MA, MS, LPCC, NCC
I am the mother of three wonderful children who bring me indescribable happiness. Beyond the joys of motherhood I have found a deeper meaning to life by helping my community. Through my work with the public I have an appreciation for finding the positive aspects of life in the little details. Finding beauty and peace through nature allows me to take in the sweet song of the rain and appreciate the colors that follow. I continue to be inspired by the strength of nature and the people of this world.
My educational background includes a Bachelor of Art in Sociology, a Certificate in Deaf Studies, both from Shawnee State University, a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati, and a Master’s of Art in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. The educational topics of these degrees have allowed me the opportunities to learn about different cultures, genders, religion, and socioeconomic classes. The exposure to these areas allow me to work with various people and encourage me to continue to learn about new areas of diversity.
I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, have training different counseling theories and models including but not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Reality Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Play-Based Therapy, Sand Tray-Based Interventions, Person Centered Therapy, and I am in the process of completing my EMDR Training. The training I have received has helped me provide care for people with depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, and PTSD just to name a few. In addition to training in specific diagnosis and theories, I am an ally to the LGBTQ+ community. While I am not part of the community I am a mother to a member. I am comfortable with working with individuals who identify as different cultures, genders, sexuality, religions, and I am willing to learn about other situations that may occur.
Random Facts About Shayla:
~ I am a trained belly dancer.
~ I am a natural redhead.
~ Kayaking on the river is my happy place.
~ One of my bucket list items is to swim with sharks.
~ I taught myself to paint.