Shannan Sonnicksen


Shannan Sonnicksen


Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW - LCS23976
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: $150 per individual session
$75 per group session
Free Initial Consultation
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability


Berkeley, California 94705

My Approach to Helping

As a licensed psychotherapist, I work with those who are navigating current relationships and life events with overwhelming feelings of inadequacy, shame, and anxiety. They often have difficulty recognizing their strengths, which interferes with their ability to reach their full potential. Recovery from these patterns is possible. It involves an understanding of earlier life experiences, and a commitment to developing a more compassionate and realistic view of yourself. I'm fortunate to have over 20 years of experience providing a calm, supportive, and nonjudgmental space for growth in both mental health and medical settings.

I can support you in using your personal strengths to engage in creative problem-solving, to understand and change unhealthy patterns, and in broadening your perspective on the challenges and traumatic events you've experienced. I am extensively trained in evidence-based, primarily cognitive-behavioral approaches to address anxiety, depression, and trauma.

I look forward to working collaboratively toward your goals in a way that strengthens your resilience, as this is a strong predictor of success in an unpredictable world. My hope is that you'll come away from our work together with a stronger sense of integrity and personal boundaries, capable of sharing your authentic self with others.

More Info About My Practice

Adult Children of Narcissistic Families Support Group: A support group for those who have experienced a marked absence of empathy and emotional neglect within their families of origin. This is an opportunity to 1) learn more about the dynamics of narcissism and its impact, 2) receive support from others who grew up in similar families, and 3) develop the skills to recognize and cope with these dynamics in your adult relationships. Please call for more information.

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

Anxiety, Shame, Adult Children raised in Narcissistic-Emotionally Limited Families, Codependency

Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Adult Children of Narcissistic Families, Coping with Passive-Aggressive Behavior-Hidden Anger, Codependency, Emotionally Limited Family Structures

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bullying
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Fear
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Shame
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Psychodynamic
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

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