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
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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy
LPC #1841 (Expires: 2022-06-30)
Shawna is so helpful and kind and I feel like she actually understands me fully. It is so nice having someone to talk to every week.
Shawana is the absolute best! She’s everything and more you could ever want in a therapist.
An amazing listener & an even better problem solver. She never fails to give me more than one way to work through / look at a situation & always takes your strong & weak points into account. Have never felt unsafe & I am always heard!
I have been speaking to Shawna for a few months regarding anxiety I was experiencing during a difficult time in a romantic relationship. She provided an incredibly safe and positive space to talk through the issues and share ways of handling the anxiety and gave me new ways of understanding myself and my needs moving forward. I'd strongly recommend her :)
Shawna has extensive experience with school counseling which comes really useful as I am an elementary school teacher. I feel like Shawna understands the settings well and can give me very good work related advice. For my personal life also, I feel like Shawna can relate to my experiences and often openly talks about her own experiences in similar situations which puts things into perspective. She introduces a variety of CBT tools which help change your point of view and develop as a person.
Shawna is very empathetic! She really cares and truly wants to help. She provided me with some great advice and tools to get through a very difficult time in my life. Thanks again Shawna! Keep shining ;)
Shawna is knowledgeable, quick to respond and a great listener.
After a few sessions with Shawna I can feel a lot of positive changes within my life. She is incredibly compassionate, motivational and good at suggesting positive coping techniques. I enjoy our sessions together and her ability to understand and relate to what I have to say. This is my third therapist in life and she has been so natural and easy for me to talk to in comparison to my previous therapy experiences.
Shawna is great. She really listens to me and is also compassionate and kind. She has helped me to overcome several issues I had been dealing with.
Shawna is the best therapist I've ever had. She is great at sympathising, understanding you, pushing you when necessary and offering practical tips.
I like working with Shawna, she's really good at listening but also refocusing the conversation to be productive. She's friendly and calm and really easy to talk to. I definitely feel like I can contact her when I need to and she's quick at responding. Really level headed and also direct at calling out crazy situations/identifying them objectively.
Shawna is the second counselor I have been matched with. After only a few sessions I am so very grateful for our time. She is just the kindest soul, she makes you feel so incredibly comfortable and fills you with warmth. I thought this service was quite expensive but wanted to give it a go, I now feel it's actually kind of on the cheap side for what I am receiving. The appreciation can't really be conveyed in words. Thank you, really, you are saving me.
Shawna is a wonderful human being who actively listens, understands and provides insight and further guidance. I appreciate her endlessly and she has been a great counselor to me so far. I got very lucky with who was assigned to me, and am so thankful!
She was lovely and patient with me. Definitely helped me clear up all my worries.
Absolutely amazing. She was such a wonderful help to me during the worst time of my life. She listened patiently and offered great ideas and tools to help me get thru and be able to handle things on my own. I would highly recommend her as a counselor.
Shawna is a very professional no nonsense councillor who tells you how it is.
Shawna has been a constant support for me over the last few months whilst I've had a whole range of issues going on. She helped me set up practical tools for managing situations, personalizing them to my exact situation. Most importantly though, every week she remembered everything we'd discussed, brought genuine warmth and compassion, and made me feel totally at ease. I'm in a good spot to put everything into practice on my own, but know I can connect again if I need some support!
Shawna is an amazing counselor. I have tried with about three previous counselor that I didn’t connect with, but I instantly felt that Shawna was an intelligent, experienced, and compassionate person. She is easy to talk to, she teaches me techniques to address my issues, and she encourages me to keep working towards my goals. She also sent me very helpful resources to read at the end of my first session. I finally feel that I’m getting the help that I have needed for so long.
I cannot say enough great things about Shawna. She really listens to what I’m saying and provides valuable feedback and action to move forward. She has a very comforting yet direct approach, which I very much like. I would highly recommend Shawna, and already have to a number of people.
Shawna is an insightful and caring counsellor, an attentive listener with a focus on practical strategies and techniques. In just a few sessions I feel confident I have the toolkit to manage stress and the negative thoughts that took up so much of my day before. Wish I’d done this sooner!
Shawna makes the therapeutic experience personalized and customized for me. She listens attentively, understands my concerns, and tries her best to help me tackle my issues with a variety of simple tools. Shawna is very knowledgeable, open-minded, and supportive. I'm an introvert but I feel comfortable sharing personal experiences with her. Thank you so much, Shawna, for being on this transformational journey with me. I definitely recommend Shawna for counseling.
I had issues at work that were impacting my mental health; Shawna has taught me skills to better manage my emotions. I wish I'd done this sooner.
I have been working with Shawna for several months and she has provided good insights. The recommendations that she has made work. I have tried counselling previously with little success. I appreciate Shawna's support and direction.
Shawn is amazing! One of the top counsellors I've had. She's supportive, knowledgeable , super open minded and has an amazing ability to guide you towards the right direction.
Shawna was fantastic - thank you!
Shawna has, in a very short time, helped me to see things more clearly. I feel more supported and are able to function with decreased pain.
Shawna has been a GodSend to me in a very critical/pivotal point in my life. I have reached the point where I no longer feel that I need weekly counseling sessions, but will always come back to her as I need her. My whole world had turned upside down and she has helped me through it.
Shawna has truly taken the time to help me re-build into the person I want to become. She's patient and tentative to your needs. I never felt as though she wasn't on board with my journey or process, and I think that's special.
Extremely open and easy to talk to. Very helpful!
Shawna is easy to communicate with, reassuring and timely in her responses. She provides resources to aid as well as personal projects to reinforce the techniques she proposes. Everything is given in a very practical and doable manner.
Shawna has helped me through a particularly difficult time in my life and helped keep me safe checking in everyday.
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!!!
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.
Shawna has been very understanding and has offered advice that has helped me feel more balanced and in control of my circumstances.