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Meet the Therapists

Elizabeth Gottfred MA, LMFT

Practicing since 2008, Liz is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (License #LMFT 85609) whose clinical focus is in work with adolescents, adults, families and groups. Liz completed her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Forensic Psychology and has clinical experience ranging from students in school settings to law enforcement officers in post critical-incident debriefings.

Liz incorporates humor with genuine compassion to establish an authentic connection to her clients. She specializes in treatment of anxiety/stress, depression, self-harm, adolescent issues, parenting skills, and drug and alcohol abuse prevention. Liz uses a family-systems perspective to understand the clients’ unique life context. As a parent, Liz understands the dynamics of working within family systems and how important incorporating multiple family members can be to facilitate positive outcomes.

Liz was born and raised in the Tri-Valley Area and feels especially committed to providing quality mental health services to the members of this community.

Jamie Schellenberg MS, LMFT, Author

Jamie holds a Master’s degree in Counseling and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Lic #95961) and a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice. Jamie offers a relaxed and comfortable environment, while integrating a variety of approaches to collaborate with and help her clients, depending on their individual needs. Jamie’s orientation derives from a strength-based perspective involving genuine acceptance and compassion.

Jamie has an intimate understanding in the area of grief and loss and recognizes the impact grief can have on the individual, the family system and those within the community. She has experience facilitating support groups and leading workshops related to grief and loss. In addition, she is a veteran and a mother. She focuses on a wide range of issues, to include parenting skills, support for law enforcement families, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, critical incident crisis management and familial concerns.

Jamie has been a competitive athlete for over 20 years. She understands the stress and pressure young athletes can experience, both internally and externally. As difficult as this can be, there are strategies to help alleviate these overwhelming feelings and Jamie is happy to collaborate with athletes and facilitate a reconnection to your strengths!

Jamie works with children, adolescents, adults and families while also offering a variety of support groups. Please inquire for further information.


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Professional Associations & Certifications:

California Associations of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)

East Bay Chapter CAMFT

Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC)

International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) Certification in Critical Incident Stress Management

Michele Shimamura MS, LMFT

Michele is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in grief recovery for adults. She has been providing grief support since 2001. She graduated with honors from Golden Gate University in 2000 with a MS in Counseling Psychology. She provides individual grief support in a safe/supportive yet compassionate and informal environment for all loss experiences such as death, divorce, job loss, suicide, and other tragic losses, anxiety, guilt, loneliness, depression, lack of appetite and loss of focus. One of her passions is pet loss; companion animals often form strong bonds with human beings, and they are family members in so many ways.

Grief is a normal and human response to loss. It can be shocking and overwhelming. Michele helps clients to process grief in healthy ways, to make sense of loss, to find ways to honor grief, to create a “new” normal and to move forward with life. Michele uses a variety of treatment modalities emphasizing cognitive-behavioral.

People ask her why she chose grief support as a profession and her response is, “ Every day, I get to listen people talk about how much they loved someone.” A person may die, but love goes on and on.