Shirley Semel


About Me

Welcome! I am very excited that you have taken the first step to finding the support that you need. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of California. I have worked with all ages of individuals and have experience facilitating groups dealing with domestic violence, anger management and addiction relapse prevention. I strive to earn your trust through creating an environment in which you will be free to share whatever is on your mind in an atmosphere of compassion and without judgment.

One of my passions is to help you live a life in which you are free to explore who you are in every aspect of your life. I want you to know how special you are and that you deserve to live a life that you have always dreamed of. We can do that by looking into the areas of your life that are keeping you stuck for whatever reason and learning what it is that you really gives you joy and contentment in every area of your life.

My special interests include helping people deal with addictions and co-occurring disorders, relationship and family issues, helping families dealing with mentally ill loved ones, as well as Christian counseling for individuals and families. I especially take joy in seeing people reach their full potential in life through God’s eyes. But whatever your situation is I want you to be able to share it in a caring and nurturing environment.

I look forward to working with you soon


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Anger management
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Blended Family Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 8

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video


LMFT #93363 (Expires: 2021-08-31)


Written by L.Y. on May 14, 2021 after counseling with Shirley for 9 months on issues concerning relationship

I feel Shirley gets it! where I find it difficult to explain or convey what I'm feeling. She sometimes finished my thought when I am unable to find the words and the sentiment of what I'm feeling especially when I'm not sure myself to put things in perspective. If I could afford it I probably be speaking to her at least twice a week.