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Shirley Retz

Shirley Retz

Case Manager/Senior Counselor

Contact Information

150 Mary Walker Building

Past Work/Education Experience:

  • SUNY Oswego Alumni for both BS (Psychology major) and Masters (Mental Health Counseling)
  • 2016-2017 Addictions Treatment Specialist at Credo Community Center for the Treatment of Addictions, Inc.
  • 2017-2023 Therapist at the Children’s Home of Jefferson County (worked in an outpatient center, pediatric doctors office, and residential campus)


  • Travel (both near and far)
  • Learning and experiencing new things
  • Reading and listening to audio books
  • Walking/Hiking/Martial Arts


Specialty areas:

  • Trained in: Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Motivational Interview
  • Neurosequential model of therapeutics (NMT)


Bacher, L. F., Retz, S., Lindon, C., & Bell, M. A. (2016). Intraindividual and Interindividual Differences in Spontaneous Eye Blinking: Relationships to Working Memory Performance and Frontal EEG Asymmetry. Infancy: the official journal of the International Society on Infant Studies, 22(2), 150-170.


  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Counseling Centers of New York (CCNY)

Awards and Honors

  • 2016 SUNY Oswego Chapman Award


  • M.S. Mental Health Counseling, May 2016, SUNY Oswego
  • B.S. Psychology, May 2014, SUNY Oswego