Shelly Lawson


Shelly Lawson


Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMFT - 40227
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: Session fees $100-$150
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability


1352 Irvine Blvd.
Tustin, California 92780

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My Approach to Helping

My approach to helping others is a combination of over 20 years working in the field of therapy in agencies and school settings, managed care, hospital programs and as a private practice therapist the past 5 years. I work from a strength-based approach that combines techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, short-term solution focused, and family systems. I believe my clients would describe me as genuine, down to earth, relatable, and supportive. I feel fortunate that I can join in the journey of helping others improve and grow, problem-solve, and move forward in dealing with painful life events.

Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance

It is vital to find a therapist you trust and feel comfortable working with in order for therapy to be successful. It would be difficult to make progress in treatment without feeling your therapist was trustworthy, knowledgeable, nonjudgmental, or genuine. Just as we all find professionals in the world we don't feel connected to such as a Dr., this can happen in therapy. Everyone has unique personalities and styles in the way they work. It is important to find a therapist that you feel comfortable with in therapy. A therapist is your partner and guide on this journey.

The Duration and Frequency of Therapy

The duration and frequency of therapy should be determined for each person individually. This should be a collaborative decision between the client and therapist. There are a number of factors to consider such as the primary issue and how this issue may be impacting the client's life and functioning. Generally, most of the clients I work with are seen weekly to start and my focus is short-term solution focused treatment. Of course, there is no one size fits all in regard to duration and frequency, but this should be a question best answered between client and therapist.

Services I Provide

  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Blind and visually impaired

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Family Problems
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

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