Shannon Walding received a Bachelor’s degree from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona and went on to obtain a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Texas Tech University. While working in Lubbock at a university counseling center, Shannon provided counseling to young adults struggling with concerns like severe depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, and adjustment disorders.
Shannon’s approach to therapy has been inspired by Dr. Brené Brown’s idea that, “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.” Shannon helps to empower clients with the courage to be vulnerable, and process their life story, while learning how to create new meanings and storylines. She understands that the family systems we live within have a profound impact on the shape of our stories, and seeks to assist clients in gaining deeper insight into their family systems, so that they may navigate them as smoothly as possible.
Shannon’s theoretical approach to counseling is Humanistic, and she believes therapy works best when it is a collaborative process. Keeping the client’s unique personality, needs, and issues foremost, she tailors her therapeutic approach and techniques to each individual client in order to make the process as successful as possible.
Currently, Shannon is pursuing credentials as a Registered Play Therapist, under the supervision of Dr. Yolanda Fountain. Play Therapy is the most developmentally appropriate approach to working with children, and as such she loves using Sand Tray Therapy, art, music, and games to assist in the therapeutic process.
In addition to her love of Play Therapy, Shannon works with her clients in the following areas:
- Eating Disorders
- Chronic Dieting
- Intuitive Eating Counseling
- Self-Esteem and Body Image
- Culturally-Responsive Therapy
- Peer Relationships
- Social Skills
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
In her free time, Shannon loves spending time with her husband and pets, being outdoors, and traveling, especially to her home state of California.
Supervisor: Adam Glendye, LPC, CPCS