Therapist Shawna Bernath Photo

Shawna Bernath, LMFT

Stress, Anxiety Relationship issues Family conflicts Trauma and abuse Parenting issues
Video Phone Live Chat Messaging

About me

Welcome and thank you for taking the time to read my page! I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Colorado. I have over 8 years experience working with individuals, couples, and families struggling with symptoms of mental health stemming from exposure to trauma, such as abuse and neglect, domestic violence, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress Disorder (PTSD), to school and family issues. Primary duties include conducting intake evaluations of children and adolescents, assuming primary responsibility for treatment, provision of individual and family therapy, and strength-based parenting. My formal trainings include: EFT (emotion focused therapy), TFCBT (trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy), and PMT-O (parent management training). I support my clients in creating a safe space to discuss thoughts and feelings freely without fear of judgment. Come as you are, I believe that beginning where the client is at in the treatment process is key to a successful and beneficial therapeutic experience. My goal is to build upon what is working well in the client's life and collaborate with my clients to address the needs that they feel should be addressed in a way that they feel comfortable with.

I look forward to meeting and working with you!

Professional experience

8yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Depression, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Attachment Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Avoidant Personality, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation/Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

License information

CO LMFT MFT.0001867


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

Shawna makes sure you are heard and helps with exactly what you are needing help with. I feel like she truly cares and wants to help you with your situation. Not only does she listen to you and help figure out what's going on but also uses worksheets and quizzes to have manage your situation. I definitely feel like I have learned about myself and have become more aware of myself with her help.

Written on Nov 05, 2022 after therapy with Shawna for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and compassion fatigue

She has been a huge help.

Written on Sep 28, 2022 after therapy with Shawna for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and adhd

I'd highly recommend Shawna as a counselor to someone looking for someone who is very responsive, listens to the issues you are having and gives you the tools to work through your issues or problems. I initially started seeing her last year to help with anger issues, as well as delve into some of my past. She has been very helpful with this and also very responsive to the loss of a few friends the past few 6 months too. I feel like I've made some good strides and I guess the real proof is that my wife recently said how she's noticed quite a bit of change and feels closer to me lately. I feel like I still have work to do, but definitely feel like quite a bit of progress has been made. Thanks Shawna!

Written on Jul 25, 2022 after therapy with Shawna for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and compassion fatigue

I really appreciate Shawna. I have been doing weekly therapy with her past 3 months and feel She truly cares as demonstrated by excellent therapy she provides. Her therapy is not just passive but active with worksheets, quizzes and book recommendations. Thank you Shawna!

Written on Dec 26, 2021 after therapy with Shawna for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Shawna is great, she has been able to connect with me and my spouse and provide a safe controlled environment for us to navigate through bumps along the road of life in our relationship that will help strengthen our bond

Written on Dec 15, 2021 after therapy with Shawna for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts

So far after two sessions this experience has been awesome. Very excited for what’s to come!

Written on Oct 10, 2021 after therapy with Shawna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety