About Me

Welcome! I am very excited that you have taken the first step to finding the support that you need. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of California. I have worked with all ages of individuals and have experience facilitating groups dealing with domestic violence, anger management and addiction relapse prevention. I strive to earn your trust through creating an environment in which you will be free to share whatever is on your mind in an atmosphere of compassion and without judgment.

One of my passions is to help you live a life in which you are free to explore who you are in every aspect of your life. I want you to know how special you are and that you deserve to live a life that you have always dreamed of. We can do that by looking into the areas of your life that are keeping you stuck for whatever reason and learning what it is that you really gives you joy and contentment in every area of your life.

My special interests include helping people deal with addictions and co-occurring disorders, relationship and family issues, helping families dealing with mentally ill loved ones, as well as Christian counseling for individuals and families. I especially take joy in seeing people reach their full potential in life through God’s eyes. But whatever your situation is I want you to be able to share it in a caring and nurturing environment.

Once again, I am so excited that you have taken this first step in learning more about yourself in order to have a richer life. I look forward to working with you soon.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Anger management
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Blended Family Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 8

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMFT #93363 (Expires: 2023-08-31)


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Shirley Semel. 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.

Written by E.D. on Aug 27, 2021 after therapy with Shirley for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Shirley is helpful, compassionate and an amazing human being. I’m glad she is there to help not only me but many others

Written by W.I. on Apr 21, 2021 after therapy with Shirley for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, parenting issues, and anger management

I would recommend Shirley to my family. She's that good!

Written by M.I. on Jan 19, 2021 after therapy with Shirley for 3 weeks on issues concerning addictions, and anger management

Talking with Shirley has turned into the highlight of my week.

Written by C.H. on Jan 11, 2021 after therapy with Shirley for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Shirley is very kind and a great listener.

Written by J.E. on Dec 04, 2020 after therapy with Shirley for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, and coping with life changes

She listens and very help.

Written by K.A. on Nov 03, 2020 after therapy with Shirley for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, and career difficulties

Shirley is warm and has welcoming spirit I feel I'm able to be open with her, I am looking forward to our future sessions.

Written by S.T. on Oct 20, 2020 after therapy with Shirley for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, and career difficulties

Shirley is very thoughtful, considerate, and attentive. She is easy to talk to and gives the impression of a genuine interest and concern. I would highly recommend Shirley to anyone looking to overcome my wide range of personal insecurities or simply looking to grow and better themselves.

Written by A.N. on Sep 16, 2020 after therapy with Shirley for 2 months

Shirley is an awesome listener and works hard to keep in contact with her clients!

Written by D.E. on Jul 26, 2020 after therapy with Shirley for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and parenting issues

Thank you Shirley!

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