Janice Shapiro, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Individual, Couple, Family and Group Therapy 

About Janice

I am a mother of one adult son and married. I have two adult stepchildren who lived with us half the time when they were growing up. Even with all the personal and professional experience I have with families, couples and individuals, I continue to learn and grow from you, my clients. I am passionate about my job, because I believe that emotionally healthy families contribute to a vibrant society. That is why I enjoy working with individuals who come from families, make families and are influenced by families. 


I earned my Masters in Clinical Psychology from John F. Kennedy University. I have worked as a clinician for ten years in Santa Clara County. I am also a certified pet loss and bereavement counselor, specializing in pets and service dogs.

I am especially interested, trained and educated in the human-canine bond and the strong attachment that develops between the two. This mutual bond of love is so pure, when we lose our dog it is sometimes too devastating to bear. Whether it's loss through death, theft, runaway/lost or your service dog has to retire and be re-homed, I offer help and guidance through this terrible period of grief.

Before becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist, I was a classroom teacher in San Jose for many years. As a teacher, I saw the need to work with and understand the entire family in order to be effective with each of my students. If family is to be the foundation of our society, then a healthy family is synonymous with a healthy society. 

My professional memberships include: 

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and presently serving as a member of the Continuing Education Approval Committee. 
  • Santa Clara Valley CAMFT of which I served on the board as Director of Continuing Education Operations, 2016-2017
  • The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB)


  • Certified Pet Loss and Bereavement Counselor
  • Certificate of Education in Animal Assisted Psychotherapy (CAAP)