Sharlene Hanaway, LMFT has worked in the mental health field since 1990. She has a breadth of experience and knowledge working with children, teens, couples, and families in county-based services environments and in private practice. Ms. Hanaway has extensive experience working with youth who have been victims of many types of trauma—when she worked for the Department of Defense as a Military Family Life Consultant, she conducted therapy with children from one to five years old as well as with their families. Many of the families were dealing with deployment issues including combat trauma, extended absences, and sometimes death. Couple’s therapy is of special interest to her, and she also conducts divorce mediation and facilitates reunification therapy and parenting groups. She received her certification as a Family Law Mediator from the Lennon Mediation Center in Northern California.
Ms. Hanaway has substantial forensic experience performing psychological evaluations of inmates and working with their families in individual and group therapy at Martinez Detention Facility. She also did research and co-wrote a manual for incoming mental health professionals adjusting to working in a correctional setting.
Prior to receiving her LMFT license, Ms. Hanaway was a special education teacher specializing in working with seriously emotionally disturbed students. She also provides psychological testing services for all ages.