As a psychologist, I believe we all have a desire for positive growth and greater self-awareness. I think that we each have innate strengths and skills needed to become the person we want to be, but also live a life full of purpose, meaning, and happiness. For over two decades, I have been helping my clients nurture their strengths, find solutions and live more positive, balanced, happier, and personally fulfilling lives.
I understand what it’s like to feel stuck and yearning for something different, but not knowing or giving yourself permission on what to do next. I felt called to become a therapist in my early 30s and realized I had natural skills for listening compassionately, walking a mile in someone else’s shoes, and helping that person look at things from a different perspective.
I have my Doctorate Degree (Psy.D) in Psychology from California Southern University and my Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the State of California. I am also a California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist (CAMFT) certified Clinical Supervisor. I am an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University’s Clinical Psychology Program.
In my clinical practice, I offer couples counseling for disconnection, chronic misunderstandings, co-parenting, blended families, affairs, communication improvement strategies, and relationship enhancement treatment to name a few. For adult men and women, I offer anxiety treatment, depression treatment, grief and loss counseling, career counseling and any other issues that need support and guidance to resolve.
Therapy is a safe space for you to explore who you are without fear of judgment. When working with individuals and couples, I utilize the most well researched and empirically validated theories of psychology to bring resolution to the challenges you are facing. I am particularly drawn to positive psychology, and solution-focused approach to help individuals and couples not only identify their short-term and long-term goals but also transform their insights into decisive action. I am here to offer you personalized guidance and practical strategies and tools to develop greater self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-confidence.
As we work together, I will not just sit, stare at you and nod. I am an engaged, straightforward and direct therapist who—for your most significant growth—will not agree with you all of the time. I believe in a collaborative process, and instead of telling you how to solve your problems, I will guide you toward setting your own goals and helping you make your best decisions. Also, although I will always have your long-term goals in mind, I am flexible and understanding when challenging events and emotions arise between sessions that need to be addressed. In each session, I will help you solve and investigate what is most important for you as you seek to understand what life has thrown your way.
In addition to my work as a psychologist, I am an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University where I teach graduate students who are studying to become therapists themselves. I also supervise two marriage and family therapist associates as they fulfill their 3000 required clinical training hours. Besides counseling, teaching and mentoring are two of my greatest passions, and there is something extraordinary about guiding new therapists as they discover their therapy styles and work with clients. Because therapy is such a vibrant and evolving field, training new therapists offer me valuable opportunities to continually review and apply various therapy methodologies myself, ensuring my clients get the best treatment.
In my personal life, I enjoy spending time with my husband, adult children, and pet-children, hiking, gardening, going to concerts and traveling. One of my favorite places to visit is to the Caribbean as I love snorkeling in that deep clear aqua-blue water. My family also has a cabin in the San Bernardino Mountains, which we often visit to get grounded in nature.
I imagine that you are strong enough to make the changes you crave for in your life, relationships, or career. I invite you to give me a call at 714-783-8500 for a free 20-minute consultation. I am happy to answer any questions you have about my approach and my therapy practice.
Sherry Helgoe earned her Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D) from California Southern University and her Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. She is currently an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School for Clinical Psychology. She has received a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Intensive Certificate and was trained by Drs. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli to become a Certified Mindfulness Educator, integrating mindfulness training with stress management techniques. She is also a Myer-Briggs (MBTI®) Certified Practitioner who can use the assessment as a tool to make the theory of personality understandable and useful in her clients’ lives. Her professional experience includes working as a Member Health Educator for a major Southern California HMO teaching a psychology-based weight management 16-week series and classes on Depression Education & Prevention, Stress Management with Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and How to Successfully Parent your Child/Teen. She worked as a Social Worker at College Psychiatric Hospital, providing treatment for inpatient adults, teenagers and their families. In addition, Sherry was a High School Counselor and Adjunct Professor at Santiago at Canyon Community College, teaching both Introduction to Psychology and Developmental Psychology courses. Sherry is licensed in the State of California. License Numbers: LMFT 38590 and LPCC 1642.