I am a University of Southern California results-driven graduate working as an LCSW, who specializes in mental health, including military mental health, and who challenges clients to work toward healing and self-sufficiency while emphasizing their personal strengths and milestones. I have been practicing as a therapist in California for 8 years, working with incarcerated, adult males.
I specialize in the provision of evidenced-based treatment for a range of psychological difficulties and disorders, including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem/poor self-image, adjustment concerns, and family stress. I utilize a blend of cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal process and brief solution-oriented approaches to problems in therapy. I believe that the key to effective treatment begins with the quality of the relationship and connection between a therapist and client.
I bring with me a combination of life experience which includes being a military spouse growing up in a military family and raising a child with special needs along with my years of experience working with incarcerated individuals and assisting those patients with the daily challenges they endure. I offer an intuitive ability to connect with people facing many types of challenges.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Antisocial Personality, Attachment Issues, Avoidant Personality, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Communication Problems, Dependent Personality, Divorce and Separation, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family Problems, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Narcissism, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
CA LCSW 80493
Shawn has been such an encouragement to me. She allowed me to speak my mind and then access the confidence needed to ask for what I need and to voice how I’m feeling to others. So glad to have worked with her!
Written on Apr 16, 2021 after therapy with Shawn for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and coping with life changes
Shawn and I have only been connected for a short while, but I already fully trust her. She is great at cultivating a safe space, and asking the important questions without making you feel like you're being psychoanalyzed. Highly recommend her to anyone who is considering therapy on BH.
Written on Mar 26, 2021 after therapy with Shawn for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, sleeping disorders, compassion fatigue, and adhd