Shannon Garretson

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About Me

Hi. I believe that quality counseling depends on a quality relationship between therapist and client. A quality relationship is one defined by trust, warmth, empathy - and even a bit of laughter now and then. I believe it is in the context of a good working relationship that change and growth best occur. While I maintain a high level of professionalism, a good working relationship can also feel like letting your hair down with a good friend over coffee.

I have 9 years of experience as a group and individual counselor, supervisor and graduate level instructor in trauma counseling. I utilize motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral and positive/strengths-based counseling to help clients make positive meaning of their lives. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. I have worked with a wide variety of presenting concerns, and have a strong background working with depression, anxiety, career and life changes, conflict and trauma.

I look forward to working with you!


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Career difficulties , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Chronic Pain Illness and Disability , Codependency , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 7

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LCSW #8467-123 (Expires: 2023-02-28)


Written by D.A. on Nov 12, 2021 after therapy with Shannon for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Shannon is brilliant. Her ability to decipher my experience into workable action is priceless. If my feelings were rough seas, she's the captain I'd want behind the wheel of my ship. And lucky me, she is!

Written by N.I. on Sep 16, 2021 after therapy with Shannon for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

Great experience so far

Written by L.I. on Sep 03, 2021 after therapy with Shannon for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Shannon has been very tentative as a counsellor and is helping with my issues. Asks questions that I never think of. I highly recommend Shannon and BetterHelp. Especially if you have social anxiety and cannot leave your home or feel uncomfortable to do so.