Shawna Pankonin


About Me

Hello, and thank you for taking your time to learn more about me! My name is Shawna, I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of Mississippi. I have over 12 years’ experience working in the mental health field. I have worked in a variety of settings including: in homes, providing residential level of care therapy services, schools, youth court systems throughout the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, outpatient services, as well as a Child Advocacy Center. Although that seems like a mouthful, it simply means that I have had experience working in a several different settings, with a broad range of clinical issues. I believe the best way to truly understand what someone is going through is to understand where they come from, let them be the expert on themselves and provide the services they need to help them succeed. I have the most experience working with stress reduction, anxiety, depression, anger management, family conflict, parenting skills, relationship conflict, and complex trauma/abuse. I also have experience with a wide variety of mental health disorders.

My dedication to the field of mental health stems from years of working with children, adolescents and their families, in state custody; along with watching friends and family members struggle with mental illness. I have seen firsthand that having mental health concerns can be difficult and cause feelings of despair and isolation; not to mention the process for getting help can be overwhelming. However, I also know from experience how much life can change for the better when you find the right support and take steps towards taking care of yourself!

I use a person-centered, holistic, and eclectic approach in treatment, meaning I begin where you are and tailor my treatment approach to your needs while being sensitive to how your personal thoughts, beliefs and lifestyle choices impact your experience. I primarily use evidence based techniques including cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused counseling. However, I do incorporate more "classical" approaches to counseling as well. I would describe my style as warm and supportive, but I am ready to help you tackle your struggle head-on. I am very creative and do not like to conform our sessions into something that will place a box around it. I want it to go where it needs to go for you to get what you need to feel empowered and in control. Remember, no one is a magician. No one can "fix" your situation. It will take time and hard work on your part to make the changes you want. If you're willing to put in the work, I'm willing to walk alongside you and work as well! Together we can work on establishing goals and steps for you to understand the problem and gain the confidence to move forward and feel more in control of your life. Throughout my years of practice I’ve found a recurrent theme: the need to be heard, to be validated, and to know you are not alone!


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression

I also have experience in LGBT, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder

Years of Experience: 12

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LPC #1841 (Expires: 2020-06-30)


Written by L.Y. on Oct 10, 2018 after counseling with Shawna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management

Shawna has helped me through a particularly difficult time in my life and helped keep me safe checking in everyday.

Written by E.L. on Oct 10, 2018 after counseling with Shawna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

She's a counselor who understand my situation and always give me support.

In those days when I was upset, I thought about her words also her worksheet sent me before.

If I need help in future again, I'll find her as my counselor!!!

Written by G.A. on Oct 07, 2018 after counseling with Shawna for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and anger management

Shawna is an excellent counsellor - I really appreciate how she quickly picks up on what is making me anxious or stressed and is able to not only come up with a solution (or at least steps towards one), but is able to tailor her suggestions and explanations in ways that are relevant to my experience.

Written by S.A. on Sep 18, 2018 after counseling with Shawna for 2 weeks on issues concerning lgbt, relationship, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Shawna has been very understanding and has offered advice that has helped me feel more balanced and in control of my circumstances.