Shannon Lee is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Shannon has over 26 years experience working with children and families in various settings. Shannon has worked with high profile families, including royalty, traveling to different countries, broadening her understanding and appreciation for cultural variety and cultural differences that exist in the world.
She has over 16 years experience working as a therapist with a highly diverse population of individuals, couples, children, adolescents and families. Shannon has a positive supportive manner with a direct solution focused approach. Shannon is down to earth and uses laughter, humor, art, music and creativity to reach children, adolescents and adults.
Her focus is in the present. Working with each client to purge past painful experiences, coaching each client to acquire and apply skills to help them improve functioning and decrease maladaptive symptoms. She believes that each client is unique and tailors each session to that client and their needs. She collaborates with the individual concerning goals and works toward assisting them in meeting their goals to live life fully with a positive outlook.
She will work to empower each client, using a nonjudgmental enthusiastic approach. Open discussion of direction of the session will help the client meet their needs and goals, while gentle confrontation of issues supports change as appropriate to increase coping skills and awareness.
Shannon has extensive experience working with children and adolescents. She has worked with children and teens from privileged backgrounds to those underprivileged, lacking resources and family support. Shannon has run several residential group homes (Level 12) for nearly 10 years, with a diverse population of children and teens placed in residential care due to severe behavioral and emotional problems. She has worked with abused, neglected and delinquent children as well as children and teens struggling with teen issues and parent conflict. She has worked closely with the Department of Probation and other community organizations, collaborating to promote juveniles to acquire skills to assist them to make healthy choices and move forward confidently in their lives, to reunite with their families and be successful in the home, community and school settings.
Her work with parents is to encourage them to gain positive parenting skills. She works closely with each parent, modeling and coaching use of effective communication skills to increase positive interactions with children. Encouragement to parents includes using a positive and practical approach with children. Support to parents to validate, and understand their children, as well as increasing consistency, follow through and positive parenting techniques provides an encouraging environment. Encouragement to parents includes taking responsibility for parenting, receiving and accepting support to implement new strategies, resulting in improved relationships.
The therapeutic environment provided is warm, caring and confidential, focusing on client therapist relationship and effective treatment. Depending upon presenting information and goals, Shannon will use several treatment modalities to assist each client with improving functioning. Using the well researched, effective methods of cognitive-behavioral therapy, including DBT and several other treatment modalities, tailored to suit the client. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy-D.B.T. is an evidence based approach for effectively treating impulsive behavior, oppositional defiant behavior, and self-injuring behavior. Originally designed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was specifically used for individuals with self-harm behaviors such as self-cutting, suicide thoughts, urges to suicide and suicide attempts. More recent use of DBT, addresses other problems including anxiety, eating disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and alcohol and drug problems. DBT is an “empirically supported treatment,” researched in clinical trials and shown to be effective in reducing self-harm behaviors and emotional dyscontrol. Trained in DBT, Shannon uses this modality, or components of this modality when working with many of her clients. Other approaches for treatment include eclectic, humanistic, positive psychology, parent coaching, family/marital therapy, and existential. Approach for treatment depends upon each client and their presenting problems and goals.
When Shannon is not working, she is surfing, creating, making art or music. Shannon also appreciates education and learning and is regularly pursuing educational goals. Currently she continues to pursue her doctorate with a plan to continue to help children, teens, parents and families. Providing effective treatment, and staying informed with current developments, and research in psychology is necessary and rewarding for Shannon.