Therapist Profile

Name:
Ms. Sharon Testa-Harker, M.S.
Professional Title:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Email:
Email
Location:
3030 Ashby Ave Ste 111A Berkeley, CA 94705-2439
Phone:
(510) 655-3289
Website:
License Number
LMFT29310
Practicing Since:
1992
Additional Licenses:
MFT

Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
Clients can expect. . . a sensitive, active, direct therapist, with a sense of humor. Together, we will investigate the causes for your pain and develop coping strategies that will improve your overall quality of life. My history. . . working with young children in Montessori Education taught me the value of child self-direction and respect. Coordinating a children’s program in a battered women’s shelter I learned the effects of violence, loss, chemical dependency, powerlessness. In a police department providing crisis intervention, I honed skills in child abuse treatment, family and adolescent psychotherapy and developed expertice in dealing with traumatic stress. Today. . . after 19 years of service in private practice, I am optimistic about people’s growth potential and tolerance for adversity. I utilize traditional talk, play, and art in long and short term therapy, and provide professional supervision and consultation.

About My Practice

Office Hours
Monday - Thursday by appointment
Services
Child Play and Art Therapy (ages 2 1/2 and up) Adolescent, Adult, Couple and Family Therapy Supervision and Consultation Reduced Fees (by agreement)
Insurance
Call Office for Insurance Accepted
Credit Cards Accepted
None
Free Initial Consult
No
Offers Teletherapy
None

Education

Degrees
M.S. Clinical Counseling, California State University, Hayward B.A. Human Development, Child Development Emphasis, California State University, Hayward

Area of Specialty

Specialites:
Adolescents
Anxiety
Children
Couples
Divorce/Dissolution
Grief/Loss Terminally Ill
Issues of Abuse (Trauma)
Parenting
Play Therapy
Pre-Marriage Counseling
Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
Self Esteem/Personal Growth
Step/Blended Families
Supervision
Women's Issues

Other

Theoretical Orientation
Cognitive
Humanistic/Existential
Intersubjective
Systems
Certifications
PPS Credential Community College Counselor Credential
Languages Spoken
English
Ethnicity

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