MEET SHANNA

Hello, and welcome! Here you'll get a chance to get to know me a bit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

        A big part of my work is in supporting parents, both very new and seasoned. Parenting is incredibly challenging. And parenting has dramatically changed in the last several decades, both in expectations (our own and others) and in execution. We have less external support, more demands, higher expectations, and a lot more stress. We also have access to incredible information and research on the development of young children and how to support social and emotional intelligence. But the execution is hard, and when we make mistakes, it can be hard to recover.

 

        I love my work with couples, in particular, couples who are expecting, have just had a baby, and those with young children. Becoming a parent creates stress in your relationship. That's normal. But it's also painful, and sometimes we fall into painful negative patterns with our partners that drain whatever energy and love we managed to grasp onto. If you feel like your partnership, your marriage needs help, reach out for support now! Don't wait.

 

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.

I previously volunteered on the Child Therapy Committee as part of the Northwest Alliance of Psychoanalytic Study. I also served on the board of directors for PEPS from 2018 to 2020.

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.