Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten*

One of my favorite movie lines is spoken by Melvin Udall (played by Jack Nicholson) who barges into his therapist’s waiting area and asks a room full of patients, 


“What if this is as good as it gets?!”​

Shirley A. Miller, M.S., L.M.F.T.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist CA#51069
Phone:  (805) 660-7743
​Email:  smiller552@gmail.com
More about me at www.shirleymillerlmft.com

Do you find yourself asking that same question?  Have you settled for an existence well below that
of your dreams?  Do you feel that change is out of your reach?  Have you fallen prey to believing the
​negative things you say to yourself?


It doesn't have to be this way.


Your DNA was gifted to you, a culmination of choices made by generations before.  Your parents made choices that determined where you lived, and to some extent, what you believed.  But at this moment in time, the choices are in your hands.  How will you take advantage of the opportunity to change the course of your life and those that depend on you?  Therapy can help you define and embrace who you are and who you can be.


Exciting developments in the science of neurobiology are showing that we can make physiological changes to our brains that impact persistent negative thought processes, depression and anxiety.  Therapy can help you develop a personalized tool kit so you can literally get out of the rut you’ve created in your neural pathways.


Natasha Bedingfield gets it right when she sings:

psychotherapists for individuals, couples, and families

Westlake Counseling Associates

Yes, the rest is still unwritten. 


I’d love to help you discover how you can write your story in a more meaningful, satisfying way.


I offer counseling for individuals, couples, and families, and work with a wide range of relational, emotional and behavioral issues.  In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, I provide a tailored and highly personalized approach to your individual needs to help you attain the personal growth for which you’re striving.


Areas of specialty include:

  • Therapy for Depression and Anxiety
  • Stress Management
  • Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Couples Counseling
  • Marriage Preparation
  • Work and Career Issues
  • Grief Counseling
  • Spiritual Growth or Conflict


For more information about how I may help you, please visit www.shirleymillerlmft.com.




* From “The Rest is Still Unwritten”, written by Danielle Brisebois, Natasha Bedingfield, Wayne Rodrigues.

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing