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. I have experience working with clients presenting with depression, anxiety, difficulties with life adjustments, addiction, sexual trauma, and domestic violence. My own mid-life career pivot from 14 years as adjunct faculty in higher education to counseling is in part a result of my own experiences in counseling as a client. I’ve been there too. I’m grateful for my experience as a client in professional counseling, and now I am honored to pass this gift along to you.
I believe a safe and healthy relationship built on trust is the environment in which healing and growth occurs, and my hope is to create this with you. I counsel from a Gestalt perspective which means I believe people possess the inner strength and abilities to solve their own problems, heal, and grow. I also realize that pain, tragedy, and chaos undermine our ability to access these resources from time to time, and that at some point we all need help. I propose that professional counseling increases a person’s access to these inner resources, and I view my role as a skilled companion to you. My ultimate hope is that you feel safe enough to explore, to be challenged, to heal, and to grow.
While I am open to treating a wide variety of presenting problems, my areas of special interest with clients are problems related to spirituality and sexuality. I define spirituality broadly as the cultivation of meaning and purpose in life, and not necessarily tied to any religious tradition. Simply stated, I welcome clients of all religious traditions and those who do not identify with a religious tradition. My clinical interest in sexuality comes from 14 years of teaching sex education in the community and in higher education. As an educator, I learned that people experience tender and tentative growth and development over the lifespan in their sexual development. I respect individuals’ unique paths of growth and development, and I’m l eager to support clients in their journey. All sexual orientations and gender identities are welcome.
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