Welcome, I’m Shannon! I’m glad you are here, taking steps towards your personal growth and well-being. While I don’t know the circumstances that have brought you to counseling, I do know that it takes bravery to reach out for help. If areas in your life feel difficult and overwhelming, please know that you do not have to experience these challenges alone.
I am passionate about helping individuals who are experiencing distress from grief and loss. Have you experienced the death of a loved one? Are you taking care of a family member with chronic illness? Have you recently gone through a break-up or divorce? Are you experiencing shame because you aren’t “over it” yet? Grief is a natural part of our healing process, but it can be incredibly challenging. Our mainstream culture has many myths about what grief should look like. I’m here to tell you that every experience of grief is unique and dependent upon the loss. I know firsthand how painful grief can be, but I also know that it can provided rich opportunities for growth. I work with a variety of loss including death, divorce, break-ups, infertility, pet loss, and difficult life transitions. If you need help sorting through the many thoughts and feelings that come with loss, I can help. There is hope and healing after loss.
Any experience of loss has the potential to be traumatic, which is why I received training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy, an evidence-based treatment for trauma. When you experience trauma, the brain stores the traumatic memory in a way that is raw and fragmented, often leading to symptoms such as flashbacks and distress when reminded of the trauma. Traumatic memories can have a lasting negative effect, interfering with the way you see the world and relate to others. EMDR helps you process the traumatic memory, moving it to a more functional part of the brain. While you still remember what happened, it becomes less upsetting and allows you to live from the present, instead of the past. I use EMDR to help clients process traumatic grief, childhood trauma (ex. neglect and abuse), sexual or physical abuse, panic attacks, phobias, and painful memories. Even if you are not seeking therapy for trauma, elements of EMDR can be used to access your inner resources, allowing you to better navigate the challenges you face.
I also work well with clients navigating the issues twenty- and thirty-somethings face. When will I feel like an adult? Do I have to join Tinder if I want to date? How do I stay informed about current events without feeling overwhelmed and powerless? While I might not have all the answers, I will offer you a supportive, outside perspective grounded in current research. Clients have shared with me that is helpful to process these types of challenges with someone around the same age.
Other issues I work with include relationship and family conflict, struggles with parenting, life transitions, unmanageable stress, anxiety, and depression, and low self-esteem. I believe that our own self-criticism adds another layer of difficulty to our challenges. In our work together, I will offer a compassionate perspective and teach you ways to be more self-compassionate in your daily life.
Outside of the therapy office I enjoy running and kickboxing, spending time with family and friends, traveling, cooking, video games, and attempting to find the best restaurant in Austin. If you think we’d be a good fit and are interested in working with me, feel free to call me at 512-201-4501, ext. 154 or click here to fill out an appointment request. I am honored to be a part of your journey. Thank you for taking the time to read my bio and I look forward to hearing from you!