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You don't need to suffer forever

What is Depression?

If you look on Google you will find a couple top definitions for depression:​

  1. A mental condition characterized by feelings of severe despondency and dejection, typically also with feelings of inadequacy and guilt, often accompanied by lack of energy and disturbance of appetite and sleep.

  2. A mental health disorder characterized by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life.

While these are true, it is not that simple...

People often ask themselves, "why am I depressed?", "how did I get here?", "why can't I just snap out of it and get back to my life?","how can I stop being depressed?". Many people are very confused by depression and beat themselves up because they feel they shouldn't be depressed and they feel weak. 

The persistent feeling of sadness or loss of interest that characterizes major depression can lead to a range of behavioral and physical symptoms. These may include changes in sleep, appetite, energy level, concentration, daily behavior or self-esteem. Depression can also be associated with thoughts of suicide. Some of the most common symptoms of depression are listed below:

  • Mood: anxiety, apathy, general discontent, guilt, hopelessness, loss of interest, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, mood swings, or sadness

  • Behavioral: agitation, excessive crying, irritability, restlessness, or social isolation

  • Sleep: early awakening, excess sleepiness, insomnia, or restless sleep

  • Whole body: excessive hunger, fatigue, or loss of appetite

  • Cognitive: lack of concentration, slowness in activity, or thoughts of suicide

  • Weight: weight gain or weight loss

  • Also common: poor appetite or repeatedly going over thoughts

Read below to see how Shirley can help with depression.

"She has helped me cope and handle a myriad of subjects and serious mental health struggles. She is very knowledgeable and keeps up to date about new findings in her field; she really loves what she does. She listens extremely well, is compassionate, nonjudgmental, and has tissues at the ready for the really difficult subjects. I have grown so much and recommend her highly."

How can Shirley help?

For some people, Depression can hit hard and go away in a matter of days or weeks. For others, depression can last for months, years or even decades. Shirley specializes in helping people that can't get out of the grips of depression on their own.

If you are experiencing depression, Shirley can definitely help you. She been helping people for over 20 years and has many tools to offer such as Therapy & Counseling, Hypnotherapy, Sleep Therapy and Psychiatry.

If you want to regain control of your life and set on a new path, Shirley can work with you and help you establish the best tools that suit your needs.


Regarding her work with depression, Shirley wears many "hats" such as; Licensed Marriage and Family therapist (LMFT), Therapist, Counselor, Hypnotherapist, Sleep Specialist, Insomnia Specialist, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Professional and others. Also, people looking for a psychiatrist often don't realize that she can prescribe and help manage medication just like a psychiatrist. She can prescribe non-habit-forming antidepressants if needed. 

As a last resort, if medicine is still needed as a temporary aid, she can prescribe the best non-habit-forming sleep aid to assist the process.

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Why Shirley?

Shirley has an extremely unique combination of specialties that allow her to offer holistic and integrative solutions with or without medication. 

Over the last 25 years she has continuously educated herself to better serve her clients and as of 2020 she is in the process of getting certificated in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Some highlights about Shirley:

  • 5-Star top rated testimonials

  • Nearly 25 years experience

  • Is known for her warm and compassionate nature

  • Weekday Hours in Newport Beach & Weekend Hours in Seal Beach

  • She frequently attends workshops and conferences to stay up-to-date on scientific discoveries, new healing methods and best practices