Meet Shannon Carl
If you’ve reached this page in search of help, I commend you for exploring your options. Life can become complicated in ways we’ve never imagined. I’ve chosen the path of a counselor because I believe that professional counseling can be transformative.
I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern under the clinical supervision of Dr. Ryan D. Foster. I graduated from Tarleton State University with a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in May 2018. I have formal education and training to work with adults, teenagers, groups, and couples using a combination of mental health and human development principles and techniques, including the use of psychotherapy, to achieve your mental, emotional, physical, social, educational, spiritual, or career-related development and adjustment. My own mid-life career pivot from 14 years as an adjunct faculty member at Baylor University to Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern is a direct result of my own experiences in counseling as a client. I’ve been there too. I’m grateful for the skills and companionship of professional counseling that supported and empowered me during my difficult seasons, and now I am honored to pass this gift along to you.
I counsel from a Gestalt perspective which means I believe people possess the strength and ability to solve their own problems, heal, and grow. I view my role as a skilled companion to you, the client, through your personal and unique process of self-discovery and integration of newfound information into daily life. Though we will likely discuss significant past events or concerns for the future, therapy will be experiential and focused in the present moment. My hope for you is that this full attention to your experiences will lead you into new awareness of yourself, and from this new experience you will access your own inner and outer resources to make the changes you see fit.
Additionally, I have training in the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy. When the focus is on a couple rather than an individual, I will integrate the evidence-based assessments and interventions into therapy.
I’m open to the integration of spirituality into the counseling process, as you, the client, see fit. This might involve a specific religious tradition, or it might not, as spirituality broadly encompasses the cultivation of meaning and purpose in life. Furthermore, my 14 years of teaching experience include instruction in sex education, including teaching an undergraduate course in human sexuality. As a result, I am prepared and especially interested in assisting clients with issues related to sexuality including, but not limited to LGBTQ individuals and those affected by sexual abuse or assault.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know a little about me. I invite you to contact me with any further questions before scheduling an appointment.
Shannon Carl, MS, LPC-Intern