Hi. I'm Shannon. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor 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, client-centered, and trauma-informed 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.
As an LPC Supervisor, I am approved by the LA LPC Board to supervise Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselors (PLPC's). PLPC's must document a minimum of 3,000 hours of post-master's experience in professional mental health counseling under the clinical supervision of a board-approved supervisor before they may be fully licensed, My practice is also available as a training site for Master's level student interns. Counseling interns generally complete a minimum of 600 hours of training over two semesters, with a minimum of 240 direct counseling hours and one hour of supervision per week. If you are interested in LPC Supervision or Counseling Intership, please click on the Clinical Supervision link under the Services tab.
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
Louisiana LPC Board-Approoved Supervisor
Associate Professional, Louisiana Registry of Sexual Offender Treatment Providers (LA Act. 848)
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
Brainspotting (Phase 1)
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 Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (LACES)
Louisiana Counseling Association (LCA)
Louisiana Group Psychotherapy Society (LGPS)
Louisiana Mental Health Counselors Association (LMHCA)
National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)
Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, & Gender Expansive Identities of Louisiana (SAIGE-LA)--President 2022-2024
Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex & Gender Expansive Identities (SAIGE)
Southeast Brainspotting Institute (SEBI)--Diversity Fellowship recipient 2023-2024
The Gender Affirming Letter Access Project (GALAP)
World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)