Shanna Fleming, LMFT

MS in Marriage and Family Counseling, San Francisco State University Licensed in California (MFT#27164)

I believe that good therapy requires trust and that building trust requires that I meet you where you are and allow you the time you need to feel safe. You may feel lost and afraid and not even be able to articulate how you are feeling right now. Or you may feel that you have your life together and simply need to a sounding board to sort out a particular problem or next step in your journey. Or maybe somewhere in between? My approach is treating you with respect, warmth and sometimes even humor while creating a safe space from which to explore. I believe that therapy should be interactive and will provide you feedback and direction if that is what you need.

I have been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for over 30 years. I’ve worked in a variety of settings including private practice, nonprofits, managed care and with military members. I’ve been fortunate enough to supervise many interns and clinicians in treating people of all ages and learning to work with clients from all walks of life. I provide supportive therapy for adults of all ages, who are grappling with depression and/or anxiety, parenting, addiction, life changes, coping with day-to-day challenges, People who come to see me are often dealing with PTSD, family and relationship issues, grief and loss, aging, life’s transitions, sexual identity, LGBQT+ and parenting issues. I’ve specialized in working with those who have survived all kinds of abuse – particularly adult survivors of sexual abuse – and with adult children of addicted parents.

The therapy I provide is client-centered and family systems- based treatment. However, I don’t believe in a “one size fits all” approach. We will integrate other approaches such as mindfulness, CBT and a variety of other modalities. Each client is different and, therefore, requires an individualized map. Together, we will find the approach that works best for you. We will discuss your goals and priorities and explore what works for you by:

  • Creating a safe space for you to talk about your concerns and feelings
  • Providing support and feedback
  • Providing you with the tools you need to cope with anxiety, insomnia and worry using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Allowing you to discuss your feelings of grief and sadness in a safe environment
  • Working with you as you approach or cope with transition
  • Helping you to cope with aging, illness and disability
  • Provide support for LGBTQ challenges
  • Learning to navigate challenging relationship issues
  • Teaching you how to practice self-care and coping mechanisms in a way that works for you.

Good therapy is a relationship between therapist and client. If you choose to work with me, I will be honored to accompany you on your journey and I will never forget that it is, in fact, your journey.

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