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Sheila Renaud-Finnegan


Credentials:Sheila Renaud-Finnegan

  • MSSW from Columbia University 1979
  • BA in Social Work from UNH in 1975
  • New Hampshire Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
  • Board Certified Clinical Social Worker
  • NASW Member, Clinical Committee


Sheila has had over 30 years of experience providing therapy in various settings to children, adults, families and couples. In addition to working part-time in the Counseling Center, Sheila is an adjunct faculty member in the Social Work Department. She worked in a group clinical practice in Manchester for 23 years and has worked in a solo practice in Concord since 2007. Sheila also provides supervision to social work candidates for licensure. She was the social work representative to the Board of Mental Health Practice for 6 years and served as the Board investigator for 4 years. Sheila started with Plymouth State University in 2008.

Counseling Approach and Areas of Specialization:

Sheila helps clients identify and utilize their strengths. She also looks at the systems the client is in and how they present their interactions with others. The importance of the person’s own view and working collaboratively with clients to identify problem areas and possible solutions is stressed. Sheila believes that getting to know clients and building a relationship and safe place to talk are important aspects of therapy. Some specific tools used may come from cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and relational therapy. She has specialized in childhood and adult trauma, life transitions and bereavement.


Sheila enjoys yoga, skiing, biking, hiking, gardening and any outdoor activity.

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