Janice Shapiro, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT CA Lic. #86051

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. 


Individual, Marriage, Family and Group Therapy 

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. In addition, I am a certified pet loss and bereavement counselor, specializing in pets and service dogs. I also recently earned my certificate in animal assisted psychotherapy (CAAP).

I am especially interested, trained and educated in the human-canine bond and the strong attachment that develops between the two. This understanding has helped me as a therapist in working with my human clients. 

Before becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist, I was a 4th grade classroom teacher. 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)