Shannon Smith, LISW, 1LT
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I am an experienced therapist and social worker who is dedicated to helping adults cope with mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, and anger.
Hello I'm Shannon Smith, Licensed Independent Social Worker and Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist. I hold a Master of Science and Social Administration with a focus on adult mental health from Case Western Reserve University. I have 10 years of experience in the mental health field and a comprehensive understanding of different diagnoses including Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar I/II, etc. I'm passionate about my work and I understand the challenges of mental illness. I have dual roles, working as a civilian Therapist and serving as a Behavioral Health Officer in the Army.
My personal and professional experiences have provided me with an array of useful skills, such as expertise of approach methods to complex situations, attention to detail and meticulous listening. I'm blessed to walk with my clients in their healing journey. It's an honor to hear unique testimonies of strength and resilience.
If you are struggling with hardship and overwhelming emotions, please know that you're not alone. I help my clients learn healthy coping skills to maintain a relaxed mind, body, and spirit. I believe in tailored intervention to meet each person's specific needs.
I incorporate Christian values & Evidence-Based Practice to enhance the treatment outcome. Together we practice various techniques to reduce negative thoughts and uncomfortable feelings, making it easier to self-soothe.
One way to regulate emotions is by grounding, using the five senses – sight, smell, feel, hear, and taste. Grounding helps calm the nervous system, decreasing anxiety and stress. Self-narrating is another powerful tool for personal growth. It allows space for uncovering thoughts, feelings and events that may have otherwise been hidden or bottled up. This is a great opportunity for inner transformation.
I like to empower my clients to identify and embrace their strengths, becoming the best version of themselves possible. Sometimes all it takes is a little guidance to see yourself out of the dark and into the light. If you'd like to connect, please feel free to reach out, I'm happy to provide further information.
May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you
Specialties & Clinical Interests
- Anger Issues
- Betrayal Trauma
- Bipolar & Other Mood Disorders
- Body Image
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Chronic Illness
- Chronic Pain
- Domestic Abuse/Violence
- Eating Disorders
- Grief & Loss
- Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs)
- Life Coaching
- Mental Health Professionals
- Neuropsychological Issues
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Personality Disorders
- Phobias & Fears
- Sexual Abuse
- Sleep Disorders
- Stress/Stress Management
- Suicide Loss
- Trauma & Ptsd
- Women's Issues
- Acceptance And Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Client-Centered Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
- Somatic Therapy
- Trauma-Informed Therapy
- Military Families
- People With Disabilities
- Trauma Survivors
Faith Based Specialties