Sharmaine Cardenas, ACSW
(408) 628-0532-main office
(408) 548-7546-direct line
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Associate Clinical Social Worker, # 97169
Supervised by Ingrid Higgins, LMFT and
Tricia Peterson, LMFT
Sharmaine Cardenas is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. Sharmaine graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Masters in Social Work. She completed her undergraduate work also with California State University, Northridge earning a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Justice and Social Welfare. Prior to her registration as an associate clinician, she worked from 2017-2018 as a Registered Behavioral Technician for youth on the Autism Spectrum. She did volunteer work for several non-profits serving children from 2015-2017. From 2018-2019 she also worked as a Psychiatric Social Worker Intern for Los Angeles Unified School District and from 2019-2020 she took on a Social Work role with both Kaiser Permanente and Healthcare Partners (later Optum Care).
Sharmaine is bicultural, Southeast Asian and Latinx. Her diversity and cultural awareness allows her to easily connect with people from many different backgrounds.
Sharmaine has experience working with individuals who have experienced varying degrees of trauma and is able to work with a variety of issues including: depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, self-injuring behaviors, family problems, grief and loss, and support families with life skills in managing Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is passionate about helping navigate youth and their families towards a path of healing and fulfillment.
Sharmaine’s therapeutic style is integrative, she draws from different disciplines to provide clients with a customizable treatment plan that is unique as the individual who comes in seeking her help wholeheartedly. She draws heavily from Family Systems Theory, Solution-Focused methods, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She keeps a person first, language and strengths-based perspective while holding space in a way that is safe and full of cultural humility when providing services. She incorporates mindfulness, meditation, and empathy and works hard to match a therapeutic style to the needs of her clients.
In her free time, Sharmaine enjoys gardening, reading, and trying new foods.