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    About Shannon

    I have been married for 18 years and have 2 teenaged daughters. We have lived all over the country and when our second daughter was born, we decided to call Utah home. I know firsthand the beauty and challenges that comes with living in Utah and I have been able to use these experiences to help my clients navigate through their own challenges.

    Over the last year, my family has made many changes, one of the changes we made was moving to Oregon. Change can be hard, the pandemic has challenged us in ways that most of us have never experienced before.

    I understand the pressures and challenges people feel today, whether you are navigating those pressures as an individual, a couple, or a single parent. As a mother and a wife who has raised two girls into adolescence, I have also had to learn to balance the daily stresses of life, while still working to keep my marriage healthy and fulfilling.

    Education & Training

    I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I earned my MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from NorthCentral University. I also earned a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science, with a focus in Psychology, from Utah Valley University. While I was at UVU, I also attained my Certification in Substance Use Disorder Counseling.

    In addition, to my formal educational experiences, I have received post-graduate specialty training in Eye Movement Desensation and Reprocessing (EMDR), an externship in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), as well as extensive training in Jungian play therapy and sand tray therapy.

    I have completed Level 3 of the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy and received training in and can facilitate classes as a Seven Principles Leader.

    I am also a member of the LGBTQ-Affirmative Psychotherapy Guild of Utah.

    My Values

    Confidentiality

    What we talk about stays between us (with a few exceptions I will explain at our first appointment).

    Creativity

    Creativity is all about making something that didn't exist before. Together we will create a plan and use interventions that are specific to you and your needs.

    Authenticity

    Clients often describe me as genuine. When I show up as my authentic self, my hope is that it will feel safe for you to do the same.

    Acceptance

    You have worth, exactly as you are right now. I strive to make my clients feel seen and heard.