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 have worked with individuals, couples and children as well as groups dealing with addiction issues, anger management, and domestic violence. 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.

I have been a Christian for more than 45 years and a soldier and member of the Salvation Army church for more than 40 years. 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.

Once again, I am so excited that you have taken this first step in learning more about yourself in order to have a richer life. 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 , Read more...

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

Years of Experience: 8

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


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


Written by C.A. on Nov 06, 2020 after counseling with Shirley for 3 weeks

So far, my counselor has been wonderful! She's caring and kind, but not afraid to keep me accountable. I know she supports me and wants to help me become a better person. I am excited to see the progress I make in the coming weeks.