Sylvie P. Shuttleworth, PhD

Current Role

Sylvie P. Shuttleworth is a Full Professor in the Department of Counseling and Health Psychology at Bastyr University California. She also serves in the following roles:

  • Professor and Chair, Department of Counseling & Health Psychology
  • Program Director Masters in Counseling Psychology 
  • Director of Clinical Training Masters in Counseling Psychology 
  • Peer Counseling Coordinator 


  • PhD in clinical psychology from California School of Professional Psychology in 2005
  • MA in clinical psychology from California School of Professional Psychology
  • BA in psychology from University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Classes Taught

  • Therapeutic Alliance I
  • Therapeutic Alliance II
  • Multicultural Competency
  • Counseling Theories and Interventions I
  • Acceptance Commitment Therapy 
  • Counseling Theories and Interventions II
  • Motivational Interviewing 
  • Psychological Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Fundamentals of Counseling
  • Addictions Disorders
  • Relational Dynamics

Past Experience

Dr. Shuttleworth's previous positions include:
  • Senior Staff Psychologist, Coordinator of Practicum Training Program, Coordinator of Group Therapy Program, Coordinator of Outreach and Consultation at University of San Diego Counseling Center
  • Adolescent Therapist at Preuss Charter School at the University of California and Springall Academy
  • Alcohol & Other Substances Prevention Intervention Re-directive Effort Counselor at San Diego State University Counseling & Psychological Services
  • Counselor at Jary Barreto Crisis Center
  • Behavior Modification Therapist at Community Resources for People with Autism
  • Private practice providing individual counseling, diagnostic assessments, psycho-educational batteries, and expert witness work

She has also taught undergraduate and graduate psychology courses at the University of San Diego, San Diego City College, California School of Professional Psychology, and the University of Massachusetts.

Teaching/Research Interests

Dr. Shuttleworth's teaching and research interests include legal and ethical issues in mental health practice, the supervisory experience, evidence-based practice, attachment styles and coping strategies, therapeutic alliance, motivational interviewing and healthy relationship skills. Dr. Shuttleworth has published in peer reviewed journals, served as a book editor, worked within grant funded research, written book chapters, and presented at national and international conferences.

Teaching Philosophy

Dr. Shuttleworth believes that learning is a commitment to our personal and professional development. The educational space that we create welcomes experiences, ideas, questions, and challenges as part of our shared evolution as competent practitioners. Questions and opinions that are rooted in the search for knowledge, understanding, and the acquisition of skills to support your work are highly encouraged.

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