Acacia Spotlight looks to highlight the clinicians, staff, and programs that make Acacia what it is today. November’s clinician is Sheena Edmonds, LMFT.
Sheena is a La Verne, CA native who also claims Miami after spending time there during graduate school. She made her way back to California and joined Acacia’s Westwood team this past April. We’re happy to have her!
What do you enjoy most about being a clinician?
Sheena: I enjoy the variety that comes with being a clinician; each day is different and I really enjoy the challenge of having to be flexible in order to meet each person’s needs in the moment. I enjoy getting to know people and being able to help them work through various life stressors.
What is your therapeutic approach?
Sheena: I believe in having the client be in charge of his/her/their treatment. Therefore, my therapeutic approach is mostly Client-Centered. I take on a holistic/integrative approach to treatment and will use different treatment modalities (Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, or Cognitive-Behavioral therapy) depending on the needs of each client.
What really happens in therapy?
Sheena: Everything! Therapy is where people come face to face with the parts of themselves that are difficult to face. It is where people come to learn how to deal with their relationships in a different manner. It is where people come to vent about frustrations occurring in their lives. Therapy is where change happens; it is where growth happens.
So now I try to be as open and as collaborative as possible in my therapeutic relationships with my clients; I want them to have the experience that I didn’t.
Will you tell us an interesting or most memorable story from college?
Sheena: I don’t really remember a lot about college as it was the most difficult time in my life. College is the first time I sought therapy for myself after my younger sister passed away. It was at this time that I decided that I wanted to pursue a career as a therapist as I did not have a positive experience. So now I try to be as open and as collaborative as possible in my therapeutic relationships with my clients; I want them to have the experience that I didn’t.
What’s your favorite thing about Acacia?
Sheena: I like that Acacia is accessible to the population we serve, whether that is via video sessions or being within walking distance of the college campus.
Sheena’s empathy for others and her individualized treatment approach help make her the approachable and trusted therapist she is. Her drive to help clients have positive therapeutic experiences is admirable, and we are so thankful to have her on our team!
Stay tuned for more Acacia Clinician Spotlights! And check out Sheena’s bio on the Westwood page!
Authored (a lot) by Sheena Edmonds and (a little) by Danielle Sharkey.