Shannon Smith, LCMHCA
Hi there! My name is Shannon, and I am an LCMHCA. I grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia and then attended Virginia Tech, where I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development. After graduating, I moved back to the Hampton Roads area to attend Old Dominion University for my master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. I recently moved to Charlotte to join my fiancé in this beautiful city.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, walking my dog, being anywhere outdoors, and practicing water sports such as wakeboarding and slalom skiing. I have two nieces and a nephew who I absolutely adore, and my dog, Petey, makes me a proud dog Mom. I love the beach but also enjoy hiking in the mountains and spending boating days on lakes. I learned to waterski when I was only 7 years old.
I believe that individuals hold the key to solving life’s issues but sometimes need the assistance of others to help pull out those strengths and provide support along the way; I have a passion for supporting clients on this journey of self-awareness and growth. I firmly believe that we do not have to face life alone and that seeking help is a sign of strength, showing one’s desire to make a change. Not only is this a strength but it also supports the movement towards breaking down the stigma that exists around seeing a counselor. As a therapeutic presence can be the most beneficial healing tool, I strive to be just that for clients, if nothing else. In addition, I aim to help clients increase awareness of their emotional state while providing a comfortable and supportive space to do so. Counseling goals will be created collaboratively and based on each individual’s need at the time.