Shaunna J. Murtha

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCS28105
Phone: 925-372-6630, ext. 28
Email: smurtha@alhambravalleycounseling.com

Shaunna has over 23 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Each individual/family that Shaunna works with is unique and thus the services provided to those individuals/families are tailored to their specific needs and goals. Shaunna has a strong belief that everyone is a life long learner on a journey to grow and change over time. As such, Shaunna has had training in a variety of topics from serving Native American families, trauma in First Responders, attachment, play therapy, parent/child interaction and more. Among Shaunna's areas of expertise are Infant-Child Mental Health with children 0-5, school-age children, adolescents and serving first responders (i.e. Law Enforcement, Fire fighters, Child Welfare Staff, EMTs, etc). She is trained in family crisis mediation, child development, trauma and can provide parent coaching utilizing these techniques. Shaunna also incorporates the use of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in order to support individuals/families in progressing toward their goals. Shaunna is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and EMDR International Association (EMDRIA).

In addition to being a Solution Focused therapist, Shaunna provides numerous training/workshops for clinicians, first responders, school district staff, foster youth, care givers and parents. Multiple times a month, Shaunna provides training for Child Welfare Staff in the 12 Bay Area counties. She has presented on the topics such as positive parenting, attachment & bonding, effects of trauma on children/youth, child development, improving communication techniques within a family, best practices in serving LGBTQI youth, Values & Ethics in Child Welfare, collaborative practice strategies, and Safety Organized Practice (SOP). Shaunna also provides coaching and professional development training to Child Welfare staff.

Shaunna is an interactive therapist who partners with the individuals and families she serves. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback as well as strategies to partner with individuals and families effectively address personal life challenges. With compassion and understanding, she works with each person to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

When working with children & adolescents, Shaunna utilizes dynamic approaches such as "Walk and Talks" (walking around the block) as teenagers typically communicate more fluidly if they are shoulder to shoulder versus facing the adult they are talking with, art (expressive) therapy and talk therapy. An imperative component of a child/adolescent's therapeutic services are the youth's caregiver. Shaunna works with the family to ensure the best possible outcome of treatment can be achieved.

Shaunna is available for a 15 minute, free phone consultation if you are exploring the idea of starting therapy, want to talk about your specific challenges and to determine Shaunna is the right person for you to work with, please call 925-917-1112.

A little more information:

Populations Served:

  • Foster Youth & Care Givers (i.e. Birth parents, foster/resource parents, relative care givers, adoptive parents, etc)
  • Youth/Adults on Probation/Parole
  • Children, Youth, Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Couples (married, dating, engaged, straight, same sex, poly, etc)
  • Families
  • First Responders (i.e. Law Enforcement, Fire, Military-Active Duty & Vets, EMTs, Emergency Room Staff, etc)
  • LGBTQ Individuals & their families (including gender fluid, pansexual, two-spirited, etc)

Education/Training:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Sonoma State University
  • Masters of Social Work, San Jose State University
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCS 28105)
  • Infant-Child Mental Health
  • Touchpoints
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • FAP Risk Assessments/Working with LGBTQI Youth and Families
  • Eye-Movement Desensitization & Re-processing (EMDR)
  • Trauma in First Responders (i.e. Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters, EMTs, Emergency Room Staff, Child Welfare Staff, etc)
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Secondary Trauma Training

Treatment Specializations:

  • Individual Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Co-Parenting Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Parent Coaching on a wide range of parenting issues
  • Adjustment Issues
  • Re-Entry/Transition (from incarceration)
  • Grief & Loss
  • Sex, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & Expression (SSOGIE)
  • Profession Specific Treatment (i.e. First Responders, Secondary Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, etc)
  • Training/Consulting on variety of topcis (i.e. Trauma, Strengths Based Practice, Best Practices in serving LGBTQI Youth
  • Clinical Supervision & Training

Fees:

During our initial consultation(s), a session fee will be set as well as a payment schedule. Unless we make other arrangements, payment by cash, check or credit card is due at the end of each session.

Insurance:

Shaunna accepts Contra Costa Health Plan (CCHP), Victims of Crime (VOC) funding, MHN and will be accepting Magellan after July 2017. If you have other insurance, I am happy to provide a monthly statement to you for submission to your insurance company for any eligible reimbursement for non-preferred providers.