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Anna Shaffner, LCMHC

Stress, Anxiety Addictions Trauma, Abuse Self esteem, Motivation Depression
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About me

Ever wish you had someone else there when you need to talk? I can help!

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in North Carolina as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Prior to becoming a counselor, I received a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition. I am available more often than my Schedule suggests, and am always eager to remain flexible in order to meet my clients’ needs.

I have experience working with young adults who are dealing with depression, anxiety, stress management, confusion about their career, self-esteem issues, body image issues, and relationship difficulties with significant others, family members, or friends. Sometimes in trying to deal with these concerns, people develop certain habits or ways of coping that begin to make life even more difficult. These issues are often part of the struggle of emerging or settling into adulthood, but I believe we can work together to help you figure out what you’d like to change and how you can make this happen.

As a counselor, I prefer to take a supportive approach with the intention of helping you find your inner voice amidst the chaos of the various messages you receive about what you should be doing, what you should want, or how you should get it. I think this approach can be especially helpful for younger adults, as it can be difficult to maintain your autonomy and motivation with all of these messages and the pressures they imply. After you have gained more clarity about what you value within yourself and your life, as well as how you’d like to be different, we can begin working on the steps to fulfill the goals you create. This often involves the use of mindfulness exercises or cognitive-behavioral therapy skills to help us examine how your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are connected, and how we can alter these cycles to work better for you.

It took a lot of courage to get to the point you've already reached - to consider sharing your difficulties and fears with a professional in an effort to find greater peace or fulfillment. I look forward to working with you, and to sharing those burdens with you, and I hope together we are able to piece together a happier, healthier you!

Professional experience

9yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Addictions Trauma, Abuse Self esteem, Motivation Depression

Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Eating disorders, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling)

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Motivational Interviewing

Services offered

Live Chat

License information

NC LCMHC 11865


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Anna Shaffner. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

I really enjoy talking with Anna, even when I don’t say much. She gives me the space to think through things instead of forcing me to say something or filling the space with chatter, like I have experienced before with other professionals.

Written on Aug 10, 2019 after therapy with Anna for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties

I joined this site because I was going through a really hard time. Anna has really helped me work through issues I didn’t even know I needed to work through. She’s been great!

Written on Jun 18, 2019 after therapy with Anna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Anna is amazing! She has helped me SO much with coping skills and working through all of my issues! She is extremely compassionate and caring. I highly recommend her to anyone struggling. I finally feel like I can see a light at the end of the tunnel all thanks to her!

Written on May 22, 2019 after therapy with Anna for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

Anna is FABULOUS. She makes me feel extremely comfortable and as if I was talking to a very encouraging friend rather than a counselor/therapist. She responds quickly and always has good insight that challenges me to think while also being kind and supportive. I’d recommend Anna to anybody!

Written on May 13, 2019 after therapy with Anna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Anna is the kind of counselor you need to empathize your situation and counsel you out of it. She listens like a friend and guides through the process of recovery. She is extremely patient and professional in giving relationship advice, addressing anxiety and depression concerns.
She guided me for months through a severely emotional period of my life. Very grateful for everything!

Written on Apr 19, 2019 after therapy with Anna for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

Anna seemed to understand my reservations at therapy. I felt so comfortable with her. I told her things I had never told anyone. She gave me many tools to build a healthy foundation. I felt respected and understood and validated. For the first time in a long time I feel like things will get better and I am so thankful for her.

Written on Feb 19, 2019 after therapy with Anna for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue