I have been working with adolescents and teens for the past 5 years and in a variety of settings with adolescents and adults. I started out as a therapist working with teens from 17-21 who were incarcerated using an approach called Moral Reconation Therapy which is a process that tries to alter the way decisions are being made. I then continued my journey with the same non-profit organization working with adolescents and their families dealing with substance use, trauma, and mental health. I have been doing this for the last few years and work closely with the family courts, and detention centers trying to stop the cycle of incarceration and substance use. I also work with adults that are dealing with substance use issues, trauma, and mental health issues. I have been a mentor to women who are learning self love and care and how to live independently or in healthy relationships. I have worked in the fields of domestic violence, substance use, mental health, and some LGBTQ. I am versed in trauma, anxiety, depression, and substance use. Here are some of the approaches I tend to use the most.
Person centered- allowing the person to make the choices that will affect their lives along with guidance from the therapist.
Solution focused – Future focused and goal directed, getting to the solution rather than focusing on the problem.
Cognitive Behavioral - challenging and changing negative schemas about self and focusing on improving thoughts, behaviors, and emotion regulation.
A-CRA Adolescent community reinforcement approach - improves access to interpersonal and environmental reinforcers to reduce or stop substance use. Can also be used with adults.
Motivational Interviewing - client centered to elicit behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence
EMDR trained and certification in progress
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Anger management, Career difficulties, Depression, Coping with life changes, Abandonment, Codependency, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Guilt and Shame, Jealousy, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
MO LCSW 2021025415
TX LCSW 105895
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Shayna has been such a light in one of the darkest times of my life. I will always value our sessions and continue to use the tools she has given me to navigate life. Thank you!
Written on Dec 20, 2022 after therapy with Shayna for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
I feel safe with Shayna. She makes me feel heard and empowered.
Written on Nov 13, 2022 after therapy with Shayna for 4 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, parenting issues, and self esteem
Shayna truly listens to me and knows how to ask the right questions pertaining to any situation. She is really personable and great to talk to.
Written on Oct 30, 2022 after therapy with Shayna for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Ms.Parker has been a great addition to my life sense we’ve started. She listens well and creates action steps I can take toward my goals. I often look forward to our chats. Thank you. :)
Written on Sep 10, 2022 after therapy with Shayna for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd
She follows up when I don't and I appreciate that!!
Written on Aug 26, 2022 after therapy with Shayna for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd
She has a wide range of experience that makes her perfectly suited for my situation. I appreciate her attitude and friendliness. She genuinely seems to care for her patients
Written on Aug 25, 2022 after therapy with Shayna for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, trauma and abuse, and adhd