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Shana Williams-Leary, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Family conflicts Trauma and abuse Grief Depression
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About me

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker that has worked over the course of 18 years in both inpatient Crisis and outpatient counseling settings with individuals, couples and families, ages 4 y.o. to 85 y.o. in Florida. I am very versatile in my approach, tending to begin where you, the client are first, then tailoring my interventions from that point on. My specialty is in working with PTSD, i.e. abuse , and primary and secondary traumas, and have advanced training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. However, I have also frequently worked with the Chronically Mentally Ill person, including those with Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Dissociative issues, and Depression, as well as those in various Life Transitional stages and Developmental delays. I have also counseled a few individuals with up to middle stage Dementia (since newer Rx leaves them with tremendous adjustment issues) and their caregivers and parents struggling with parenting issues. My highest comfort level is with ages 18 and over.

My counseling style is ecclectic, with a warmth of engagement and focus on acceptance, positive regard, and trust-building, but can be highly solution-focused and brief as needed in the course of your therapy. I use a Motivational Interviewing technique to identify both what it is the client truly desires, as well as what they do not want, or are not motivated to achieve, and why. I then will shift to a more Strengths-based and Skill-building approach and the use of Cognitive-Behavioral and Humanistic interventions with a Family Systems and Developmental perspective on relational issues.

I have done my own personal counseling work, and recognize it to be a powerful, yet courageous endeavor in a person's life. Good therapy can transform you and it is a gift to be able to engage in it. Every person is precious, and deserving of respect, kindness, and a place to be fully heard, accepted, and a place to develop their best selves in a healing, compassionate environment. I consider my work as a therapist to be a sacred trust, a privilege, a calling, and part of my own journey as a fellow human being.

Working with you will be an honor to help you on your very unique path toward a healthier you, and in the style you determine to be the most helpful and supportive.

Professional experience

19yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Family conflicts Trauma and abuse Grief Depression

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Avoidant Personality, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Hearing Impaired, HIV / AIDS, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Immigration Issues, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Somatization, Traumatic Brain Injury, Women's Issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Services offered

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License information


UT LCSW 12996356-3501



These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Shana Williams-Leary. 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.

Shana is amazing. She checks in on you during the week sends amazing info and tips to help. She is really caring and I feel really empowered.

Written on Aug 25, 2023 after therapy with Shana for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, family conflicts, grief, parenting issues, and compassion fatigue

Shana always remembers what my concerns are, even when there has been a long span of time between sessions. She asks questions that help me consider other ways to approach an issue.

Written on Aug 07, 2023 after therapy with Shana for 11 months on issues concerning family conflicts, coping with life changes, and adhd

Good therapist

Written on May 20, 2023 after therapy with Shana for 7 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and anger management

Shana has been a great support for me. She's very professional, easy to work with, a great listener and offers many resources for me to make informed decisions. I have faith in therapy after years of struggling to find someone and a hope for recovery.

Written on Apr 19, 2023 after therapy with Shana for 5 months on issues concerning trauma and abuse, grief, anger management, and adhd

very nice and understanding, helpful and providing things that can help.

Written on Apr 03, 2023 after therapy with Shana for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Shana William-Leary has been a wonderful, kind and professional therapist. Her thoughtful approach has helped me better understand my emotions and how to better handle complex situation.

Written on Mar 12, 2023 after therapy with Shana for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes