WHAT I DO
I have a passion for working with adolescents and young adults. My specialities include anxiety, work related stress, depression, trauma, life transitions, grief, executive functioning, and relationship concerns. I truly believe that therapy is an integral tool for maintaining good mental health. Therapy helps us develop a strong sense of self, encourages us to gain new perspectives, helps steady our mood and improves our relationships. Therapy also helps process trauma, reduces anxiety, manage stress and unlearn bad habits. Through empathy, active listening and unconditional positive regard we will work together to meet your goals!
I view therapy as a collaborative process, where clients and I work together to explore themselves, understand connections between their experiences and how they think, feel, and behave, and utilize this information to create the change they want in their lives.
Therapy for teens
Many adolescents are in therapy today. Mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in U.S. school-aged children are common. In fact, according to a recent study, 1 in 6 children are affected by a mental health issue.
Therapy helps adolescents cope and learn new skills to address painful feelings like sadness, anger, stress, worry and low self-esteem. These can be caused by issues such as family trouble, school problems and bullying. They can also be caused by conditions such as ADHD, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Adolescents should be informed that going to therapy is not a sign of weakness and it does not mean that they’re crazy.
I treat many adolescents and work with emotional and behavioral issues that include:
Stress & anxiety
Therapy for adults
Therapy can be an effective treatment for many of life’s problems – especially for those where nothing you’ve done seems to help, or when your own coping skills stop working or become far less effective than they were in the past.
You don’t have to be diagnosed with a mental health problem to benefit from therapy. Many people seek therapy for concerns such as relationship problems, job stress, healing from childhood trauma, or self-doubt.
I treat adults with concerns and issues such as:
Stress & anxiety
Coping with adult responsibilities and tasks
Coping with past childhood trauma
Teaching parents how to help their adult children become responsible adults
Dealing with job/work challenges
Families struggling with Fertility, Complicated Pregnancy or Loss
Fertility challenges can cause tremendous stress, anxiety, depression and lead to emotional trauma. Complicated and high risk pregnancies can also trigger many difficult emotions which would benefit from external support.
Therapy for new moms
Let's be honest, being a mom isn't easy. Adjusting to motherhood is one of the biggest transitions you will have in your lifetime. It is a time when support is truly needed.
Not only is motherhood physically exhausting at times; it can be emotionally draining as well. The highs and pure love are often coupled with lows and uncertainty.
Unfortunately, moms often do not share experiences that are outside the happiness ideal or how they believe they “should” feel. If you are experiencing both highs and lows or feelings of ambivalence, you are not alone. If you are not “enjoying every moment”—no one is. These feelings are not a reflection of who you are as a person or mother.
Pretending that everything is okay when it really isn't gets exhausting. Hiding your feelings from others in order maintain an illusion that you "have it all together" can cause even more profound feelings of shame and isolation.
Seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness.
It can feel liberating to ask for help from a therapist. Sharing your story in a safe environment can be incredibly healing. I encourage you to treat yourself with the same compassion that you show others in your life.
Therapy is a place where you can struggle without being judged and we can figure it out together. You don’t have to make it pretty or cover up all your mistakes. Working on one’s mental health is a process. Having someone on the journey with you who is impartial, objective, yet empathic is invaluable.
When we talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting and less scary.
- Fred Rogers
What Clients Say
Shana is one of the greatest gifts that I have been given over the course of my mental health journey. Not only is she personable, kind, and incredibly easy to talk to, but she made me feel comfortable and cared for, and when nothing else, she was someone who listened with no judgement. Throughout my treatment for depression and anxiety, I have spoken with many medical professionals, psychologists, and therapists, but Shana is the only one who I felt viewed me as a friend, rather than a client or a patient. Even on my worst days when I had to be dragged out of bed to therapy and sat there in anger or in complete silence, she was patient and kind, always. It is difficult to engage me even when I am sitting face to face with someone, but Shana was able to engage me even over virtual therapy sessions during the height of the pandemic; a testimony to her incredible ability to really reach and connect with the people she sees.
She went out of her way many times, despite being on vacation or rushing to make a flight, to meet with me and check to make sure I was doing alright, and to give me a chance to unload some of my thoughts. At the same time that she helped me towards recovery, she never pushed me or made me feel unsafe, and her genuine joy at even my smallest victories always served as encouragement for me to keep going. I am really, really grateful for everything Shana did for me, and I know I would not be the person I am today without her
- female client 18 years old