I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker in Iowa with over 20 years of experience working as a therapist, mentor and coach. I have worked with clients that present with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. I am also a certified instructor for Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid, which is a training provided to those interested in helping decrease the stigma associated with mental health.
My counseling style is eclectic. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and rational-emotive counseling. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.
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!
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD
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I’ve been doing therapy with Shannon off and on for 5 years and she’s amazing she always responds and listens to me she is like a best friend to me and I love having sessions with her.
Written on Apr 24, 2023 after therapy with Shannon for 2 years and 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and bipolar disorder
First time I’ve ever felt comfortable in therapy in my entire life.
Written on Nov 12, 2021 after therapy with Shannon for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd
I’ve never had therapy before but if I’d known there were therapists out there as intelligent, caring and insightful as Shannon I would have done this a long time ago. She calls me out when it’s necessary as well! I have a fair amount to unravel and have a tendency to feel very overwhelmed at times. Shannon recognises that and ensures the pace is right for me to keep me moving forward without it being too much. A very skilled and experienced operator who has had a significant positive impact on my mental health already and continues to guide me through my journey with care and intelligence. I’m
not someone who trusts easily but after a relatively short space of time I can say I trust Shannon implicitly and feel very safe to open up. This makes the sessions and the overall journey a lot less intimidating and minimises the bumps along the way. Very kind and easy to bond with and talk to. Watch out for the killer questions though, she knows what she’s doing! :)
Written on May 23, 2021 after therapy with Shannon for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and coping with life changes
Shannon has been instrumental in my recovery. Never judging and always finding the positive without justification of negative things.
Written on Apr 07, 2021 after therapy with Shannon for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes
A great counsellor that reaches out and listens to me, and always very prompt in responding.
Written on Mar 30, 2021 after therapy with Shannon for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
One thing that usually frustrates me about talking to people is that they are so quick to force their opinion on you or judge your situation - Shannon doesn't do that. Shannon's counselling is like she's holding up a great, big mirror. She asks me questions I never would have even thought to consider and she gently prompts me to acknowledge the signs my own mind is giving me. She helps me help myself is the best way to put it.
Written on Mar 24, 2021 after therapy with Shannon for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem