Dr. Shirley O. Kauffman , PhD, MFC
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Agoura Hills – Mon, Wed & Thu
Life isn’t always easy. Sometimes even the strongest people need a little bit of help to work through some of life’s more challenging problems. Everyone has battles to fight and hurdles to overcome at some point. Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, or another issue, there is hope for a better tomorrow. As your counselor, I will walk with you as you navigate difficult life transitions. Together we will identify patterns in your life and see how your thoughts and learned behaviors have impacted what you believe about yourself and how you can move forward toward your goals, with God’s help.
My Goal as a Christian Counselor
Depending on your needs and circumstances, my goals as your counselor include helping you:
- resolve the issues that led you to seek therapy
- discover new ways to solve your problems
- get unstuck from unhealthy patterns in your life
- find new ways to manage stress, anxiety, anger, depression, loss, or other emotional issues you may be dealing with
- improve your self-esteem
- boost your self-confidence
- learn to rely on the Lord and His strength
What I Offer in Christian Counseling
I offer a supportive, encouraging, relaxed environment for you to share the concerns and challenges you face. I will listen carefully to your unique circumstances and will help you gain insight, understanding, and perspective. My aim is to make difficult material as easy as possible so you can experience the healing you desire. Together we will develop a treatment plan to meet your needs so you can live a healthy, God-honoring life by His grace and strength.
My Approach to Christian Counseling
As a Christian practitioner, I understand the overlap that exists between spiritual and mental health challenges. Following your lead and level of comfort, I will help you integrate your faith into the steps you take to reach your goals. Through our sessions, my hope is that you will reach a place of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being.
Qualifications & Experience
I hold a PhD in Psychology from California Graduate Institute and a BA in Business Administration from California State University Fullerton. I am also a Certified Addictions-Informed Mental Health Professional, Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional, and Member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
My Call to Christian Counseling
I’ve had a heart for hurting children from a very young age. In high school I walked the Tortilla Marathon from Santa Barbara to Tijuana to raise money for kids living in the dumps. I discovered in my college years that hurting children turned into hurting adults, and I wanted to do something to help ease the struggle and give hope for the future.
I joined the Care Team at my church and took a course from the American Association of Christian Counselors and knew I wanted to focus my career in the field of Christian Counseling. As Christians, I believe we see the world differently and being able to incorporate that into sessions with clients has some of the greatest impact for change.
More About Me/On a Personal Note
I love to travel to new places and experience new people, cultures, and food. New restaurant experiences are one of my favorite things. I also enjoy cooking and I like trying new recipes at home. My newest hobby is sailing, and being with my family on our boat is one of my greatest pleasures.
Areas of Expertise / Specialties
- Couples Counseling
- Family Counseling
- Grief and Loss
- Individual Counseling
- Infidelity and Affairs
- Marriage Counseling
- Online Counseling
- Personal Development
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Premarital Counseling
- Psychological Testing
- Relationship Issues
- Sexual Abuse
- Spiritual Development
- Women’s Issues
Is anxiety taking over your life? Does it feel like you can’t control it no matter how hard you try? If so, I’m confident that Christian counseling for anxiety in Agoura Hills can help. I offer the effective forms of treatment to help you find lasting relief from anxiety.
Therapy can help you uncover the underlying causes of your worries and fears, learn how to relax, look at situations in a new, less frightening way, and develop better coping mechanisms and problem-solving skills. If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, I invite you to contact me today.
Do you feel like you’re not being heard by your partner? Or not appreciated? Are you dealing with an issue in your relationship related to a lack of faithfulness, money, parenting, your in-laws, or work? Whether you’re experiencing smaller issues or potentially relationship-breaking challenges, Christian couples therapy in Agoura Hills can help you feel valued, heard, and connected.
We provide a non-judgmental, supportive environment where you and your partner can express your individual wants and needs. We offer catered treatment plans using evidence-based techniques and therapies to build confidence, openness, and respect in your relationship. We’ll work together to improve your relationship with each other for the long-haul.
If you’re ready to experience lasting, positive change in your relationship, please contact me today for an appointment.
Are there tensions within your family? Do you feel like you’re not being heard? Are there significant underlying issues between your family members that need to be addressed? Challenges in the home can result in disagreements, disengagement, and even serious conflict.
Through Christian family counseling in Agoura Hills, you and your family can improve your relationships, creating authentic communication and respect in order to heal past or current emotional wounds. Christian family counseling can also help you and each member of your family could feel validated, heard, and better understood.
If you’re ready to experience renewed peace in your home, please contact us today for an appointment.
Do you suffer from anxiety or depression? Is low self-esteem adversely impacting your life, your happiness, or even your success? Do you feel generally stressed or angry? Would life be happier if you could stop those destructive thoughts and behaviors?
If so, you are not alone – and individual counseling in Agoura Hills may be the ideal treatment approach for you.
At Agoura Hills Christian Counseling, we aim to ease your suffering, improve your problems, and help you live a healthier, happier life. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for individual counseling.
Availability (by office location):
- Agoura Hills – Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
Fees: I offer a Risk-Free Initial Session for individuals, couples, and families looking to pursue counseling with me. Please note that there is a fee for the Risk-Free Initial Session as it is a clinical hour and reimbursable to most insurance companies, but if you choose not to reschedule and continue therapy after the initial session the entire fee for the session will be waived. For ongoing treatment the full fee per session is required at the time of service. For more information regarding standard session fees, please contact me directly at 818-631-6854 or [email protected]
Insurance: As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), most insurance companies will reimburse for a portion of my services (as an Out of Network Provider). Please consult with your insurance provider as to whether they specifically cover adolescents, individuals and couples.
Receipts/Statements: In the event you require a printed or digital receipt, I will provide receipts for personal use, insurance reimbursement, Flex Spending Accounts (FSA), and Health Savings Accounts (HSA).
Payment options: Cash, Check, or Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, & American Express). A fee of up to 2.97% plus $0.15 per transaction will be added for credit card payments.
Grief and Loss
Infidelity and Affairs