Therapist Sharon (Shonnie) Brown Photo

Sharon (Shonnie) Brown, LMFT

Stress, Anxiety Relationship issues Self esteem Career difficulties ADHD
Video Phone Live Chat Messaging

About me

Hello! I'm a northern California native and have lived much of my adult life adapting to other cultures. Life's challenges and transitions, including divorce and shyness, have facilitated my growth as a psychotherapist, helping me to accept change as part of life.
I received my B.A. from UC Berkeley and my M.A. in counseling psychology from JFK University in Orinda, CA. I have 25+ years experience as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), working primarily with individuals and couples. I have facilitated groups on separation and divorce, infidelity, co-parenting education, and social anxiety.
Particular areas of interest are: major life transitions, separation and divorce, infidelity, couples and relationship counseling, broken friendships, self-esteem issues, young adulthood, employment issues, parenting, and aging issues. I am also a professional writer and use writing as a tool for emotional healing..
My work is honest, direct, and from the heart. I use a variety of approaches, including cognitive and solution-focused therapies, family systems, and psychodynamic. Recently I have incorporated Pete Walker, MFT’s roadmap on childhood trauma (Complex PTSD) into my work.
An inability to self-soothe or tolerate one’s own feelings (i.e. hurt, anger, jealousy, guilt, fear) is the underlying main issue for my clients. The other main issue is lack of self-compassion, self-protection, and self-love. I use tools such as goal setting, coping skills, mindfulness exercises, and writing exercises (as desired) along with building a strong therapeutic relationship. Life is delicate and fragile. I work on optimism and gratitude every day. As human beings we can only take one step at a time. Please consider contacting me as a step toward the change you want in your life.

Professional experience

30yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Depression, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Codependency, Communication Problems, Divorce and Separation, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Guilt and Shame, Infidelity, Isolation/Loneliness, Life Purpose, Money and Financial Issues, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Somatization, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

License information

CA LMFT 30787


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Sharon (Shonnie) Brown. 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.

Shonnie has been such a great gift to me and my family! I can’t thank her enough for the help she’s provided. Hopefully this review will suffice.

Written on Nov 16, 2021 after therapy with Sharon (Shonnie) for 1 year and 10 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and intimacy-related issues

Shonnie is very compassionate and provides great tools to assist client.

Written on Sep 09, 2021 after therapy with Sharon (Shonnie) for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, and career difficulties

Very adaptive to needs!

Written on Apr 07, 2021 after therapy with Sharon (Shonnie) for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Shonnie is such an amazing resource and counselor! She is so kind and communicative, I always felt as though she was listening and always gave sound advice!

Written on Mar 30, 2021 after therapy with Sharon (Shonnie) for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and anger management

Shonnie is a really great listener, and she gives insightful feedback.

Written on Jan 18, 2021 after therapy with Sharon (Shonnie) for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and anger management

Shonnie is the best.

Written on Dec 10, 2020 after therapy with Sharon (Shonnie) for 8 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues