About Sharyn Pinney

Sharyn Pinney graduated in 1973 from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in journalism and sociology. In 1974, Sharyn earned her MSW in direct practice of clinical social work from the Graduate School of Social Work at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

Sharyn's training at Tulane was in traditional psycho-dynamic pscyhotherapy. Sharyn also participated in an innovative multi-disciplinary team approach to evaluating and treating children 0-6 years. This was a collaborative pilot program with LSU Child Psychiatry which included child psychiatry, pediatrics, pediatric neurology, clinical psychology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, audiology, and clinical social work (individual play therapy, group and family therapy).

 

Her first five years post-graduate school were spent at The Oaks Unit of the Brown Schools in Austin, Texas, a long-term residential treatment center for children and adolescents. The center was staffed with Menninger trained psychiatrists, and again Sharyn had the privilege of working collaboratively with a distinguished team of professionals: child psychiatry, clinical psychologists providing testing, educational diagnosticians, classroom teachers, milieu/behavioral intervention specialists, and recreational therapists to provide a comprehensive understanding and sophistic treatment intervention for all the children in care.

 

These experiences shaped Sharyn's therapuetic philosophy of multi-dimensional collaboration with other professionals and thoughtful assessment prior to charting a treatment course together. Mrs. Pinney has always worked closely with other professionals and she values the contributions of medicine in psychotherapeutic work.