Staff Bios

Shari Murray

MSW / Transition Coach

Shari Murray

Shari Murray
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Shari received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and then a Master’s of Social Work from Western Michigan University. Over the years, she has broadened her skills by earning several professional coaching certifications, including one in Youth, Parent & Family Coaching from the World Coach Institute. She is currently finishing up her coursework for a second Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University.

Shari has experience working with adults, teens and families in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. She approaches families with a unique perspective and an appreciation for the realities of living day-by-day with a child who does not always respond in conventional ways. Shari coaches families to set and work towards their goals with a practical style that is free from judgment, full of empathy, compassion, flexibility, creativity and a dose of good humor.

Having a son who was diagnosed with Autism at age two, Shari brings a compassionate, intentional and personal perspective to the work she does with students and their families.

Shari has been married to her college sweetheart for over 20 years. They have two teenage children and live in Michigan. Shari enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, being outside, listening to music, watching HGTV, golfing, traveling, and making jewelry. Outside of work and home, Shari is a Board member for the charity Homes for Autism, and volunteers with her daughter’s marching band and with a teen mentoring program.

Let me share a middle school story…

“I loved middle school! Having gone to two different elementary schools in our town, when it was time to start middle school, I ended up knowing a lot of my classmates. Some unusual funding circumstances took place in our school district and I ended up spending all six hours in our school day with the same group of students. Luckily for me, they happened to be a close group of my friends! My favorite memory of 7th grade is the day that we pulled a prank on Mrs. Azimi, our Social Studies teacher. She was a wonderful teacher who loved to have fun and apparently enjoyed a good joke! One day when she was called away from the classroom, we took all the desks outside and essentially set up the classroom outdoors. When she came back in she was surprised, but was a great sport and joined us outdoors and taught the rest of the class from there. We thought we were so clever, and the fact that she just rolled with it and joined us outside made a huge impression on me. I learned that nothing has to be ruined just because you walk in on something you didn’t expect, or those around you throw something in your way. There is always a way to make it work!”

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