Meet Shara Goudreau, Ph.D., LMHC-QS
Trauma, Anxiety, Self-Esteem & Certified EMDR Therapist for Women in Florida
You can feel more confident, calm, and connected to yourself and your relationships.
I work with women with a history of trauma who are struggling with anxiety and self-esteem to stop feeling empty and self-critical and to feel more confident, calm, and connected with themselves and their relationships.
I believe that safety and trust within the therapeutic relationship is paramount to the work and outcomes of therapy. My primary focus in the beginning stages of therapy is to create a warm and secure space that allows us to build that trust and safety.
To help build this trust, I lift the therapist curtain and show up authentically and as a person. I work hard to build a connection person-to-person, to fully hear and to see you. My goal is to understand your lived experiences from your lens. I will always meet you where you are with kindness, compassion, and respect.
Secondly, I believe that you have the innate ability to work towards your greatest potential. My role as a counselor is to help you find solutions that align with your dreams and to build trust and confidence in yourself.
How I Work
This is your space to finally let down the armor and allow yourself to be truly seen.
The coping skills that once served you aren’t working as well as they used to. I believe you are doing the best you can, but you feel stuck and you aren’t sure how to move forward.
Let me help. My extensive education and training have provided me with effective tools such as EMDR and Ego States therapy, to help you overcome the challenges you are facing with trauma, anxiety, and self-esteem.
You deserve to feel heard and to seek treatment from a counselor with the expertise to support you in your healing journey.
Client’s describe me as safe, validating, and supportive. I work hard to build and maintain a strong working alliance where clients are encouraged to be fully seen, respected, and valued.
Shara Goudreau, Ph.D.
LMHC-QS, NCC, CCMHC
Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision with an emphasis in Leadership, University of the Cumberlands (2019)
M.S. Applied Psychology and Counseling, Lynn University (2012)
B.A. Journalism, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2002)
American Counseling Association (ACA)
Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA)
Florida Counseling Association (FCA)
Public Awareness Committee Chair 2021-2022,
Technology Committee Chair 2022-present
Florida Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (FACES)
National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES) 2019
Goudreau, S.B. (2013). Bronfenbrenner’s Bioecological Systems Theory. In D. Ainbinder & S. Unger (Eds.), Dialogues of self and society level 100 (1st ed). Boca Raton, FL: Lynn University.
Goudreau, S.B. (2016). Transitioning from high school to college: An interactive workbook to enhance students’ executive function skills. Boca Raton, FL: Lynn University.
Goudreau, S.B., & Knight, M. (2015). Executive function coaching: Assisting with transitioning from secondary to postsecondary education. Journal of Attention Disorders, 4, 379-387. https://doi.org/10.
Goudreau, S.B., & Knight, M. (2016). Executive function coaching as a tool for transition to college for students with executive function deficits. ADHD Report, 24(5), 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1521/adhd.2016.24.5.1
Goudreau, S.B., & Knight, M. (2016). Executive function coaching as a tool for transition to college for students with executive function deficits. ADHD Report. [One time reprint granted to The Community School Monthly Newsletter (December, 2016)].
Harrison, M., Lofties, E. & Goudreau, S. (2020). Counseling for diverse and vulnerable populations. In Todd, S., Mikolon, T. & Perez, D. (Eds.), Synchronous Online Counseling and Supervision in the 21st Century. Cognella Publishing.
Marold, E. & Goudreau, S.B. (2013). The sociological perspective. In D. Ainbinder & S. Unger (eds.), Dialogues of self and society level 100 (1st ed.). Boca Raton, FL: Lynn University.
Unger, S., Simpson, C., & Goudreau, S. (2014) iPad Mini Revolution at Lynn University: A faculty perspective. Long Island Education Review. 13:1.
Assistant Managing Editor, Journal of Individual Psychology
Assist the managing editor with the design, plan, and implementation of editing projects for the quarterly publication.
PEER REVIEWED PRESENTATIONS
Goudreau, S.B. (2021). Supervision Training and Supervisor Self-Efficacy: A Correlational Study of Self-Efficacy Predictors. Dissertation selected for presentation at the first annual Research Symposium at The University of the Cumberlands.
Ingegno, M., Ainbinder, D., Riedel, R., Cooper, M., Goudreau, S., Stern, D. (2012). An evaluation of the impact of the N.O.P.E. (Narcotics Overdose Prevention Education) presentations. Presentation given at the Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA) 58th Annual Conference.
Simpson, C., Unger, S. Goudreau S. & Allen, D. (2015). Maximizing benefits of hybrid courses. Presentation given at the International Organization of Social Sciences.
Simpson, C., Goudreau, S., Allen, D., & Unger, S. (2014) Communication trends: Communication in hybrid courses. Presentation given at the Florida Communication Association 85th Annual Convention
Simpson, C. Goudreau, S., & Unger, S. (2013). Integrating iPads in the classroom. Presentation given at the Florida Communication Association 84th Annual Convention
Unger, S., Goudreau, S, Lecher, A., & Simpson, C. (2018). Engaging, personalized, and virtual: How students thrive in blended courses. Presentation given at the Palm Beach Schools Technology Conference.
It’s time to take care of you.
Did you know that most therapy outcomes are tied to the therapeutic relationship between the client and the counselor? It makes sense- if you don’t feel comfortable with your therapist then it will be challenging to build that trust and feel safe to do the hard work. Safety and security are paramount in the working alliance and it takes time to build that trust. These guiding principles inform my practice and work with clients.
Creating a warm, safe, and non-judgmental space that encourages personal growth.
Modeling healthy boundaries, consistency, and authenticity to build trust.
Remaining honest and open in the work we do together.
Working together to find the solutions that work best for you.
Believing, seeing, and treating you as a person of dignity.
Encouraging and supporting you through your healing journey.
Methods / How I Work
I use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to help you heal from distressing memories and events thus allowing you to live more fully in the present.
I incorporate Ego State Therapy throughout the course of treatment to help you better understand your personality, feel more empowered to manage your emotions, and develop healthy self-esteem.
CBT & Mindfulness
I integrate various CBT models such as ACT and DBT to help you better understand your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. I weave in the practice of mindfulness to help you feel grounded and effective putting the coping and interpersonal skills learned in therapy outside of sessions.
When we are truly seen and valued for who we are there are no limits to what we can achieve.
I believe that you are the expert on your life and I am here as a support and facilitator. I believe it’s important to empower you to make decisions about your life and your treatment in therapy. As your counselor, I will encourage and support you to explore the resources, answers, and strengths within to develop the goals and solutions that work best for you.
I believe that you have the innate ability to work towards your greatest potential. My role as a counselor is to help you find solutions that align with your dreams and to build trust and confidence in yourself. Reach out today, your infinite potential awaits.