John Shovels

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About Me

I am a licensed counselor in Michigan who has been practicing social work for 30 years and with over 10 years of counseling experience working with people who are recovering from life stressors, mental illness and drug/alcohol use. I have worked with people experiencing a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, drug/alcohol use, and personality disorders. I have also helped many people who have experienced trauma or emotional abuse.

My counseling style is interactive, warm, and engaging. I believe in treating everyone with respect and compassion while being sensitive to individual needs. I believe that people strive to be their best and that labels can be stigmatizing. My approach combines motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral, and solution focused approaches. I approach my treatment planning and dialogue with people in a non-judgmental manner.

It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you.

I look forward to working with you!


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Grief
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Personality Disorders

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 10

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LMSW #6801067333 (Expires: 2022-04-30)


Written by D.E. on Oct 06, 2021 after therapy with John for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and bipolar disorder

Very compassionate, an active listener and he advocates for you.

Written by M.A. on Sep 26, 2021 after therapy with John for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety

John is extremely professional and very insightful

Written by R.I. on Aug 27, 2021 after therapy with John for 2 weeks on issues concerning grief

Helpful and listens, doesn’t appear to be preparing what he plans to say while I’m talking but actually listens. That’s nice. Super flexible scheduling and multiple options. When my Internet hiccuped he messaged and offered to call. Very quick, convenient, and seamless transition with the tech helping rather than getting in the way. Great app. Well thought out and implemented.