Sharon has over 20 years of experience treating addictions and related disorders. She obtained a Bachelor of Social Work from Mansfield University in 1987 and has had extensive training in mental health and substance use disorders over the past 20 years. She specializes in using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Reality Therapy and Gestalt Therapy treatment with those who are suffering with the profound interactions of substance use disorders and contributing emotional and psychological factors. She is able to treat individuals in a comprehensive and integrated fashion. She has worked for Genesis House Outpatient for the past 20 years as a substance use disorder therapist and has held the position of Lead Counselor for 6 years, and is now the Training Director. Sharon has helped many recipients of treatment at Genesis House redirect their lives and enjoy the rewards of sobriety. She has been instrumental in helping couples get their relationships back on track and learn effective communication skills to resolve conflicts in a non-confrontational manner.
In addition to the past 20 years in the field of substance use disorders, she has worked as a Residential Supervisor in a therapeutic group home for girls at Jane Egenton House in Baltimore, MD for 5 years and other counseling positions for adolescents in the inner city of Baltimore, MD from 1987 to 1997. During her years in residential and substance use counseling, she routinely showed the ability to compose strikingly insightful and right-on-target bio-psychosocial assessments for the population she served. She is very capable and creative in forming treatment plans for her clients and understands the importance of forming measurable behavioral goals that have helped her clients realize success: many for the first time. Others that have been around her have also witnessed the expertise of Ms. Todd treating her clients fairly and equally, while still recognizing their individuality and unique talents and challenges.
One quality admired most by others is her ability to speak directly to what she sees in her client’s behavior yet do so respectfully and from a strengths perspective. She seems to bring out the best in her clients through not only nurturing and supporting them, but also by holding them accountable and challenging them to realize their highest potential.
Sharon is a 57 year old, single, black female that is very family oriented and very involved with her church, Antioch Baptist Church, in Williamsport, PA. She is very community centered and is involved in a great deal of outreach programs that her church organizes. She is the youngest of 4, and she grew up in the city of Williamsport enjoying many physical activities. She has played Basketball, Softball and other organized sports at the junior and high school level and participates in a mentoring program for youth through Child Guidance Services.