I am Shari Green, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor specializing in individual, child and adolescent, and couples counseling. I have a private practice in Saint Cloud, Florida.
With over 10 years experience as a licensed mental health counselor, and as a graduate of the University of Florida and Nova Southeastern University specializing in mental health counseling, I currently serve as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among my areas of expertise are depression, anxiety, couples counseling, stress, and working with children and adolescents.
In addition to working as a mental health counselor, I have an EdS in School Counseling and worked in the Osceola County School System as a School Counselor for six years. While in the school system I served as a 504 coordinator, testing coordinator, Response to Intervention Coach and Families in Transition Liasion. I presented numerous workshops for school counselors and teachers and was recognized as Osceola Elementary School Counselor of the Year and Sunrise Elementary School Teacher of the Year in 2009. I am a member of the American Mental Health Counselor Association and the Florida Mental Health Counseling Association.
I emphasize developing a relationship with the client and working with them to explore their current struggles.
My therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. I have also completed Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and use this in my work with couples.
My style is active yet empathetic and caring. This process is about letting you explain your struggles and me listening while offering suggestions and guidance. It is important for me to earn your respect of emotions and to guide you in your challenges. If you are thinking about this for the first time, it takes a lot of courage to start this process, but believe me you will be grateful you did. For those that have been through this process, it takes a lot of courage to try again but I am determined to be an advocate for your happiness.
This is the focus of all I do. Your thoughts of coming to get help most likely have to do with a relationship or two that are in your life. And I view just about all the struggles of those that come see me in the context of relationships. I have over 15 years of counseling with many of those years helping couples, adults, teens and even small children. No person is an island and some of my purpose is to restore the relationships in your life.
Solution Focused Therapy
I have experience in most mental health challenges along with addiction. My focus is brief, solution focused sessions that give you practical ways to reduce symptoms and get back to where you want to be. While some struggles in your life may need some extended time most difficulties can be decreased in a few sessions.
Education/ Spirituality/ Nutrition and Exercise
While the processing of your struggles is important to me through thoroughly analyzing your situation I also use education towards your situation that helps you better understand how to cope better. Spirituality is something I grew up with and is an important part of my life. If it is for you also then we can discuss that, if it is not then I respect your position on this. I also emphasize nutrition and exercise in sessions due to me realizing how these directly affect mood, sleep and other behaviors. For those of who have experience in counseling I use cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing to reduce symptoms and increase coping skills.
Court Ordered Evaluations
If you have the need for a mental health or substance use evaluation I usually complete these in three sessions with recommendations following the evaluation. I have details at the office on prices and the process.
Getting back to “normal”
This is my goal. In our fast-paced society you need solutions that can alleviate symptoms quickly. While some symptoms may take time, we will create goals together in the first session to reduce negative feelings and get you back to your normal state of being! I look forward to meeting with you on this most important time in your journey of life