Shannon Hafterson, LPC Intern
Supervised by Lindsey Irons, LPC-S
Welcome! I’m glad you are here, taking steps towards your personal growth and well-being. Life is an unpredictable journey, with many twists, turns, and forks in the road. 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 you are in a place in your journey that is difficult and overwhelming, please know that you do not have to experience these challenges alone. My role as a counselor is to sit alongside you during the hard times, offering support, acceptance, and hope. I aim to empower you to be your most authentic self so you may live a more fulfilling life.
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. There are a lot of myths surrounding what grief should look like, but every experience of grief is unique and dependent upon the loss. I’ve experienced multiple losses and know firsthand how painful grief can be, but that it can also provide rich opportunities for growth. 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 conflict, struggles with parenting, life transitions, unmanageable stress, anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. Before joining Therapy Austin, I worked with children, adolescents, and families impacted by parental incarceration. From that experience, I learned how our early relationships influence and inform our adult relationships. We are hardwired for connection and when a relationship no longer feels secure, it can cause conflict both internally and externally. This may appear as difficulties with communication, unhealthy boundaries, trust issues, anxiety, or anger. In therapy, you can explore your relationship patterns and history, gain insights, and practice skills to help improve your current relationships.
Another passion of mine is helping people strengthen the relationship they have with themselves. Are you your own worst critic? Many find it easy to have compassion for others, but struggle in applying the same kindness towards themselves. By learning to live in the present and practicing self-kindness, you can improve your well-being, self-confidence, and resilience.
Outside of the therapy office I enjoy running and hiking, spending time with family and friends, traveling, going to the movies, 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 visiting and I look forward to hearing from you!