Debra Sherk, Depth Psychotherapist, Ph.D., LMFT, Psychotherapy in Santa Barbara, California, 93101

Debra Sherk, Depth Psychotherapist, Ph.D., LMFT

Debra Sherk, Depth Psychotherapist, Ph.D., LMFT
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Debra Sherk, Depth Psychotherapist, Ph.D., LMFT

Professions: Psychotherapist, Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - 84463
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 24492
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5266 Hollister Ave.
Suite 215
Santa Barbara, California 93101
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Navigating significant life transitions can be a source of anxiety, confusion, and overwhelm for many individuals. Whether managing difficult or unfamiliar life events, or adjusting to new developmental life stages (such as adolescence, young adulthood, middle age, or retirement), these transitions impact us tremendously. Adolescence and young adulthood is perhaps the greatest period of transformation in one's life, especially in our modern, technological age where both a sense of community and the customs and rituals that center around these important rites of passage seem to be fading. As such, many teens and young adults find themselves struggling to find a sense of autonomy, identity, and belonging. Through this difficult period, many individuals often report symptoms of depression, anxiety, loneliness, and stress. Through a warm, empathic, and relational approach, psychotherapists Debra and John Sherk of Sherk Counseling Services have helped many individuals achieve a greater sense of clarity, direction, self-esteem, and growth.

Email or Call Debra Sherk, Depth Psychotherapist, Ph.D., LMFT at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 24492

More Info About My Practice

Debra and John have over a decade of experience in helping adolescents, young adults, and their families thrive during this most important and often harrowing life passage. Trained at Santa Barbara City College, The Academy of Healing Arts for Teens, Santa Barbara, New Beginnings Counseling Center in Santa Barbara, as well as several local schools in the Santa Barbara county district, Debra and John's expertise lay in effectively engaging transitional age youth and young adults in ways that are creative and meaningful, leading to lasting change and fulfillment.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

While we work with a diverse range of age groups, issues, and individuals, our specialties include:

* Depression (including pre- and postpartum depression for moms and dads)

* Generalized and acute anxiety (including test anxiety)

* Trauma

* Grief and loss

* Identity issues

* Self-esteem issues

* Addiction and Sobriety maintenance

* Personality and career assessment

* Psychotherapist development

* LGBTQQ issues

* Adolescence through Early Adulthood (age 16-49)

* Myers-Briggs Personality Assessment (visit
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* Strong Interest Inventory

Conveniently located near UCSB and SBCC, we have extensive experience working with students struggling academically, emotionally, interpersonally, vocationally, or spiritually.

We also offer sessions via Skype or FaceTime.

Theoretical Influences that Guide My Work

Our approach focuses on improving relationships with oneself and others. A relational approach enhances our capacity for authenticity and increases our ability to understand the origins of our issues. Influenced by the traditions of depth psychology, depth psychotherapy views our everyday difficulties as symptoms of underlying core assumptions about how we view life and our place in it. Our dreams and other unconscious material give us undefended clues about these deeper core assumptions. Often the most powerful and enduring positive change comes from achieving greater understanding of such core beliefs and how they fuel the symptoms (such as anxiety or depression) in our daily lives. Please visit for more information.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Coaching
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Creative Arts Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Elder Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Hoarding
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Learning Difficulties
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Money and Financial Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Narcissism
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Psychosis
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Art Therapy
  • Bibliotherapy
  • Breathwork
  • Clean Language, Symbolic Modeling, and Metaphor Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Coherence Therapy / Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy
  • Core Process Psychotherapy (CPP)
  • Creative Art Therapy
  • Depth Therapy
  • Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy
  • Dreamwork
  • Ecotherapy / Nature Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Family Attachment Narrative Therapy
  • Family Constellations
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Feldenkrais Method
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Journal Therapy
  • Jungian Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Music Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
  • Object Relations
  • Parent Work
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Play Therapy
  • Poetry Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Possibility Therapy
  • Process Oriented Psychology
  • Psychoanalysis / Modern Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Sand Tray Therapy
  • Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy
  • Self Psychology
  • Self-Relations Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Wilderness Therapy

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