Shonnie Brown

(M.A., LMFT)

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/experience are: major life transitions, separation and divorce, infidelity, couples and relationship counseling, broken friendships, self-esteem issues, young adulthood, parenting, and aging issues. I am also a professional writer and use writing as a tool for emotional healing..
I enjoy working with college students and young professionals, couples, and men and women going through loss or life transitions. My approach is honest, direct, and from the heart. I use a variety of approaches, including cognitive and solution-focused therapies, family systems, person centered, and psychodynamic.
An inability to tolerate one’s own feelings (i.e. hurt, anger, jealousy, guilt, fear) is the underlying main issue that clients bring to me. The other main issue is lack of self-acceptance and self-love. We work together to identify, allow, and accept, without judgment. I use tools such as goal setting, learning coping skills, mindfulness exercises, and writing exercises (as desired) along with building a supportive therapeutic relationship.
Life isn’t easy; it 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.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief
  • Parenting issues

I also have experience in Addictions, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression

Years of Experience: 25

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LMFT #MFT 30787 (Expires: 2021-01-31)


Written by G.A. on Feb 06, 2019 after counseling with Shonnie for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

She has been extremely helpful and has helped me overcome my fear of commitment. I was in an abusive relationship and she helped me cope up with everything.