Shannon has been on a path of discovery her whole life. She calls herself: “a full emersion learner” who takes herself to those places that allow her to discover more about herself and her ability to live a fulfilled life.
As a “Teacher” this is her greatest gift to others. Her capacity to translate her own experience through her loving acceptance, helpful tools, personal congruency and laughter, are helpful to others on their path of personal discovery. She is a guide who truthfully and lovingly influences others closer to the truth about who they are, which is always worthy, lovable and treasures. As Shannon experiences those around her in this way, it invites and encourages those who seek her out, to experience themselves from that place of respect, honor and love. It has required that Shannon remember the truth about whom it is she is (awesome and precious) rather then the “learned” and practiced way of experiencing oneself as not enough and lacking. She is the model for so many people as she practices her own life and path, with what it is she teaches and offers to others.
On a more personal level, Shannon was raised in the Air Force and traveled the globe moving every year of most of her life until she landed in Seattle Washington where she attended college. This experience
cultivated many strengths and because of it Shannon learned to adapt, be
flexible and live within other cultures and groups of people.
As a result of some of her life experience, Shannon as a girl and young
adult, struggled with anxiety, panic, negativity, fear, insecurity and low self
worth which influenced her to find her true self and begin her journey of self
discovery. Following graduation she moved to a college town in Northern
California where she still resides. She is the Mother of two children and a
partner to her husband, who have been instrumental and powerful teachers for
her. She raised her oldest daughter as a single mother
for 8 years before meeting her husband. She loves to laugh, cultivate joy,
teach, walk, read, bask, write, luxuriate, travel, hike, kayak, dance, sing,
make love, eat good food and so much more!
Professionally Shannon has been in private practice since 1992 as a counselor
where she works with individuals, specializes in couples and is a highly skilled
therapist working with individual, family and organizational systems. She
practices a “non traditional” and non pathological approach, teaching this to
others where she holds the vision of people as always growing to the light, having great yearning and desire to be and feel lovable, creative, empowered, of value, joyful, free and adventuresome.
In our current climate of focusing on diagnosis, behavior, problem and dysfunction, Shannon’s non-pathological approach is a breath of fresh air.
When people experience Shannon they experience an immediate sense of
belonging. She teaches the cultivation of joy and love. As described by someone
who knows her: “Shannon’s razor sharp clarity of vision combined with her
ability to project compassionate love creates a safe, yet extraordinarily
profound space for lightening fast yet deep transformation…if you are ready to
receive it…because Shannon accepts all of herself I feel I have found a space
for all of me.” Shannon has finished her book The Couples Thrival Guide and is
working on a few others with current titles: Thrival Living, Thrival Parenting,
Allowing Slenderness, A Vibrational Guide to Joyfilled Living, Juicy
Morsels-Daily Tidbits to Nourish the Spirit and Authentic Therapy.