Sharon Stafanson PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
I am a psychotherapist, yoga teacher, mother of three adult daughters, partner and lover of life, our tender human existence, and the natural world.
I have over 28 years’ experience and training that spans traditional and alternative approaches to psychotherapy including: psychodynamic, depth, cognitive behavioral therapy, somatic, dialectical behavioral therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. In the last 8 years my focus and training has been in the areas of mindfulness, somatic integration, interpersonal neurobiology and the best practices for working with developmental trauma.
I am a member of the Association for Spiritual Integrity and I am in an ongoing mentorship with Marina Caplan, PhD in working psychologically with spiritual issues, teachers, crises and communities. My spiritual guidance and consultation practice is informed by extensive study of the integration of the psychological and spiritual with many teachers including John Welwood and ongoing practice with my primary teacher Jennifer Welwood.
My path began early- initially as a peer counselor in high school and later in college. My undergraduate degree is in social work and feminist studies from the University of California, Berkeley. My doctorate was completed in 1994 at The California School of Professional Psychology. My dissertation focused on the application of relational and connection-based psychotherapies in working with women clients.
I have worked with children, teens, families, couples, and adults in all phases of life and from diverse backgrounds. My experience has spanned inpatient, outpatient, and community mental health settings. I have many years experience as an eating disorder specialist- holding roles in program development and administration including as the Best Practices Chair for Eating Disorder Treatment for Kaiser Permanente of Northern California. Furthermore, I was Clinical Director and Clinical Supervisor for The Healthy Teen Project in Los Altos, California.
I am a Clinical Consultant to the Liberation Eating Disorders Education Training Program at the Women’s Therapy Center in Berkeley, California.