Sharon Winkler,MSW, LICSW, MAC

Sharon Winkler,MSW, LICSW, MAC

Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Mental Health Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • First Choice Health
  • Out of Network Provider
  • Samaratin Health Plans
Fees: $185.
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Evening Availability


108 SE 124th Avenue
Suite #2
Vancouver, Washington 98684

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My Approach to Helping

If you’re looking for a therapy of depth, insight, and durability; if you’re seeking a highly-trained therapist with 36 years of experience who listens carefully and thoughtfully; if you’ve been disappointed by ‘quick fix’ approaches that promise much and deliver little; if your want a sophisticated, nuanced depth therapy that addresses root causes in addition to 'symptoms'; if you want an individualized approach designed specifically with your needs in mind, then please call me to discuss whether we might be a good fit.
I see adults, couples, and families, and, though I treat a wide variety of problems, I specialize in couple therapy and in treating trauma and substance use disorders. I also superviseconsult with therapists seeking licensure or wanting to hone their clinical skills.
I am offering both in-person and virtual sessions.

More Info About My Practice

I participate with the First Choice Health Network. Note that many different insurance companies and third party administrators use the First Choice Health Network: check your insurance card for the FCHN logo or call Sharon for help. These include: Samaritan, Cypress Benefit Administrators, the Loomis Company, and others.

Many people have out-of-network benefits as well, which expands their choice of therapists. They will generally reimburse for the services of independently- licensed mental health professionals.

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

I see adults, couples, and families, and, though I treat a wide variety of problems, I specialize in couple therapy and in treating comples trauma stemming from childhood abuse and substance use disorders.

Recognizing the complexity of helping people sort out their personal dilemmas, I participate in ongoing professional education and consult with trusted colleagues on a regular basis. I have postgraduate certificates in Couple and Family Therapy, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, EMDR (a method of treating post-traumatic stress disorder) and hold a certification as a Master Addiction Counselor (MAC).

How Psychotherapy Can Help

I have learned to be skeptical of approaches that promise 'quick fixes.' Although it's understandable that people want to resolve the problems that bring them to therapy as quickly as possible, I believe that approaches that focus only on symptom relief are short-sighted. Ideally, clients leave psychotherapy with a richer, more complex understanding of themselves and their circumstances and in a position to cope differently with the next challenge life throws their way.

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Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


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Groups I Work With

    Although I work with a wide range of issues and concerns, I specialize in couple therapy, and in treating complex PTSD stemming from childhood abuse, and in helping individuals and families affected by alcohol use disorders. I also provide supervision and consultation to therapists working toward licensure or wanting to hone their clinical skills.

Industries & Communities Served

  • Education
  • First Responder/Medical Professionals
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • First Responders
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Incest
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Narcissism
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse

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