The good news for you… I am a licensed clinical social worker and I have been counseling individuals, couples, and families for many years. My education and training include a doctorate from Norfolk State University’s School of Social Work’s PhD Program, a Master of Social Work in Administration from San Diego State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Counseling/Psychology from Christian Heritage College in El Cajon, California. My experience with diverse participants has allowed me to acquire the therapeutic and coaching skills needed to work effectively with youth, adults and seniors from all walks of life to address a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, grief and loss, physical trauma or emotional abuse, as well as important life transitions.
My counseling style is warm and engaging. I treat anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and solution-focused counseling in a positive and optimistic atmosphere. I provide the support needed to share, become aware and address life challenges in a way that result in a treatment plan designed to meet your unique and specific needs.
I recognize the strength it takes to strive towards securing a more balanced and fulfilling life. Especially, the courage you exhibited by taking the first steps towards acknowledging and embracing the need for a change. That is why, I am here to support you on your journey...
Let’s do this!
Shellye Sledge, Ph.D., LCSW
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, 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, HIV / AIDS, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Immigration Issues, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexuality, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
CA LCSW 27622
Shellye truly understands the challenges associated with being a working mom with an autistic son and disabled husband. She is insightful and provides excellent suggestions.
Written on Aug 18, 2023 after therapy with Shellye for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, grief, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
Dr. Sledge is both knowledgeable and personable in her interactions and support. I valued the time we had to discuss difficult family dynamics and to come up with realistic strategies. My mental health was maintained and improved through our therapy sessions.
Written on May 15, 2023 after therapy with Shellye for 3 months on issues concerning family conflicts, and coping with life changes
She's absolutely wonderful. She comes up with ideas I hadn't thought of and ways of approaching conversations.
Written on Apr 26, 2023 after therapy with Shellye for 2 years and 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, and self esteem
Dr Sledge is very easy to talk to; is a very active listener; asks questions that make me think; and She also reminds me that I must remember how important it is to focus on "self-care,"
My job can be very stressful at times, and I tend to worry about my spouse, who has health problems, my children, all grown, but one of whom has a chronic illness, and my 90 year old Mom. I worry about everyone I love, and I sometimes forget about ME.
Dr Sledge is helpful and supporting what I call my journey to ME - remembering that sometimes I come first and in so doing I can shed some of the stress and worries and focus on self-care and to stop worrying so much about things I have no control over.
I have made great progress in my therapy sessions with Dr. Sledge and highly recommend her!
Written on Mar 02, 2023 after therapy with Shellye for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
She's a great listener and really questions your thinking. I learned a lot from her and recommend her !
Written on Dec 02, 2022 after therapy with Shellye for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching
Shellye was a great therapist. She listened with care and intentionality. Her advise was always pointed and direct. She did a great job of adding perspective to whatever I was struggling with.
Written on Nov 12, 2022 after therapy with Shellye for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd