Shannon Hafterson, LPC Intern
Supervised by Lindsey Irons, LPC-S
Welcome! If you have found yourself here, you are already taking steps towards your personal growth and well-being!
Ronald Reagan once said, “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” This quote perfectly reflects why I became a counselor. I believe everyone deserves fulfillment in life, which requires developing a healthy relationship with yourself and learning to live in the present moment. My hope is that through therapy, you are empowered to not only survive difficulties but thrive.
One of my focuses is working with individuals who have experienced loss. Grief is a natural part of our healing process but it can be incredibly challenging. Sometimes we need extra support when we feel overwhelmed by a difficult loss. Whether you have experienced a death, divorce, break-up, miscarriage, or any other form of loss, I want you to know that wherever you are in your grief journey, I am here to support you. I’ve experienced multiple losses and know firsthand how painful grief can be, but that it can also provide rich opportunities for growth. There are a lot of myths surrounding what grief should look like, but every experience of grief is unique. I offer you a safe space to process your emotions and thoughts related to grief and help you learn to cope with the stressors of adjusting to a new reality.
In addition to grief and loss, I also work with individuals experiencing relationship and family issues, life transitions, stress, and anxiety. I strongly believe in the power of the therapy relationship, so it is important that you feel supported and accepted in this journey. We will explore the many unique factors that contribute to who you are and how you handle life’s challenges. By working together, we will identify the strengths you already possess and gain a new perspective to help you move towards positive change and healing. You will learn to better recognize where your emotions, behaviors, and thinking patterns come from, and use that knowledge to decide what to do differently. At times, I integrate information about the mind and body connection into therapy to increase your self-awareness and self-compassion.
Outside of the therapy office I enjoy exploring the outdoors, attempting to find the best restaurant in Austin, and catching up on a good book or Netflix series. 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. Thank you for visiting and I look forward to hearing from you!