Mental & Emotional Well Being

Psychotherapy is a valuable process of self-discovery and changing course when things no longer seem to be working. When the patterns and coping styles we develop earlier in life are no longer serving us or life experiences challenge our ability to effectively navigate the world, we often need a guide to help us get a different perspective and learn new skills.

angry faceAnxiety, depression, and chronic anger are just some of the signals that indicate something is out of alignment. Difficulty managing distressful emotions, burnout, chronic stress or worry, negative inner dialogue, communication and relationship problems, problematic conflict styles, unmet needs and desires, trauma related symptoms, and other difficulties may result in physical distress, illness, and disease. The mind and body operate together to create a sense of well-being or ill health.

Developing emotional intelligence personally and professionally, managing stress and anxiety, cultivating wisdom, moving from depression to finding your passion, and resolving loss, grief, and trauma can help reclaim your joy, transform unhealthy habits, improve relationships while having more time to focus on what’s meaningful and working towards your goals.

tree mandalaPaths to Wellness, Inc. takes an integrative approach to wellness where the mind and body are interconnected. We hold our emotions, our stories, and trauma in our body. Using a tops down (cognitive approach) and bottoms up (body sensations and emotions) approach in understanding, unwinding, and releasing chronic stress and trauma to create more openness, spontaneity, fluidity, availability for new experiences and the ability to live more fully in the present moment. Using mindfulness and self-inquiry practices provide the tools for a lifetime of self awareness and acceptance and an ability to be with  experience rather than defending against or avoiding difficult feelings and conflicts.

Health and Wellness

Physical and mental health are intrinsically related. How we are in our mind is reflected in and affects our body and how we are in our body affects how we are in our mind. When we hold our breath because we feel fearful or anxious, we increasingly begin to feel anxious which can then lead to feelings of panic. Food, exercise, and sleep, among other things, also affect our emotional and mental well being. Emotional holding, trauma, and how our bodies hold our stories can take a toll and create mental dis-ease and chronic patterns often lead to disease.

healthy body healthy mindActivities like exercise, yoga, and mindfulness based stress reduction or relaxation practices can help to expand the breath, reduce stress, and can create improved thinking and emotional regulation. Movement explorations can increase body awareness, release stuck emotions, and create more fluidity in movement and self expression.

Call for a mind-body consultation at 408-507-4329 and learn how mind-body wellness coaching and body oriented psychotherapy can help you feel more connected to yourself, access your body wisdom, feel better, have more energy, and feel more vibrant and alive.

Wellness walks will be offered starting in August. Check back for dates or sign up to receive email notifications of wellness activities.

Yoga therapy and yoga and couples therapy are available.


For many, spirituality is what gives life meaning. Whether it’s a structured religion, nature, a higher power, or Different religious symbolssomething that connects you to something bigger than yourself (community, a cause, etc.), spirituality can be a source of faith, comfort, support and be a guiding force in one’s values and relationship with the larger world.

At times, one can also feel challenged in their faith, feel betrayed, and even shunned and feel a sense of loss and disconnection.

In the past, many schools of psychology neglected or outright rejected the role spirituality plays in the lives and well being of many people. Taking an integrated approach to health and wellness, Paths to Wellness, Inc. understands the importance of spirituality and wisdom based traditions, and supports those whose spirituality is both a source of support and/or challenge.

What’s New


The HourGlass Podcast

Dr. Valerie Sher talks about the Naked Divorce Program on The HourGlass Podcast with David Glass.


The Naked Divorce Emotional Freedom Program - Get over your Divorce/Separation in 21 Days - A transformational journey of conscious uncoupling.

Also offering a 7 day intensive Haven Retreat for an accelerated transformational journey in Mexico or the San Francisco Bay area.

Discover the Intimacy of the Present Moment - A three part series on embodied self-inquiry.

Contact Info

Dr. Valerie Sher
61 Renato Ct., Suite 18
Redwood City, CA 94061
Phone: 650-332-4656

Call/email for more information.

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