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Shawna Pankonin, LPC

Stress, Anxiety Relationships Trauma, Abuse Depression
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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!

Professional experience

14yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Relationships Trauma, Abuse Depression

Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Adoption and Foster Care, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver issues and stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication problems, Control issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Divorce and separation, Domestic Violence, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Fertility Issues, Guilt and shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / loneliness, Jealousy, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood disorders , Multicultural Concerns, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic disorder and panic attacks, Paranoia, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Pregnancy and childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-love, Social anxiety and phobia, Visually Impaired, Women's issues, Workplace issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Services offered

Live Chat

License information

MS LPC 1841


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Shawna Pankonin. 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 is incredible. Her perspective and expertise allow you to implement healthy coping strategies and gain confidence. She is able to set realistic goals with you that give you the tools to improve your mental health. She is the best!

Written on May 02, 2024 after therapy with Shawna for 11 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, and compassion fatigue

Shawna has been such an incredibly valuable guide through the process of healing from past wounds and developing better resources for life now. She consistently surprises me; I almost never leave a session without some new insight into a difficulty I'm facing. She is down-to-earth, a straight shooter, and has great wisdom to offer about how to self-regulate not just in times of high stress, but throughout the little stressors of the everyday. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to work with her.

Written on Mar 12, 2024 after therapy with Shawna for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and career difficulties

Shawna is fantastic!! She has a warm inviting personality that makes you feel at home. Her knowledge and help has done so much for my mental health and it would be worth your every second to choose her as your therapist.

Written on Jan 17, 2024 after therapy with Shawna for 3 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and parenting issues

I love talking to Shawna, she's just wonderful. And my partner loves her, both for me and for us.

Written on Nov 17, 2023 after therapy with Shawna for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, and anger management

I had never participated in therapy before finding Better Help. I had hit a brick wall and realized that I had to find some help. I immediately felt comfortable with Shawna. She not only listened..she helped me feel heard and finally understood. I would highly recommend her for anyone.

Written on Oct 10, 2023 after therapy with Shawna for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

She is great and I have used her off and on for several years. She knows my history and I don't have to remind her.

Written on Aug 01, 2023 after therapy with Shawna for 4 years and 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem