About sharon tan
Sharon Tan, PsyD
(Initial free phone consultation available)
Working together, we can make things better!
Sharon is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (Psy.D.) who specializes in working with children from birth to 5 years old and maternal mental health concerns. She is a clinician who holds the California endorsement as an Infant and Early Childhood Infant Mental Health specialist (click here to learn about what that means) and has sought postdoctoral training and experience to help little ones and their families. All behavior is communication, whatever the behavior challenge might be. Through therapy, we can uncover what underlying needs may be driving these behaviors and incorporate skills and parenting strategies to meet those needs. It is not uncommon to enlist the assistance of other professional disciplines on our team in the process!
Sharon hopes to build greater resilience in children by strengthening the parent-child relationship in a safe and nonjudgmental setting. The parent-child bond is central in helping the child develop and provides the necessary ingredients to help them thrive and successfully overcome challenges. Sharon will help to unpack “parenting failures” and turn them into ways to understand yourself and your child better.
Sharon also has a deep passion for supporting women or couples during the pregnancy and postpartum period. She has had maternal mental health trainings from Postpartum Support International, 2020 mom project and Maternal Mental Health NOW. Her part time work as a therapist in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at a local hospital also provides a lens for how stressful the transition into parenthood can be and how early developmental traumas can occur. Sharon works to understand the individual child as a whole person (physical, cognitive, developmental, social, psychological and spiritual) and is able to support children with complex medical, developmental and psychological needs. She often utilizes a play therapy approach in a family context. She works closely with parents as collaborators in the treatment process. She also hopes to empower and affirm parents as they balance the demands of parenting amidst the cultures’ demand to do more and be better.
As a clinician practicing in our Pasadena office, Sharon is a long way from home. She received her Bachelor of Psychology from the National University of Singapore and her Masters and Doctoral degrees from the Rosemead School of Psychology, BIOLA University. She obtained an Infant-Parent Mental Health Postgraduate Fellowship certificate from the University of Massachusetts. With almost 10 years as a licensed Psychologist, her experience is wide ranging, from intensive outpatient work with addictions to geriatrics, to a long tenure working with children and families in the community mental health setting. She is also sensitive to cultural and acculturation issues.
Sharon’s greatest accomplishment is being mom to two daughters. Outside the office, she is keeper of the house bunny, meal planner, frequent yelper of restaurants, wannabe blogger and would love to be a professional world traveler.
Infant Massage trained
Trained in the following evidence based treatments: Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Seeking Safety, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Familiar with the following evidence based treatments: Positive Parenting Program, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Gottman’s Bringing Baby Home Program