Dr. Sherrie Campbell is a licensed psychologist based on Yorba Linda, CA whose emphasis on creating happiness stems from cultivating self-love and authenticity. She has almost two decades of experience working as a clinician and earned her Doctorate in 2003. Her knowledge of humanistic philosophy and professional work with couples and relationships have enabled her to offer a therapeutic and "coaching" approach to clients. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Campbell is the author of Loving Yourself: The Mastery of Being Your Own Person. In the following interview, Dr. Campbell shares her unique perspective and strategy for guiding individuals, couples, and groups towards creating their own happiness.
1. In your bio you say you incorporate humanistic philosophy in your clinical approach. What is humanistic philosophy and how has it helped you help your clients?
Humanistic philosophy is more open and less structured where therapists can use self-sharing as part of their approach in an effort to develop and “real” relationship with the patient. This takes the wall down and the mystery away from the therapist. It is more egalitarian and focused on solutions, coaching and a mutual relationship
2. How did your path to being a clinical psychologist and author begin? Working in a healing profession has been challenging and rewarding so what brought you to this path?
It began in my childhood. I have always been able to intuit people and patterns of behavior due to due having a difficult childhood. My intuitive skills became very attuned.
3. Are your mentoring with Sherrie sessions different from your therapy practice? If so, how?
My mentoring sessions are focused solely on loving yourself and setting boundaries. It is less about children, husbands or other issues. It all about learning to set boundaries and love yourself. My practice takes on every issue and is sometimes focused solely on solving immediate problems.
4. In addition to a busy practice and your writing, you are also a public speaker, what kinds of topics do you specialize in bringing to your audiences?
Women’s issues, workplace issues, spirituality, parenting, becoming resilient, and learning how to possess self-control
5. You have a program called How to Effectively Deal with Heartbreak. Could you please describe what skill sets are critical to healing from disappointment?
Using the no-contact rule so you can disconnect and heal, being proactive in building a new life and a new improved self, learning to let go when maybe you don’t want to and learning to accept life on life’s terms
6. Another product you have is on dealing with an impossible ex who is manipulating their kids in a post-breakup conflict. What experiences clinically helped you write this?
Personal experience and patient experience. I had step children poisoned to hate me by an ex-wife and they were also poisoned to hate their dad. I also help may men and women go through the court system and 730 evaluations. The kids are always in the middle and Parent Alienation is a deadly tool of weaponry
7. Could you define emotional mastery coming from a clinical psychologist angle and also a humanistic perspective?
Emotional Mastery is about learning to have self-control and to take care of your own business while still being able to love and accept others. Boundaries don’t always mean a lack of love for another as much as they mean you having more love for your self. Humanists believe in the humanity of all people while also being aware that not all people are in touch with their humanity
8. What is the difference between desperation in love and love without desperation from the vantage point of the individuals in a relationship?
If we are desperate we are needy and coming from a weakened sense of self where we depend upon our partner to provide us with a Self or an identity. This creates a whole host of emotional issues such as being controlling, jealous, insecure etc. Love without desperation means each person is centered in who they are and are both givers able to live with a balance of independence and interdependence
9. How can people spot crazy makers before they get involved with them and how do they deal with the ones they can't easily leave?
Sometimes this is really hard and unfortunately we often don’t get it until we are in it because they are master manipulators. My advice is to be awake and do not take anyone at face value. Let their actions more than their words prove to you who they are.
10. Do you have any special programs in the works for 2014 to bring your message and approach to living fully to more people?
For more information on Dr. Sherrie Campbell, please visit her website at: www.sherriecampbellphd.com