Sharon Cushman, PhD

Sharon Cushman, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist  ·  PSY9061
415.507.0790 | www.DrSharonCushman.com/

Works With: Adolescents, Adults, Couples

Expertise:

  1. Building strength and resilience
  2. Life transitions, adolescence to adulthood
  3. Negative or self-destructive patterns
  4. Relationship concerns
  5. Anxiety, depression and post traumatic stress disorder
  6. Substance abuse and recovery issues
  7. Chronic Pain
  8. Hypnosis

Office Address

1010 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Suite 103
Kentfield, CA 94904

415.507.0790

APPROACH TO PRACTICE

Dr. Sharon Cushman is a licensed clinical psychologist who works with adults, couples and adolescents. She provides both short-term, goal-directed and long-term, insight-oriented psychotherapy. She uses a variety of techniques in interactive, collaborative sessions to help individuals determine and reach their goals. 

“I believe that everyone has the capacity to change and not be bound by past history and messages,” Dr. Cushman says. “Watching people grow and approach life and their relationships with more enjoyment and satisfaction is intensely gratifying for me.  After 25 years as a psychologist, I continue to look forward to the challenges and rewards in my private practice.”   

Dr. Cushman approaches each patient individually, looking at his/her needs and goals, being aware that they will evolve over time. 

BACKGROUND

Currently practicing in Marin and Solano Counties, Dr. Cushman has been in full time private practice since 1990.  She received her doctorate at California School of Professional Psychology, Berkeley, CA in 1983, completing her pre- and post-doctoral training at the Stanford Psychiatry Outpatient Department of Stanford University Hospital.  She has worked in hospitals, outpatient clinics, and juvenile court and was an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University, Irvine, CA. Dr. Cushman holds a certificate from the APA in the treatment of alcohol and other substance use disorders. 

Dr. Cushman is a member of the American Psychological Association, California Psychological Association, Marin County Psychological Association, American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis.

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Descriptions of Areas of Expertise

· Building Strength and Resilience

Dr. Cushman works with individuals to recognize their own strengths and virtues including their capacity for love, work, compassion, and creativity.

· Life Transitions, Adolescence to Adulthood

Dr. Cushman helps individuals navigate expected and unexpected adult life stages and transitions. She helps young adults move from college to job, and works with adults to develop and achieve career goals, balance work and family, cope with elderly parents, adjust to the loss of a spouse, an empty nest or retirement.

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· Negative or Self-Destructive Patterns

Dr. Cushman helps individuals recognize their self-destructive patterns and understand the source of their distress.  She then works to help free patients from these negative patterns.

· Relationship Concerns 

Dr. Cushman works with individuals and couples to increase intimacy and improve communication. She deals with parenting concerns, empty nest issues, and renewing the spark in long-term relationships.

· Anxiety, Depression, PTSD and Substance Abuse

Dr. Cushman assists her patients to effectively deal with anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorders, and eating disorders such as bulimia and overeating.  She also helps in early and ongoing recovery from substance abuse and with adult children of alcoholics.

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· Chronic Pain

Chronic unrelieved pain exacts a huge psychological and physical toll for patients and their families.  Dr. Cushman works with each person to develop strategies that work best for the patient, utilizing a variety of techniques.  [more information ...]

· Hypnosis

Hypnosis represents a state of attention which allows a more active and intense concentration.  This technique can be used to treat a variety of psychological and physical conditions.  Dr. Cushman has been trained in this area and with the patient’s understanding of hypnosis along with their consent, has found it to be a useful treatment tool.   

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