Shana Williams-Leary

LCSW

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.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
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 , Read more...
Years of Experience: 18

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

UT LCSW 12996356-3501

ME LCSW LC21573

FL LCSW SW7878


Reviews

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.

Written on Nov 06, 2022 after therapy with Shana for 2 months on issues concerning family conflicts, coping with life changes, and adhd

Shana is so helpful and gives me just the right amount of support.

Written on Oct 28, 2022 after therapy with Shana for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and coping with life changes

Shana is compassionate and clearly helps me address my concerns. She helps me learn to help myself!

Written on Oct 12, 2022 after therapy with Shana for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion f

I've only had 1 video session, but so far so good. Shana has responded very promptly to my messages and is providing the support I need right now. Glad we were matched and I look forward to future progress.

Written on Sep 21, 2022 after therapy with Shana for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Shauna has been an absolute joy to speak to. She is extremely compassionate, very attentive, and has shown me to look at my situations on a completely different perspective. Most of all, I feel she comes across as extremely approachable, warm and always keeps in touch with follow up messages and conversations through chat after our sessions. I would greatly recommend her to others, particularly for those who have are struggle for issues that are difficult to comprehend or self analyse.

Written on Sep 11, 2022 after therapy with Shana for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, compassion fatigue, and adhd

I feel very comfortable and I trust her. She has helped me be able to think differently with situations that have scared me and because of that, I felt validated and I was able to get sleep which was important to me. I’m really grateful for her expertise.

Written on Aug 09, 2022 after therapy with Shana for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

Shana is easy to talk to, listens wonderfully, and offers a fascinating insight and new perspectives on issues I may have.

Written on Aug 08, 2022 after therapy with Shana for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

Shana is very responsive and compassionate. In our very brief interaction it felt like we achieved so much and I was able to share with her a lot of my inner burdens. Her proactiveness was very much appreciated and I would love to get back with her if/when I re-start individual therapy.

Written on Jul 17, 2022 after therapy with Shana for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, parenting issues, and compassion fatigue

Shana was very friendly and approachable. She has been very helpful in the few sessions I’ve had so far. She’s very knowledgeable and great at responding when needed. Also she took the initiative to check up on me frequently between sessions.

Work with me!