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Shania Wilkes, LPC

Stress, Anxiety Trauma and abuse Grief Depression Coping with life changes
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About me

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with 10 years of progressive experience working with individuals, couples, and families. I am also experienced as a grief counseling specialist and have had the pleasure of helping people navigate through issues with depression, anxiety, loss, addiction, major life changes, symptom management, relationship conflict and regaining a sense of purpose and personal empowerment. I have a background in education as well, having taught college level courses in general psychology, human growth and development and abnormal psychology.

I use an eclectic approach to therapy, incorporating my own life experiences and a variety of relevant therapeutic principles and techniques in a way that is tailored specifically to the needs of each individual client. Though techniques and interventions may vary by client, they are consistently fueled by a person-centered and humanistic therapeutic orientation, as I believe it is my role to provide a safe a secure space for you to grow through whatever barrier you are facing, while tapping into and further developing your own innate strengths and uniqueness. You are the expert, I’m only here to help.

I like to call my therapeutic approach and personal style “carefrontational,” where I like to confront problematic issues honestly and straightforward with care and compassion. We are not our problem, but how we manage our problems can certainly shape the way we view ourselves. Overall, I’m here to help you find better ways to manage life’s problems and walk away with a renewed sense of peace, self-acceptance and resolve that allows you to fully embrace and appreciate the value behind being you.

We all have a story and while I may not have experienced all of the situations you bring to the table first hand in my own life, I am confident that I have dealt with the range of emotions you may be feeling and have worked hard myself at learning ways to acknowledge, understand, express and validate those feelings. It is my belief that with the right support and a healthy alliance, you can make a change for the better and see the beauty in what life actually has to offer. I look forward to speaking with you soon!

Professional experience

10yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Antisocial Personality, Attachment Issues, Body Image, Codependency, Communication Problems, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Problems, Guilt and Shame, Isolation/Loneliness, Life Purpose, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Post-traumatic Stress, Self-Love, Sexuality, Women's Issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

License information

PA LPC PC013176


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Shania Wilkes. 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.

Shania is so easy to talk to! Shes honest, gentle, caring, thought-provoking and professional. I would recommend her a million times to anyone looking for therapy. Her sessions have helped me tremendously and continue to. Thank you for helping others and being so passionate about people!

Written on Apr 21, 2023 after therapy with Shania for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, and self esteem

Shania is very knowledgeable and respectful. She provides you with a sense of understanding while assessing your concerns and needs. She also makes you feel very comfortable even at your worst moments. Shania provides you with great work sheets and “homework” to better understand yourself.

Written on Jan 12, 2023 after therapy with Shania for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

I feel very safe a comfortable with Shania, she makes me feel like I’m talking to a friend! Within the few months of seeing her I feel more progress than expected was made and she pointed out things I needed to work on I didn’t recognize but made sense and I’m grateful and highly recommend

Written on Jan 06, 2023 after therapy with Shania for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, family conflicts, self esteem, and career difficulties

She’s very knowledgeable in her work and catches commonalities in your behavior that help guide u to have better decisions outside of your sessions

Written on Sep 15, 2022 after therapy with Shania for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue,

Shania has been great and has made me feel comfortable

Written on Aug 29, 2022 after therapy with Shania for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Shania is an amazing therapist. She listens very well, provides great coping mechanisms, and is very responsive. I highly recommend her.

Written on Aug 13, 2022 after therapy with Shania for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem