Dr. William Shearer

(PhD, EDD, MBA)
Therapist Dr. William Shearer Photo

About Me

Hello,

COUPLE COUNSELING SPECIALIST

I go by Dr. Bill and I am a licensed therapist (license number Psychologist 5077, LMFT 12373), in practice for 44 years. I am primarily a couples therapist (75% of my work ), but I also have many years experience working with anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and other addictive and compulsive behaviors. I ran a drug and alcohol treatment program for 13 years, and I have been in charge of an outpatient eating disorders program. I ran an anxiety treatment program with individual and group therapy for over 25 years. I am also a university professor, organizational consultant, wellness and well-being coach and author. My wife Robin (also a therapist) and I are the co-authors of Mindful Choices for Well-Being As Well as Finding the Right Partner (pending publication).

I look forward to working with you!


Specialties

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

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman Method, Imago Relationship Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy

Years of Experience: 46

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

Psychologist #5077 (Expires: 2023-04-30)

LMFT #12373 (Expires: 2023-05-31)


Reviews

Written by A.V. on Jan 13, 2022 after therapy with William for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Dr. Bill was an excellent listener and he responded very quickly to my journal entries. focusing on anxiety, stress, and boundary-setting. He often included worksheets and recommended books to help with areas of improvement. He also made notes every time we had a video call on what I expressed and gave suggestions to help. I would highly recommend Dr. Bill!

Written by P.R. on Jan 10, 2022 after therapy with William for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

I have tried to seek help from many leadership coaches in the past, and none have come close to the manner and efficacy with which Dr. Shearer understood and diagnosed my specific issues and helped me with very relevant, targeted and effective advice. In fact, my very first conversation with him, at the beginning of my engagement, was enough to get me more than halfway home. I'm obliged to Dr. Shearer for his advice and guidance, and I will highly recommend him to anyone suffering from interpersonal relationship issues and/or low self-esteem issues, irrespective of the context (home/work/other social settings) in which these may arise.

Written by I.B. on Jan 02, 2022 after therapy with William for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts

Dr Shearer is an outstanding, highly experienced therapist who takes his time in trying to understand you as a person above all else.

Written by M.A. on Dec 14, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

In the short time I have been working with Dr. Bill he has already given me ways in which to better myself. He's a wealth of knowledge and experience and has been helping me in my journey to become a better me and a better partner to the people in my life. The tools and research he shares are extremely helpful and will allow me to constantly learn and develop myself. I look forward to all that he can teach me.

Written by C.H. on Nov 10, 2021 after therapy with William for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

He’s wonderful! Has sooo many good resources & things I can work on as HW. I am so grateful for his expertise & experience!

Written by J.A. on Nov 07, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

It's my first time reaching out for a therapy session and I'm glad the match therapist for me is Dr. Shearer. He's very helpful and I'm comfortable sharing with him what I think or feel. He listens and help me process what I feel. He also shares articles and readings to help me understand what I'm going through. He doesn't rush you with opening up. I'm grateful he's my first therapist and will recommend him to my friends and colleagues.

Written by J.O. on Nov 03, 2021 after therapy with William for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and intimacy-related issues

Dr Shearer has been amazing for me. These past few months I have been having really rough patches in life, but having Dr Shearer in my corner has worked wonders and is helping me everyday to become better and help myself get to my ultimate goal.

Written by D.. on Oct 20, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and coach

Dr. Bill is an expert in eating disorders and has really opened my mind to mindful eating. I’ve been bulimic for 10 years and I finally have confidence in myself to eat the way dr. Bill has recommended for me to do.

Written by M.A. on Oct 15, 2021 after therapy with William for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I worked with Dr. Shearer through a difficult separation and divorce and he was the perfect counselor to guide me through these hard times. When I signed up for Better Help, I was suffering from overwhelming anger, anxiety and depression to the point that I could hardly function. I quit my job, I stopped most of my hobbies, and I stopped paying attention to my health. I'm a father of four, married for thirteen years and I did everything for my wife and kids. When my marriage collapsed, my life as I knew it crashed with it. I was on a spiral down, my anxiety felt physically. I felt like a dead man walking. I was consumed daily with hurt, anger, mistrust, and fear. I knew I needed professional help to turn my life around. I signed up for Better Help with trepidation. I had been to counseling for years, but I wasn't sure how valuable online counseling could be. Dr. Shearer or "Dr. Bill" as I called him, changed my mind from our first interaction. He was kind, empathetic, and I always left our sessions feeling enlightened, relaxed, and confident. Dr. Bill was a mentor who always had the right answer. From the onset, he armed me with tools to improve my well-being and change the way my mind was wired. Some of those tools included diaphragmatic breathing, and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). He also referred me to relevant books to supplement my learning, and he referred me to the working draft of his own book. His book was incredible and acted as a perfect supplement our sessions. I remember reading chapters from midnight until dawn a couple night. It was that good. Dr. Bill also provided worksheets to gauge my mental and emotional state, and to assess my performance as a husband, and later co-parent. In a short amount of time, I turned things around with Dr. Bill's help. That anger, anxiety, and cloud of sadness were mostly lifted away. As Dr. Bill coached me, I know I'll still deal with difficult emotions, but I now have valuable tools to accept them and to redirect my energy into something positive. As an added benefit, Dr. Bill served as a divorce mediator for many years, so he was able to provide sage advice on how to approach my negotiation and how to manage my emotions all while keeping the peace with my soon-to-be-ex. Today is a sad day for me because I'm leaving Dr. Bill, only because money is tight (given all of my legal dealings). Dr. Bill, I sincerely thank you for saving me, transforming me, and for giving me tools which I will continue to use to develop into a stronger man. I have so much gratitude for what you did and I could never thank you enough.

Written by J.U. on Sep 23, 2021 after therapy with William for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, eating disorders, self esteem, coaching, and adhd

Best therapist !

Written by F.E. on Sep 15, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, eating disorders, and self esteem

I really enjoyed working with Dr. Shearer, he understood the real problem right in the first live session and we worked on long term solutions

Written by F.A. on Sep 15, 2021 after therapy with William for 3 weeks on issues concerning addictions, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, and adhd

Dr. Shearer supported me for a short time but it was an excellent experience. Would highly recommend him and his flexible approach.

Written by T.O. on Aug 26, 2021 after therapy with William for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, anger management, career difficulties, and coaching

Dr Shearer is exactly what one could ever expect from a clinician.

He has the credentials and he lives up to them. He is the one you are looking for...

Written by B.A. on Jul 29, 2021 after therapy with William for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Dr. Shearer is great and very professional. He has a lot of experience and shared many great material to help me with my issues. I really appreciate his approach and kindness. He also checked up on my frequently when I didn't have much to say or posted anything. I truly appreciate how much he cares! I would definitely sign up with him again.

Written by O.M. on Jul 28, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

Dr. Bill is so respectful, so supportive, so understanding of all religions, beliefs, and ethnicity. I highly recommend others to have Dr.Bill as their counselor

Written by E.L. on Jul 17, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 months

Dr. Shearer (Dr. Bill) has been wonderful to work with.
His expertise are in love and relationships be it with others or yourself, and he has taught me so much about self-compassion and how to exercise my boundaries in a healthy way.
I feel respected by him, and his books and the focused chapters will forever be in my reading repertoire. Thanks again Dr. Bill!

Written by V.E. on Jul 15, 2021 after therapy with William for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and compassion fatigue

I've really enjoyed our time together. I appreciate all the different points of view and the worksheets are always exactly what I'm either looking for or need. Dr. Shearer has been a great support.

Written by M.O. on Jul 11, 2021 after therapy with William for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Dr Bill was my first therapist ever and was my "Yoda" from time to time as well. I was very lucky to have found him. He was such great help. His clinical approaches (ACT, Gottman Method, Mindfulness, CBT in my case) worked really well with me. He is warm, gentle, open, and has a good sense of humor, responds well to messages and gave me useful reading materials. Because he was never judgmental or critical, I could trust him, be honest and open with him. I looked forward to our video session every week and if money wasn't the issue I would have continued counseling with him. And when I come back, I will definitely choose Dr Bill as my therapist again.

Written by R.O. on May 01, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues

Dr Shearer has been a wonderful resource as I work through issues in my relationship with my wife. He helped me very quickly to understand that my marriage is still important to me and that my own anxiety and self doubt are holding me back with being the best husband and connecting with my wife.
He has provided great reading and assessment materials for how I can focus on staying in the moment during important conversations with my wife in order to really listen and hear what her needs are and what she is asking.
He has been extremely supportive and constantly encouraging me to practice the methods I am learning to help face my own issues and how to best meet my wife’s emotional needs.
Dr. Shearer is very easy to talk to about these very personal issues and has helped me tremendously to fell better about myself and how to connect better with my wife.
He also has been great with staying engaged with me (and with keeping me engaged) in this therapy process by messaging me several times a week unprompted, responding very quickly to my messages, and encouraging me to schedule
Video sessions.
I would recommend Dr. Shearer as a therapist to friends and family.

Written by H.O. on Apr 03, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Dr. Shearer has been great so far. I have had two sessions through video and conversations through texting and he listens and gives me real proactive advice on a lot.

Written by K.A. on Feb 01, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and adhd

Dr. Shearer has helped so much even after only a couple of sessions. He knows what my goals are and is helping me get there step by step.

Written by R.A. on Jan 29, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Dr. Shearer has been a huge help so far, and he has introduced new techniques that I have found to be manageable and they have helped me to manage my anxiety and stress. He actively listens and takes note of what you are struggling with. He has a wide range of knowledge and explains how his advice and suggestions have helped prior clients. I am really glad to be matched with such a great therapist.