Greetings, I'm Shannon Smith, Licensed Independent Social Worker and Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist. I hold a Master of Science and Social Administration with a focus on adult mental health from Case Western Reserve University. I have 10 years of experience in the behavioral health field and serve in dual roles, as a civilian therapist and social work officer in the Army National Guard.
I'm passionate about my work and I understand the challenges of mental illness. My personal and professional experiences have provided me with an array of useful skills, such as attention to detail and meticulous listening. I use a person-centered approach to provide feedback in a gentle and empathic way, validating clients throughout.
If you are struggling with hardship and overwhelming emotions, please know that you're not alone. I help my clients learn healthy coping skills to maintain a relaxed mind, body, and spirit. I believe in tailored intervention to meet each person's specific needs.
I incorporate Christian values & Evidence-Based Practice to enhance the treatment outcome. Together we practice various techniques such as grounding, to reduce negative thoughts and emotions, making it easier to self-soothe.
I consider myself very blessed to walk with people in their healing journey. It's an honor to hear unique testimonies of strength and resilience. I like to empower my clients to identify and embrace their strengths, becoming the best version of themselves possible.
Sometimes all it takes is a little guidance to see yourself out of the dark and into the light. If you'd like to connect, please feel free to reach out, I'm happy to provide further information.
May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, First Responder Issues, Hoarding, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Jealousy, Military and Veterans Issues, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Sexual Assault and Abuse
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
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Shannon is very wise and helps me to calm myself. She has great advice which really helps me.
Written on Dec 14, 2022 after therapy with Shannon for 7 months on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety
Deeply appreciate her listening ear and very relaxed and peaceful personality. I never feel rushed and leave sessions feeling heard and encouraged in my healing and growing process. She meets me where I'm at and helps me in the decisions of where I want to be and walks through it with me.
Written on Aug 01, 2022 after therapy with Shannon for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, career difficulties, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Shannon is truly great at what she does. She has a really understanding nature, non-judgmental view whilst helping you open up to different perspectives. What I’ve also found useful whilst Shannon are the worksheet she sends in between session that are loaded with thought provoking questions and real life practices
Written on Jul 29, 2022 after therapy with Shannon for 2 months on issues concerning intimacy-related issues
Shannon is awesome. It's like she knew exactly how to balance listening and sharing.
Written on Jul 28, 2022 after therapy with Shannon for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Shannon is very good at asking questions to get to the problem. She fostered a sense of trust so I could openly share what was happening in my life. I feel understood and listened to.
Written on Jul 23, 2022 after therapy with Shannon for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, and eating disorders
Shannon is very thoughtful and listens well. Never thought I could talk to someone so easily. Really helpful
Written on Jun 03, 2022 after therapy with Shannon for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes