For four decades, I have provided psychotherapy to individuals, couples, families, and groups, as well as supervision and consultation to mental health professionals. Drawing from a wide range of therapeutic models, I use a comprehensive approach to address the concerns of diverse clients.
My foremost goals are to create a safe context for individuals to explore their hopes and concerns, and to collaborate with clients to promote their desired change and growth. Since everyone is unique, therapy unfolds at its own pace, guided by the concerns and resources of each client.
I have taught family and group therapy to graduate psychology students at institutions such as John F. Kennedy University, Saybrook Institute,
and California State University, East Bay. I have also taught continuing education courses on depth psychotherapy at The Psychotherapy Institute, the University of California at Berkeley Extension, and via retreats sponsored by the Existential Humanistic Institute.
|"I have known Jeff Sharp for many years and consider him an exceedingly knowledgeable and effective group and individual therapist."
Irvin Yalom, M.D.
My research on training and mentoring psychotherapists has been presented at the American Psychological Association (APA) national conference and at professional training retreats. In addition, I have supervised psychotherapists and interns at The Psychotherapy Institute, Clinica de la Raza, La Familia, and the Fremont Youth and Family Counseling Center, and I have helped to develop clinical training programs at local clinics.
My work is informed by years of training at the Existential Humanistic Institute, The Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and The San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group (previously the Mt. Zion Psychotherapy Research Group). As an undergraduate I was fortunate to be mentored by Henri Nouwen, an inspiring professor who helped me to take seriously my dreams and aspirations while making peace with my vulnerabilities and shortcomings. Later, I trained and closely collaborated with Jim Bugental and Irv Yalom, two gifted therapists, scholars, and inspiring mentors.
I have a B.A. in Psychology from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from U.C. Berkeley. I was initially licensed as a Marriage and Family Counselor in 1983, and as a Psychologist in 1993. My academic background and extensive clinical training - along with what wisdom and humility I've gained from being married and raising a family for over forty years - have helped me develop expertise in working with diverse individuals who confront a wide range of problems.
American Psychological Association
Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society
The Psychotherapy Institute