Sylvia’s Bio

Sylvia Flanagan Licensed TherapistI am a San Diego native and had the great opportunity to grow up at the beach. I went to college right after high school and gladly adopted the “career student” title and obtained two Bachelor’s degrees and two minor degrees. I moved to the East Coast for a short period of time after graduating and worked at Harvard Book Store on Massachusetts Avenue which was a great experience.  I then went overseas to Japan and taught English as a Second Language for a year and a half. Upon returning from Japan, I was searching for a permanent career which would allow me to utilize my passions. I had undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and Comparative Religions and minor degrees in Psychology and Sociology.  After investigating the field of Counseling, I knew it was a good fit and that I wanted to be a therapist.

I applied to the University of San Diego and was accepted into their Master’s program for Marriage & Family Therapy. After graduating from USD in 1999, I worked on accruing the required 3000 hours of experience needed to test for licensure as a Marriage & Family Therapist with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. I gained my 3000 hours experience as an intern in private practice and as a therapist at Scripps Mercy Hospital. When I became a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (MFC 43147) I expanded my practice and moved to my current Mission Valley office.

I find the field of counseling a rewarding profession as I’m able to use all my educational and life experiences in varying degrees. It’s one of the only fields where life in and out of the office isn’t divided. I love my profession and appreciate my clients and all the hard work they do to make their lives and relationships better.

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I offer individual counseling, couples therapy and premarital counseling. The issues I work with are diverse and range from problems arising from sudden circumstantial changes to long standing and complex struggles. My approach to counseling is varied since individual needs and circumstances inform the methods I use. I don’t approach any two people the same and personalize my methods for each situation and client. Click the button below to book a session and we can begin your journey to rediscovery.


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