Shannon Smith, LCMHCA

Shannon Smith, LCMHCA

Google Review
September 2021
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Our daughter started seeing Shannon Smith for anxiety about 7 months ago. The pandemic only exacerbated her anxiety. She struggled just going to school every day - especially on Mondays. She was grateful that we recognized that she needed some extra help and somebody to talk to. Shannon made this new experience so easy. Shannon is so down to earth and easy to talk to that my daughter started having less anxiety almost immediately. Her confidence grew and anxiety started to fade with every visit. She just started high school and we had concerns that it would be hard for her, but instead, our daughter now tells us that she "loves school". To hear her say that now is truly amazing. And we owe that to Shannon. She is attentive, a good listener, and has given our daughter the tools necessary to overcome stressful situations and life, in general. We highly recommend Shannon! We feel we made a great decision to choose counseling and in selecting Shannon.
Google Review
July 2021
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Shannon has been a bright spot for our daughter. She has been struggling with anxiety and depression for quite a while. L&B was one of the only practices we could find that was meeting with patients in person during the pandemic. This was important, as my daughter did not feel comfortable going online. Shannon's approach is refreshing and she recognized different ways to connect, that she noticed during their time together. We have noticed a vast improvement in our daughters depression. Would absolutely recommend Shannon to others. I have also recommended this practice in general.
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April 2021
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Shannon has been incredible throughout my therapy experience and continuing to do an amazing job. I had been to other therapists before but truly felt like she and I just clicked during the first session. Through tears and laughs, she is a constant support while I struggle with symptoms of depression and anxiety. Each session, I'm learning new tactics that I can apply to my daily life and outlook. From my first session to now, my quality of life has seen a positive impact.
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Shannon SmithHi 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.Shannon Smith Water

 
I like to use three aspects to explain my approach: ways of being, ways of understanding, and ways of working. For ways of being, Person-Centered Therapy and Gestalt Therapy best describe my therapeutic presence with clients. I find empathy, unconditional positive regard, and genuineness to be at the core of building rapport with clients. It is in my therapeutic nature to provide clients with these conditions. At the same time, I often use immediacy to point out and process clients’ thoughts and emotions in the here-and-now. Next, I tend to conceptualize clients from both an Adlerian and a Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy lens; I try to understand clients’ concerns and symptoms based on their development, childhood experiences, and defining or adverse events experienced while looking for self-defeating patterns and behaviors. Lastly, I use the client’s diagnosis and culture to decide on the best possible plan of action, pulling from evidenced-based literature. My counseling style takes into consideration the individual differences and developmental stage of each client. My approach is often eclectic, as it is important for me to match a treatment plan with the specific client as closely as possible, so that optimal change can occur.
 
Shannon and dog

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.