Shauna Summers, LCPC
I am a licensed counselor who approaches therapy from a curious, strengths-based perspective.
I work to provide a safe, non-judgmental, culturally safe space where you can share, we can identify what isn’t working, and the best practice interventions can be implemented that work toward your therapeutic goals. Curiosity about why we do what we do is helpful when we need to create different habits. Therefore, in therapy, we work on cultivating a sense of curiosity so we can identify what isn’t working in your life anymore.
Therapeutic success is rooted in how the therapist and the client relate to each other. Authentic connection develops best in a compassionate safe space, Before we can have compassion for ourselves or learn how to trust ourselves, we need to practice being vulnerable which is what we do in therapy. Learning to trust and listen to our intuition is a critical step to healing.
I believe when we strengthen what we are already good at, we reduce the impact of our life challenges. When we integrate newly learned skills with existing skills, we tend to feel more hopeful about our future and increase our self-confidence. These changes can lead to adopting new ways of coping, learning how to view our challenges from new perspectives and to use all of this to live your best life.
What should I expect?
In your first session, we will talk about the interactive process of therapy, what brought you to therapy, the expectations that counseling has for each of us, what you would like to get out of therapy, and how you will know. In addition to the process of therapy, we will also talk about confidentiality, the legal limits to confidentiality, privacy, cancellation policy, expectations for both of us and any questions you have.
In our early sessions, we will be getting to know each other. I will have questions for you and I encourage you to ask me questions. Successful therapy happens incrementally. You can expect to discover more about who you are, what you are needing, and how to let go of things that no longer serve you.
Education and Licensure:
From my formal education, I have a solid strength-based perspective of the human condition. I believe that we all have innate strengths as well as learned skills. I also believe that the most effective way to make important life changes is to strengthen our strengths as this approach leaves less “room” for unhealthy habits.
- Master of Science(MS) in Psychology from Illinois State University with a specialty in developmental psychology which is the study of “normative development throughout the lifespan.”
- Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bradley University in Peoria, IL
- National Certified Counselor (NCC) in 2013
- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in 2013
- Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in 2017