Shohreh Schmuecker

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Shohreh Schmuecker

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Telehealth Available
Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - 105346
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

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Lafayette, California 94549

My Approach to Helping

Maybe your goal is to get tools to help you with your anxiety and learn how to manage feeling overwhelmed, or to get support through life transitions or maybe you'd like to get therapy to help better understand yourself. I specializing in providing therapy for women in all stages of life. I can offer you support with anxiety, overwhelm, life transitions, motherhood, parenting, or navigating relationships with yourself and others. My intention is to provide compassionate therapy, that can allow you to feel safe enough to explore your internal and external world that can be useful not only in session, but in your everyday life.

My approach utilizes somatic psychology (tracking both the experiences of the mind and the body), psychodynamic relational therapy (exploring your present experiences, as well as looking at relevant historical, relational, and familial dynamics), attachment therapy (early relationships that may shape or inform us), and mindfulness and trauma-informed practices.

Being witnessed, understood and seen with kindness and compassion can be very healing and powerful. In today's world, it may be difficult to find a safe space that is just yours, a place for you to freely speak about your needs, your wants, your difficulties and hopes and your experience.

My Therapy Focus

Somatic Psychotherapy is the type of counseling I specialize in. Somatic Psychotherapy utilizes the mind-body connections. Traditional talk therapy is based on the idea that discussing what is going on for you helps to alleviate difficulties. Traditional talk therapy helps to better understand your process by talking about your emotions and feelings. Somatic Psychotherapy also uses traditional talk therapy and also adds awareness of your physical and sometimes spiritual aspects of your experience. I do this in session by first co-creating a safe space for you to feel comfortable sharing your internal world. As you discuss your experiences, I may ask you to check in with your body and to share what comes up for you physically, slowing down to take inventory of the wisdom that your body possess and what your body is communicating.

On the Fence About Going to Therapy?

Scheduling an introductory phone call allows you the opportunity to ask questions, discuss what your needs are and get a sense of my working style and what therapy might look like. It gives you the space to decide what the best fit for you is and your needs and if I am a good match for the work you would like to do. It also creates some space for you to discuss your concerns or hopes for therapy without any pressure to commit to working together. My sincere goal is to get you the kind of support that feels right for you.

The Duration and Frequency of Therapy

Therapy has been found to be most beneficial and productive when incorporated into a client's lifestyle. Generally, sessions are scheduled once a week, especially in the beginning. Having sessions weekly allows you the opportunity to establish the necessary therapeutic relationship, provides consistency and allows you to have dedicated weekly support.

The duration of therapy depends on your particular needs and goals. As we work together, we will discuss your goals and treatment needs.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Providing compassionate, kind therapy for women, that allows you to feel safe enough to explore your internal and external world. I have experience helping women address and manage anxiety, form and maintain healthy boundaries, gain support with parenting, explore and counter negative self-talk, understand and process feelings around life changes, navigating racial, cultural, spiritual, andor religious identity, gain tools such as mindfulness and self-soothing strategies, and navigate relationships with yourself and others.

Industries & Communities Served

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

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Communication Problems
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Individuation
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Panic
  • Perfectionism
  • Women's Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Object Relations
  • Psychodynamic
  • Somatic Psychotherapy

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