About Me

Shannon Smith, LPCHi. I'm Shannon. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. My areas of interest include personality and identity development, LGBTQIA concerns (including gender dysphoria, gender exploration & gender transition), depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, grief and loss, men's mental health, post-trauma intervention, and treatment for problem sexual behavior. 

Before beginning my career in counseling, I worked in the field of victim services for 15 years, serving as a professional victim advocate in five different states and speaking on a local and national level about the effects of sexual violence.  I remain passionate about the issues related to sexual trauma and victimization. I have provided individual and group treatment for those convicted of sexual offenses since 2015, and I have facilitated a process group for victims of sexual violence since 2019.

I am honored to work alongside clients on their journeys towards self-discovery, healing and wellness. I am both compassionate and direct. I practice with an anti-discrimination, anti-oppression, and anti-racist orientation, and I care about how your personal experiences have influenced your view of yourself, of others, and of the world. I use an integrative and client-centered approach to counseling to assist clients in their personal growth and development.

I provide off-site group therapy by contract and in partnership with local organizations. I am available for training and consultation to professionals, students, and service organizations on topics including trauma, interpersonal violence, mental health disorders, gender and sexuality, sex offender management and treatment, and self-care for caregivers. I have provided expert witness testimony on victim behavior, sexual assault reporting procedures, and the effects of trauma, and I am available for consultation to prosecutors.

Education:  

Master of Arts in Education (Community Mental Health Counseling), Louisiana State University, 2015

Licensure & Certification:  

Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselor (#6479)

National Certified Counselor (#782021)

Louisiana LPC Board-Approved Telemental Health Provider

Associate Professional, Louisiana Registry of Sexual Offender Treatment Providers (LA Act. 848)

Professional Memberships:

American Counseling Association (ACA)

Arkansas Association for the Treatment and Prevention of Sexual Abuse (AR-ATSA)

Association for the Treatment and Prevention of Sexual Abuse (ATSA)

Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society International; Alpha Chi Chapter (Louisiana State University)

Louisiana Association of Addiction and Offender Counselors (LAAOC)

Louisiana Counseling Association (LCA)

Louisiana Group Psychotherapy Society (LGPS)

Louisiana Mental Health Counselors Association (LMHCA)

National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)

Saige of Louisiana-Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, & Gender Expansive Identities (SAIGE-LA)--President 2022-2023

Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex & Gender Expansive Identities (SAIGE)

The Gender Affirming Letter Access Project (GALAP)

World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)

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