Therapist - Oakland / East Bay Area
With training and certification in yoga and mindfulness practices, Shannon brings a holistic approach to her Oakland psychotherapy practice. She especially enjoys providing therapy to individuals, young adults, and couples who are looking to make change, find joy, or simply bring more balance to their lives.
Shannon has a special interest in providing therapy to those struggling with anxiety, depression, or relationship issues, and those questioning whether parenthood is right for them. She has in-depth training working with marriage counseling, couples and relationships of all types including non-monogamous couples, non-married couples, poly relationships, siblings, LGBT/ lesbian and gay partners or marriages, and trans partners or marriages. She also works with individuals working through troubling issues such as:
Shannon's Approach to Therapy
Somatic, Strengths based, Solution Focused Psychotherapy:
While it is important to get at the root of an issue, it is also important to develop tools for use in the present, particularly if you are feeling a great deal of discomfort or distress. Shannon helps her clients develop the tools of mindfulness and somatic self-awareness to better understand and work with the present moment. These tools and techniques can be taught and developed at the beginning of therapy so clients can immediately start to manage what previously might have seemed unmanageable.
Shannon works to help clients understand the influence of the past on the present. She works with clients to understand underlying causes of symptoms, patterns, anxieties, and internal conflicts. It is Shannon's hope that working together will help you uncover and make sense of confusing or conflicting thoughts, feelings and desires and promote understanding and self-awareness. With awareness comes the ability to make conscious and healthy choices and let go of old patterns and behaviors that no longer suit you.
Shannon's Focus and Training
Since getting her masters degree in Marriage and Family therapy from JFKU in 2005, Shannon has been working for a variety of settings, including:
- providing trauma treatment to children in a school setting
- providing grief and bereavement counseling to children in a community mental health agency
- providing clinical therapy for anxiety, trauma, and depression
- providing psychotherapy to college students struggling with issues such as academic performance, identity, relationships, and self-esteem
Certifications and trainings:
- East Bay intensive study group - Northern California society for Psychoanalytic Psychology
- East Bay case conference for early career clinicians - Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California
- Palo Alto Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program fellowship year - San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
- accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) level 1 training
Her 16 year meditation practice and yoga teacher training has helped shape her view of what health and joy actually look like. It is her hope to assist clients in their journey to a more rich understanding of relationships with self, others, and the world and to help clients live meaningful and balanced lives.
Shannon's Licensing & Affiliations
- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - California Board of Behavioral Sciences LMFT93950
- Clinical Member - California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT)
- Clinical Member - East Bay CAMFT
- Member - Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (NCSPP)
- Board Member - Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (NCSPP)
- Education Committee Chair for Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (NCSPP)