Shelia Balkan, PH.D. ,

Criminologist and Court Consultant

Client Praise

"Thank you so much for everything you did for me. Your effort cannot be commended enough. You helped me through the hardest time in my life. It takes an amazing person to do what you do!"

"Dear Sheila, I thank you for the remarkable, outstanding job that you have done. There was no other way that the Judge would have been convinced or perceived my character as such, if not for your true portrayal of my whole being. Your services provided me with hope and faith to continue on, believing that there are still people who are truly committed to their cause."

"Sheila - Your report was fantastic. The Judge quoted from it during his compassionate sentencing. My gratitude for your support throughout this ordeal."

"Dear Dr. Balkan, 'Sha Sha' means Thank You in Chinese. This is the word that I want to say to you. Because of you, I can work as a normal person. Because of you, I feel there is hope. Because of you, I had the courage to live and hang in there. Thank you so much. Sha Sha!"

"Sheila, I just wanted to let you know that I will be graduating tomorrow morning. I want to thank you for all that you have done for me. Your help and advice has helped me crawl out of a dark hole and achieve an important step in reaching my dreams. I don't think I would be where I am today if it wasn't for you."

"I had no idea when I met you how my life and legal situation would be changed. I was confused, frightened and depressed. I was certain that I would soon be in Federal Prison for several years and that nothing could be done about it. But you had insights into my behavior and problems that no one else had. You saw the need for immediate treatment of my addiction and personal problems. The professionals you referred me to were as qualified in their fields as you are in yours. That was just over a year ago. I barely recognize myself as the person that met you a year ago. I was sentenced to probation, no jail time. I am happy and have a different outlook on life now. I am closer to my wife and family than ever. THANK YOU!"

"Sheila, thank you for everything. In the beginning…for listening to me babble when I really needed you to. For giving me strength when I needed it most. And in the end, for going that extra mile for me."

"Thank you for your support and all your hard work. Sheila, you are a blessing."

"I have a lot to be grateful for in my life right now and I am so much in debt to you for giving me the opportunity to turn my life around. I have worked at my goals and I am more in focus on what I need to do than ever before. Now I am confident that I will be able to live my life with a little less anxiety and a lot more knowledge of who I am and what I need to do. Thank you a hundred times for your help. You have made my life so much more fulfilled and happy. "

"I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the incredible time and energy that you put into the report for my son. If it were not for that report, I am certain that he would be in jail. I believe that it was your work that allowed my son to receive the sentence that he did. But there is so much more to thank you for. Your work is extremely valuable and I feel blessed that we were on the receiving end of it."

"Sheila, you are one of the most special people that God created and I thank him everyday for you. You are truly a life saver. I love you."

"You have been an inspiration in my life. You helped me overcome a lifelong depression and start believing in myself. You have truly been a mother figure to me and I thank you for everything you have done. You are the best. "

"I sit here today thinking about all the people that this situation has brought me close to. You, without a doubt, stand out. Your assistance in pointing out some very fundamental truths in my own life will never be forgotten. I just wanted to thank you for all your help. I just wished I knew what you helped me learn about myself before I got into trouble. You have had a very profound impact on my life and on my way of thinking as well."

"I look forward to continuing with my recovery from drugs and alcohol and working on the issues that were brought to light by Sheila."

"Sheila, you are definitely a 'miracle worker.' Thank you for all your hard work and faith and belief in us."

"I would like to once again thank you for all your efforts on my behalf. The Governor pardoned me last month. I have learned much about who I am and am more focused today than ever on a different set of personal priorities. Prison was a rough time but even in the worst of circumstances I found peace."

"We are most grateful to you for all of your support and help during this difficult time in our lives. But as hard as it was in the first few months, [our son] has definitely matured from this experience."

"I wanted to let you know that I am currently working at the community service that you set up. I want to really thank you since I believe that I couldn't have dreamed of working at a place this great. I am also doing well in school. I am so grateful for all that you have done for me and for all that you helped me accomplish."

"Thanks to you and your help we are doing fine. Your work for us has changed our lives. We are so grateful!"

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