Sharon. At first, she kinda rubbed me the wrong way. She came off brash and assuming. I found myself getting angry with her, but I also respected something about the way she matched my tone and didn't coddle me even in my fragile state. It appealed to the realist in me, and I decided to see what she was all about. Turns out it was mainly my fault. I gave as little information as possible and expected some magic conversation to either validate that this was utter rubbish, or fix me miraculously so I could get back to living again. Laughably, I was wrong on both accounts. I wasn't opening up, and I didn't trust this process, or Sharon for that matter. I was angry and repressed and in pain and shock, but Sharon was relentless in her pursuit of a response and the truth. It's like she learned my buttons and triggers as well as my language and cynicism, and she played into each one until I started opening up. It was like reverse psychology. I realized I probably wasn't as smart as I thought I was and I was able to take a step back and laugh at myself for a second. She got me to open up. And it's been like a snowball rolling down a hill picking up more snow ever since.

Sharon has been consistent in helping me to air out my numerous issues, some of which I didn't even know I was repressing. She would reach out to me daily, even when I chose to go on hiatus sometimes and check out from everyone. She has earned my trust and speaks to me in a way that commands not only my attention, but my respect. She doesn't talk "at" me, she talks with me, and the difference is appreciated. I truly feel that she cares about me, and I've built a relationship with her that has helped get me through some of my darkest days. She doesn't make me feel bad or self-conscious about my issues. She has a masterful way of not just providing perspective and education, but feeling like a trusted friend or confidante, but with more authority. I didn't trust this process at the beginning of it, but I knew something needed to change. I'm glad I ignored my inclinations to quit and stuck with it. As she learned more about me, I got to know more about her and how she wasn't just trained to throw book-learned things at me, but that she'd experienced real life just as I had, often, finding common ground with me and showing me that I wasn't the only one in the world suffering through tragedy. Sometimes, even though you wouldn't wish your pain on another person, it is comforting to know that someone else is going through or has gone through the same or similar pains that you are, and that they survived it. Sharon has been honest and open about her own issues and how she overcame or is trying to overcome them, and it makes me trust her even more. And something about writing this stuff out appeals to me much more than speaking. It's probably one of my oddities, but this whole process has just been ideal for me. It's been a few months, and the first 2 or 3, I was not committed to this process, but now, I think we are finally starting to get somewhere. And I'm grateful for Sharon (my very-concerned family is, too).

Written by E.S on Nov 28, 2016 after counseling with Sharon for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Sharon Valentino is more than just a good counselor. She is an excellent representation of what a fully committed counselor is. When I came to BetterHelp seeking guidance I was paired with Sharon! She has been my first and last counselor through BetterHelp simply because her counseling has been a great fit for my needs. If it wasn't for her encouragement I strongly believe my situation wouldn't have improved. I owe much thanks to Ms. Valentino!

Written by L.I on Nov 27, 2016 after counseling with Sharon for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, eating, and self esteem

I have been working with Sharon for several weeks and her pragmatic, no-nonsense, results-oriented guidance is perfectly suited to my needs and has been exceptionally helpful. She is a good writer, thoughtful in her answers and extremely responsive. Great experience so far.

Written by D.A on Nov 10, 2016 after counseling with Sharon for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, sleeping, and self esteem

Sharon is very understanding and has been extremely helpful to me. She is the best, I could not have imagined being paired with any other therapists on this app other than Sharon.

Written by B.A on Nov 08, 2016 after counseling with Sharon for 2 months on issues concerning grief, and parenting

Sharon has truly been an angel that has helped me to have a perspective on the extreme grief I've been having since my mother's passing 2 months ago. I'm not sure I would be ok had it not been for her insight.
I cannot recommend her enough!

Written by K.E on Oct 21, 2016 after counseling with Sharon for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, and sleeping

Sharon is very insightful and provides great coping skills. Thank you!

Written by T.E on Sep 17, 2016 after counseling with Sharon for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

Sharon has been great with working with me. She takes her time and allows me to analyze my situation and put into action the techniques she has showed me.

Written by C.J on Sep 14, 2016 after counseling with Sharon for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and self esteem

Sharon has been awesome. She raises questions and ideas in my head that I don't even think of and gets me thinking in the right direction. It's like she's able to realign my thoughts with reality and finds a creative way for me to be positive.
I was originally assigned a different counselor and almost quit using BetterHelp. I figured I'd give it another try, and I was reassigned to Sharon. I'm glad I did. She's been a great help.

Written by B.A on Jul 31, 2016 after counseling with Sharon for 1 month on issues concerning self esteem

Very polite, doesn't waste time, and seems to understand the complicated psychology of highly intelligent people.

Written by K.I on Nov 02, 2015 after counseling with Sharon for 2 days on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, self esteem, and depression

Very helpful and informative counselor. Listened to everything I said and gave great advice. Strongly recommend her! Thank you.