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Sheila Pharris

Sheila Pharris

Recovery Counselor

Sheila has spent the past 23 years working on her recovery. After spending a year working on getting herself right and free from her addiction, she spent 20 years as a photographer. She worked in various studios, eventually starting her own business working with preschoolers. Sheila realized that she wanted to do more than make beautiful pictures; she wanted to help create beautiful experiences, specifically for women struggling with addiction, co-dependency, and domestic violence. She made the decision to become a certified addiction counselor. Sheila graduated from the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals. During her time at CCAPP, Sheila was hired by one of her professors as a mentor for Volunteers of America Mather Campus in Sacramento, working with at-risk youth ages 18–25 who were formerly in foster care and transitioning them into society believing they could do and be whomever they choose to be, no matter what their circumstances. Sheila was then offered a position as a counselor at another treatment center in Ukiah. That led her to Avery Lane and to continuing her education to earn a bachelor’s degree in addiction studies.

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