I believe we all have a desire for positive growth and greater self-understanding. I also believe each of us has the innate strengths and skills needed to not only become the person we each want to be, but also live a life full of meaning and happiness. For 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 to crave something different. I felt called to become a therapist in my 30s. I realized then that I had a talent for listening compassionately, walking a mile in someone else’s shoes and helping that person look at things from a new perspective. People told me that I was insightful, understanding and honest.
Although the period of transition was challenging, I went back to school to get my Master’s Degree at Pepperdine University. After 3000 clinical hours, I became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and then a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. In my current practice, I offer couples counseling (including affair recovery, communication improvement strategies, relationship enhancement), anxiety treatment, depression treatment, grief and loss counseling, career counseling and counseling for adult men and women who need support and guidance to resolve the issues in their lives.
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 problems you are facing. I am particularly drawn to positive psychology and solution-focused theory to help individuals and couples not only identify their short-term and long-term goals, but also transform their insights into positive action. I am here to offer you personalized guidance and effective 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 greatest 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 making your best decisions. And, although I will always have your long-term goals in mind, I am flexible and understanding when challenging events and emotions arise. In each session, I will help you address and investigate what is most important for you as you seek to understand your current situation.
In addition to my work as a therapist, I am a professor at Pepperdine University where I teach graduate students who are studying to become therapists themselves. I also supervise two marriage and family therapist interns as they fulfill their 3000 required clinical training hours. Teaching and mentoring are two of my greatest passions. There is something really special about guiding new therapists as they discover their own therapy styles and begin working with clients. Because therapy is such a rich and evolving field, training new therapists offers me valuable opportunities to constantly review and apply various therapy methods myself, ensuring my clients get the best treatment possible.
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 travel is the Caribbean. I love snorkeling in that deep blue water. My family also has a cabin in the San Bernadino Mountains, which we visit often.
I believe that you are strong enough to make the changes you crave for in your life, relationships and 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 Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. She is currently a 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 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.