Shawn Mcgivern


About Me

Hello! My name is Shawn McGivern. I'm a licensed therapists in Massachusetts with 20+ year helping adults affected by
stress, anxiety, depression, grief, loss, trauma, sleep, eating, impulse disorders, communication and relationship problems, loneliness, isolation, low motivation, perfectionism, neglect, abuse, separation/divorce, parental alienation and from young adulthood through retirement, adjustment to life transitions.

My style is typically open, warm, empathic, compassionate, curious, humorous, and down-to-earth. With attention to your particular age, culture, values, beliefs, personality style and goals I offer interventions from various modalities including Humanistic, Existential, Psychoanalytic, Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectical Behavior, Jungian, and Drama Therapy, all of which I am happy to discuss with you. In addition to private practice, I have served as a counselor and clinical supervisor at The Massachusetts College of Art and for 14 years taught Psychology and Writing at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. I completed post-graduate training in Existential Therapy, hold a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University, and a B.A. in English Literature from Boston College. I welcome clients of all ages, cultures, religious and spiritual practices, and gender identification and sexual orientation.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Family conflicts , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Abandonment , Read more...

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), Existential Therapy, Gottman Method, Imago Relationship Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 26

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video


LMHC #6656 (Expires: 2023-12-31)


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

Written by G.I. on Jun 22, 2022 after therapy with Shawn for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety

I absolutely love working with Shawn. She is very compassionate, caring and nurturing. In the 1st session I was very comfortable because of her warm presence. She is very patient and understanding and works with me to identify methods to help me work though difficulties. I most certainly recommend her over and over again

Written by E.M. on Feb 26, 2022 after therapy with Shawn for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Shawn has already helped me start to get on a better track and given me great insight into different ways to get myself where I need to be. I’m great full for her.

Written by M.A. on Feb 05, 2022 after therapy with Shawn for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

I felt that Shawn Mcgivern has excellent listening skills and would respond with really great advice in the moment. She is direct and caring. I like to get things done and out of the way and she has helped me expediate my therapy sessions. Not that I am finished, but I have directions and tools that I can work on and then hopefully circle back to Shawn for follow up.

Written by B.R. on Nov 08, 2021 after therapy with Shawn for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and bipolar disorder

Shawn is very compassionate and perceptive. She has a non-threatening and helpful approach to providing therapy. You can tell she really cares.

Written by V.I. on Sep 17, 2021 after therapy with Shawn for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

Shawn is insightful and has been a great help to me with the challenges I’ve faced this year. Talking to her has definitely helped me for the better in making tough decisions!

Written by S.C. on Sep 17, 2021 after therapy with Shawn for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and anger management

I only had one session with Shawn Mcgivern But during that time I was very impressed and found her to be very supportive in my case. She is professional and if you don’t appreciate truth, choose another therapist because she holds no punches. That is something that I required & I am grateful for that.

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