Update: September 2022
Shanna is not accepting any new patients due to her upcoming maternity leave. This site will be updated when she returns from leave.
Hello, and welcome! Here you'll get a chance to get to know me a bit.
Hello and welcome to my practice. I hope that you use this site to get to know me a little. This is the first step in determining if you believe I can help you in your journey. "Goodness-of-fit" comes from a sense of connection, understanding, and enough overlapping values that allow for your experience of reflection and growth.
In my practice, and in my life, I strive to live by the following principles:
Tell the truth, especially when it’s hard or scary.
Treat others with kindness, even if they don’t seem to deserve it.
Think. Use your mind to think critically about the world and about ideas. Consider other arguments and perspectives.
Care for yourself at least as well as you care for others.
Suffering and hardship in life is expected; how you make meaning of that suffering is up to you.
Focus on what you can do, not who you can control.
Gain skills that help you help others.
My clinical approach is collaborative, non-judgmental, and direct. You will get what you put into therapy, and I'm ready to do the work whenever you are. The more energy and time you put into this work, the more you will gain integration and a more intimate relationship with yourself. I approach every individual and every family with the knowledge that each generation does the very best that they can, and our goal is to notice limitations and the impact of different dynamics without pointing fingers, blaming, shaming, and identifying villains. And finally, I value honesty, especially when it's hard. Honesty in therapy is an essential part of the work, and I strive to model that by being honest about what I see in you.
I am drawn to working with those with young children and couples partly because of my personal life and partly due to my natural skill and ability. My personal life has taught me the value of intimacy, connection, and the importance of gaining attachment integration. My natural skills of patience, complex puzzling, and honed intuition allow me to do this work with joy.
The formation of a new family brings an opportunity to undo generational patterns that no longer serve a purpose. This kind of work is deeply personal and transformative. You have an opportunity to build a life that you want and choose for yourself. There are few things more intimate in a persons' life than creating life and working to protect and shape young humans. It changes your life, your relationships, your brain, your intuition, everything. I take this work seriously and feel privileged and honored to work with my patients.
Education and Professional Development
MSc Attachment Studies - Aug 2021
University of Roehampton
Dissertation: Assessing Adult Attachment in Couples
International Excellence Scholarship
Postgraduate Certificate in Infant Mental Health - May 2016
University of Washington
Barnard Scholarship recipient
Masters in Social Work - May 2014
New York University
Thesis: Adult Attachment to Family of Origin and Maternal Attachment in Young Mothers
Silver Fellowship Award
Silver Tuition Scholar
Bachelors of Arts - June 2011
University of Washington
My specialized clinical training includes Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman's Method Couple's Therapy.
Some of my favorite book recommendations include No Bad Kids by Janet Landsbury, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Mate, It Won't Hurt Forever by Peter Levine, Hold Me Tight by Sue Johnson, 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson, and No-Drama Discipline by Daniel Seigel. Check out my blog post for more recommendations.