Shari Goettel

"I can say…in four simple words what Shari means to us…She saved our marriage! This did not happen over night, but through countless counseling sessions, over several years, with patient guidance, loving support and extraordinary skill…and we are forever grateful."Lori T

I enjoy working with couples. I am convinced using Intensive and mini Intensive sessions with couples gives them the best opportunity to experience and integrate deep, effective and more lasting transformative change. This change helps them behave and live differently with each other and in all their relationships!

The trainings and workshops I present draw from my background in Imago Relationship Therapy, Encounter-centered Couples Therapy, my teachers and mentors and Buddhist psychology. I enjoy creating a rich learning space in which people can explore new ideas, beliefs and habits.

As a teacher and guide, I enjoy supporting couples, therapists, and other professionals from a relational, integrative approach that facilitates the integration of personal development, skills and being present with oneself. I like to work in a warm interactive style with humor and create a welcoming space for couples, workshop participants and professionals to embrace their personal growth with enthusiasm and joy.

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I enjoy working and supporting and being a proud part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community. I have worked in a variety of organizations as a therapist, a manager and director. I've enjoyed all my experiences meeting, helping and learning from people around the world.


“Working with Shari has transformed my marriage and helped my husband and I in difficult times. She is so warm, welcoming and knowledgeable at what she does. We have been blessed to be on our healing journey with her.” Jillian B.

“I have been seeing Shari for years now. She guided me from being a workaholic that drifted between codependent relationships to living a balanced life and finding a healthy, loving relationship with a wonderful partner. She is truly adept at her job and makes you feel as if you are chatting with an old friend while she works with you. I have recommended her to multiple people and everyone I know who sees her loves her!” Joe P

"Shari has been my therapist during some of the darkest times of my life. Not only is she supportive but she coaches me to find strength within myself that I never knew was there. Shari is skilled in many different modalities and will help you find the path that works for you. If you work with Shari be prepared to give it your all!" Helen

“I sought help with Shari at a time in my life where I was feeling a lot of anger at people, at my self and at life in general. As the sessions began and the months passed, Shari was able to help me understand issues in my life that have been accumulating deep in me. She listens, she is focused and very patient. Her wise counsel has been invaluable to me. I now consider Shari a teacher, a "mentor" in my life.” Isabel

“Shari is one of the few professionals in her field who truly cares. She not only listens very well, but she also provides tools and techniques for you to choose to use to assist you throughout your journey. What I appreciate most about her is that she tells it like it is.” Cindy

“Seeking a peaceful mind in the middle of a chaotic world, I was guided to the most wonderful psychotherapist! In our journey together, she had a way of guiding me to find my own self and happiness within me. A complicated world became easier when she showed me to heal my own perceptions and find happiness in the present moment. Every session felt like gathering the shattered pieces or unfolding layers until my true self was revealed becoming WHOLE.... At the end of every session I walked out of her office with a sense of accomplishment, freedom and gratitude for the privilege of knowing a person like Shari.” Leticia