As the daughter of two psychotherapists, I grew up with the language and theories of psychology running through my blood. As a young girl, I vacillated between dreaming about one day being either a writer, a therapist, or a midwife. Having found the confluence of these three arts through writing about and spiritually midwifing people through life’s transitions, including the transtion of transforming anxiety, self-doubt, and depression to serenity, self-trust, and joy, I feel deeply blessed to be living in the heart of my calling.

While my writing and counseling work have primarily focused on the specific transitions of getting married and becoming a mother, in recent years I have felt called to broaden my practice to include the transition of life in all its beauty and complexity. For whether we’re on the verge of leaping into marriage, getting a divorce, suffering through anxiety or depression, struggling with an addiction, or birthing a new identity as a mother, we find the same issues of self-trust, the fear of loss/death, and control appearing again and again. The story line may change, but the seeker quickly finds that the areas that need attention reappear at deeper layers of the spiral on life’s journey.

I draw upon many modalities to create a powerful framework through which I can assist clients in finding their own voice, exploring the stories and beliefs that interfere with hearing this voice, confronting their need to control and the perpetual practice of learning to surrender, and guiding them as they make their way through life’s challenges and joys. My two decades of working with clients in transition combined with my years of a loving marriage (not without continual consciousness and hard work!) and the privilege/challenge of being a mother have solidified my firm belief that, while guides are often necessary to help us find our way through the labyrinths, no one outside of ourselves has the answers. In fact, I believe that, whether we’re talking about parenting, marriage, or anxiety, there are no definite answers; there’s only the process of discovering what’s right for you.

In 1997, I graduated from Pacifica Graduate Institute, a depth psychology program founded upon the teachings of Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung, James Hillman, and the study of dreams, archetypes, myths, and the myriad ways that the unconscious manifests in daily and nightly life. As a writer, poet, and epic dreamer, I encourage my clients to explore their own creative outlets as pathways for connecting to their highest selves and finding their own truths.

In 1999, I launched my unique business, Conscious Weddings, and a year later published my first book, The Conscious Bride, which broke the taboo of discussing the underbelly of the wedding transition. In 2003, my second book, The Conscious Bride’s Wedding Planner, was published, and in 2004, I began working with impending and new mothers through Conscious Motherhood.

Since 1999, my work evolved away from specific transitions to include the broad transition of life. Through my work with Conscious Transitions, I have counseled thousands of people worldwide through my private practice, my bestselling books, my Home Study Programs and my website. I have appeared several times on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, as well as on “Good Morning America” and other top media shows and publications around the globe.

To sign up for my free 78-page eBook, “Conscious Transitions: The 7 Most Common (and Traumatic) Life Changes“, visit my Home page.

10 comments to About

  • Dear Sheryl, Love you concept and your work! Kudos1 You are the one the world has been waiting for.
    In joy,
    Carrie S. Jacobs

  • Hello Sheryl,
    Your work is wonderful, beautiful and oh so essential! I found your link through our Slow Family Living site. We are grateful for the link and for the work you are doing. Keep up the good work!


    • Thank you, Bernadette. I feel the same way about your work and it seems that our work is closely aligned and complementary. It’s exciting to me that the world – with people like you at the forefront – is, perhaps, recognizing that we’re moving too quickly and that a return to a slower pace is essential for global health and harmony.

  • Natalie

    Hi Sheryl,

    Thank you so much for all your work. I recently got engaged and have been dealing with a lot of emotions. Watching your videos and reading your blog has made me feel better about my feelings. Keep up the good work!

  • I’m so glad you found your way here, Natalie!

  • Kristen

    Is it possible for me to struggle with relationship anxiety when I don’t struggle with any other type of anxiety? Or is all of this just my instinct telling me I’m in the wrong relationship even though he’s a great guy.

    • Helen


      You are not alone.. i’m in the same boat .. i have very little anxiety in the rest of my life but when it comes to relationships.. all bets are off.

      I wonder if it’s because in a relationship requires us to put our hearts in someone else’s hands ?

  • […] gets engaged or on her 30th wedding anniversary. It happens to men too, but it’s not as common.  Sheryl Paul is an accomplished counselor who specializes in life transitions with women.  Her writings in the […]

  • CLG

    Hello Sheryl. I am now working on the break free from relathionship anxiety course. And i just enter the physical realm section. I wonder if you have ever had some one working shift ?
    i work rotating shift work, night, day, afternoon and almost never get enough good sleep. Have you any experience from that, I’m thinking about changing job, and that i might help me some with regular routine ?

    best regards: CLG

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