Sheela Shivaprasad, MSW, ASW

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Sheela Shivaprasad, MSW, ASW, is an Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW) who is currently obtaining hours towards becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2014, from San Diego State University, with an emphasis in clinical practice, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology, from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2009.

Sheela completed her first year internship at Jewish Family Services, providing crisis case management to Jewish, military, and homeless individuals, as well as working with the Jewish Family Services, Hand Up Youth Food Pantry, to assist individuals with connecting to community resources to achieve stability and independence. During her second year internship at Survivors of Torture, International, she worked with refugees and asylum seekers from Africa, the Middle East, Central and South America, and Eastern Europe, co-facilitating the Women’s Expressive Creativity Art Therapy Group and providing trauma informed care, to help survivors of torture find peace and integrate into a new society. Upon obtaining her Master’s Degree, Sheela continued her outpatient career at the Douglas Young Wellness Recovery Center, gaining experience working with individuals with mental illness including major depression, anxiety, co-occurring substance use disorders, personality disorders, bipolar disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, and schizophrenia. She served as the Lead Adolescent clinician providing prevention and intervention services to individuals of varying backgrounds.

Sheela has received specialized training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Supportive Therapy, Trauma Informed Care, Art Therapy, Anger Management, and individual, couples, and family therapy. Moreover, Sheela also implemented the Healthy Relationships group at the Douglas Young Clinic, that emphasizes mindfulness, acceptance, attention, affection, appreciation, and allowing, to improve relationships with the self and others.

Sheela is very enthusiastic and excited to work with the LGBTQI community and provides Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Gender Therapy to adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Sheela is also a kink/poly-friendly therapist and will provide unprejudiced support to all who walk through the door for therapy. She provides a genuine, empathic, and non-judgmental space to safely explore issues and challenges, to facilitate positive, lasting change. She will provide compassionate, understanding therapy, and work with you to take steps to be more effective and satisfied in your life, at a pace that works for you. Sheela is under the clinical supervision of Sue Boyd, LCSW, BCD.