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Meet Shanty

Career Background and Qualifications


Career Background

Hello and welcome! I'm Shanty - owner, therapist, and wellness educator. With over a dozen years of experience and having helped thousands of clients improve their lives, I am here to help you reclaim your life!

While in grad school in the metro Portland, Oregon area, I interned as a domestic violence and crisis counselor and did a lot of work with anxiety, trauma, and PTSD issues.


Back in Michigan, I spent most of the last 12 years working in substance abuse and mental/behavioral health in both residential and outpatient programs and was even a clinical supervisor for 5 years. As a supervisor I trained other clinicians and oversaw their clinical work.

I hold the following degrees:

  • MA in Counseling Psychology - Pacific University, Oregon, 2009
  • BA in Psychology - Aquinas College, Michigan, 2007
  • AA in Criminal Justice - Lansing Community College, Michigan, 2006
  • AA in Psychology - Lansing Community College, Michigan, 2004


As a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Michigan I am also a certified:

  • Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC)
  • Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)
  • Advanced Grief Counseling Specialist (CAGCS)
  • Addictions Certification Supervisor (CCS)
  • Michigan LPC Licensing Supervisor
In addition to the above, I am also specially trained in
  • Working with military personnel with PTSD and struggling to re-acclimate
  • Domestic violence work
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (C-DBT)
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • And more...

Treatment Focus and Specialties



Abuse/Domestic Violence

Anxiety Issues

Career/School Issues


Life Stressors/Burnout

Personal Growth/Self-Worth


Relationship Issues

Substance/Behavioral Addiction


Women's Issues


Aging and Geriatrics

Alzheimer's/Memory Issues

Behavioral Issues

Bipolar Disorder

Body Image

Borderline Personality Disorder

Chronic Illness/Pain/Medical Diagnosis


Family Conflict/Stressors

Friend/Peer Issues

Health Issues

Intimate Relationships

Mood Instability

School Concerns

Sexual Abuse/Assault

Spiritual Exploration


...and more...

Call (517) 221-9522 to Schedule

Integrating Approaches to fit your Individualized Needs

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Attachment Based Therapies

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Emotion Focused Therapies

Experiential Based Therapies

Exposure and Desensitization (ED)

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)

Humanistic Approaches

Mindfulness and Motivational Approaches

Narrative Therapies

Person-Centered Approaches

Positive Psychology Approaches

Solution Focused and Brief Therapies (SFBT)

Somatic and Body Approaches (e.g. Polyvagel)

Strength Based Approaches

Systems Approach

Trauma Focused (TF-CBT)

...and more...

Call (517) 221-9522 to Take the Next Step

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