925-212-1018 Patty@PattyShirley.com

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up.  And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
Hebrews 12:1 (NLT)

 Services & Specialties

My credentials

  • Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (MFTi)
  • Professional Clinical Counselor Intern (PCCi)
  • Registered Addiction Specialist (RAS)
  • Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATC)

My certifications

  • anger management
  • co-occurring disorders
  • dementia-related behaviors
  • domestic violence
  • women’s treatment

Areas of focus include

  • stress, grief, loss, depression, sadness, anxiety, worry, anger
  • marital or relationship conflict
  • major life transitions
  • sexuality
  • alcohol / pill / substance use, abuse or dependency
  • behavioral addictions including sex / porn, love / relationship, exercise, eating disorders, Internet, gambling, shopping, work, etc.
  • domestic violence or abuse including physical, verbal, sexual, emotional, financial, digital and spiritual
  • trauma
  • cutting, self-destructive or self-harm behaviors
  • dementia and Alzheimer’s related behaviors including psychosis, hallucinations and depression

I provide services such as

  • working collaboratively with my clients, offering guidance, support, encouragement and motivation to make life changes
  • psycho-education for stronger relationships, greater awareness, healthier boundaries, assertive communication and holistic self-care
  • assessment, treatment planning, risk assessment and crisis management
  • guidance, therapeutic support and intervention for
    • care providers for individuals faced with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
    • care providers for those facing end-of-life issues (Hospice and Palliative Care)
    • those facing behavioral issues, addictions, obsessive behaviors including their friends and family members
    • those who have experienced or are experiencing abuse / trauma / neglect / abandonment
    • individuals facing the challenges of depression, anxiety, fear, confusion, worry
    • and more

I offer multi-theoretical counseling services to

  • individuals, both men and women
  • couples
  • families
  • groups
  • adolescents
  • specialized demographics
    • homeschool families
    • law enforcement officers, firefighters, etc.
    • pastors
    • older adults
    • family members and caregivers of individuals with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease

Culturally sensitive theoretical approaches I utilize are

  • Attachment Based Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Sand Tray Therapy
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Trauma Focused Therapy

My specialties include

  • Addiction / Drug and Substance Use, Abuse and Dependency
    • Prescription Drugs and Pills including OxyContin, Percodan, Percocet, Demerol, Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet, Codeine, Barbiturates, Pentobarbital, Benzodiazepines, Xanax, Limbitrol, Diazepam, Valium, lorazepam, Ativan, Amphetamine, Adderall, BenzedrineConcerta, Ritalin and others
    • Alcohol including beer, wine, hard liquor and spirits
    • Nicotine and tobacco products
    • Steroids
    • Over-the-Counter Cough and Cold Medicines
    • Illicit Substances including amphetamines, cocaine, ecstasy, hallucinogens, heroin, inhalants, marijuana, methamphetamine, mescaline, opioids, and more
  • Alzheimer’s / Dementia, manifesting in confusion, anger, paranoia, fear, depression, hallucinations, etc.
  • Anxiety
  • Anger Management
  • Behavioral Issues and Addictions
    • Sex
    • Porn
    • Gambling
    • Shopping
    • Internet
    • Video Games
    • Eating Disorders
    • Risky Behaviors
  • Career  / College Counseling and Planning
  • Codependency
  • Communication Issues
  • Confusion
  • Co-Occurring Disorders i.e. substance use / abuse accompanied by depression, anxiety, etc.
  • Coping Skills
  • Cross Addiction
  • Dementia manifesting in anger paranoia, worry, depression, hallucinations, delusions, etc.
  • Depression
  • Divorce (the effects on adults, teens and children)
  • Domestic Abuse, Domestic Violene, Financial Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Intimate Partner Violence
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief and Loss
  • Hospice, Palliative Care, End-of-Life Issues
  • Infidelity
  • Mood Disorders
  • Parenting Issues
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Harm, Cutting
  • Spirituality
  • Trauma
  • Women’s Issues
  • Worry
  • and more