Licensed Clinical Psychologist, CA PSY23292
Dr. Valerie Sher offers psychotherapy, groups, and coaching services. Her training in clinical psychology, trauma, somatic psychology, expressive arts therapy, coaching, health education, and business come together to offer people important tools, motivation, and a path to greater health, relationships, self expression, and overall well being.
Valerie works to reduce distressful symptoms and uses difficult life experiences as an opportunity for learning and change. She helps to build on personal strengths while developing new skills for emotional regulation, communication, assertiveness, and problem solving and helps people move from coping and managing to thriving and vibrant living.
Dr. Sher applies a variety of theoretical models and techniques based on individual needs and evidence-based practices that includes an cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, mindfulness, Jungian and depth psychology, mindfulness exporations, expressive art therapies, somatic psychology, transpersonal psychology. She uses the latest in neuropsychology science research to understand the brain/body relationship and facilitate growth and change.
Dr. Sher has a private practice in Redwood City, California. She has been affiliated with several Couple’s Centers including The Couples Center in San Francisco (www.thecouplescenter.org) and Connect2 in Palo Alto. She specializes in relationships and sexuality with individuals and couples. She offers divorce coaching programs and retreats and coparenting services to help couples move through divorce with resiliency, wisdom, and intention. She is a provisional member of Collaborative Practice San Mateo (CPSMC) and helps couples move through divorce.
As an educator, Valerie has been a supervisor and consultant at several local clinics and taught courses in Clinical Skills, Somatic Psychology, Assessment, Trauma, Expressive Arts Therapy, and Practicum at Sofia University, JFK University, and Sonoma State University. As a behavioral educator at Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Sher has taught courses on couple’s communication, anger management, mindfulness-based stress reduction, assertiveness, and depression. She has worked as a psychologist in the San Mateo Union High School District working with at-risk adolescents, and has worked for the San Mateo County Youth Services Center providing assessments and competency evaluations.
Dr. Sher has served on the San Mateo County Psychological Association Board as the Leadership Advocacy Network representative working with legislators on issues relating to mental health.
She is a speaker and workshop facilitator who has empowered and enlivened audiences and workshop participants internationally. She enjoys her work as an educator, mentor and guide.
She holds Certifications of Completion in:
- Working Creatively with Conflict through The Center for Understanding in Conflict
- Psychobiological Approaches to Couples Therapy – Level 1 and 2
- Hakomi Professional and Advanced
- Emotionally Focused Therapy
Her recent articles include:
- The Gifts of Relationships
- The Art of Giving Good Repair
- Resiliency in Divorce – What is Is and Why You Want It