Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
My name is Shannon Mitchell, and I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LW60160440). I chose to go into the field of Social Work, as I am passionate about working with people, and helping them navigate some of life’s challenges. The journey of life can bring joy as well as difficulties. As a therapist, I see my role as one of instilling hope, looking for possibilities, and believing in real change.
I have been practicing in my field for over 20 years in a variety of settings. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work (1996), as well as a Master of Social Work (1997). The populations I have been fortunate enough to serve include: adolescents, adults, older adults, and LGBTQ clients. The following are areas I have elected to seek out additional training and/or have experience in treating: depression and anxiety, grief, gender identity, life transitions, trauma, and chronic illness.
A guiding principle that informs my therapeutic approach is a Strengths Perspective. My practice is client centered, and I focus on meeting the client where they are at, using their strengths to move toward solutions and meaning. I also incorporate Solution Focused Brief Therapy, as I believe the client has the solution and as a therapist, my role is to help create a safe and affirming environment in which solutions can be identified. Other therapeutic modalities I use include, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing, often utilizing these techniques in sessions as well as homework assignments to gain better insight into the possibilities of real change. Most importantly, I encourage open communication and feedback from all individuals I work with. This helps to inform the direction in treatment, allowing for the best outcomes.
Finally, if you are looking to engage in therapy, the first step takes courage! The first step being, acknowledging you deserve to give attention to your individual needs, and showing yourself some compassion as you seek help. Second, finding a therapist who is a good fit. Please feel free to reach out to me, and I am happy to answer any additional questions you may have as you start this journey in seeking solutions.