Jena – The Person As a person, I show up to my office with an understanding of my own humanness. I have my own counselor because I believe in the value (and sometimes magic) of counseling. I find healing in artwork, writing, music, and creating. I named my child after a Phish song. I reload the dishwasher after my family loads it up the first time. I am perfectly imperfect, and I want to help you embrace and make friends with that part of yourself, too.
Jena – The Counselor As a counselor, I provide structure, goal setting and deep emotional work. I am not a run-of-the-mill general counselor. I can certainly work with most mental health struggles, but I am sought out for my specialty work. As it turns out, many of the folks who see me for anxiety or depression wind up sharing that the roots of their current feelings stem from a history of addiction, trauma, or grief as well.
I work with trauma because I am a survivor of complex trauma.
I work with addiction because it has ripped its way through my family system. I have seen hope firsthand and I want to share that with you, too.
I work with grief because I have experienced pain that is so, so deep, and I know how it feels to adjust after loss.
Jena – The Lifelong Learner As a professional, I'm a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, a National Certified Counselor, a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist-Individual and a bunch of other titles that mean I've studied a lot and put some time and effort into my career and passion. I know that the "alphabet soup" of my certifications and licensure isn't all that meaningful to most people. More importantly, throughout my career, I have learned how to walk alongside my clients, trudging through shame, grief, and trauma while identifying and overcoming self-defeating behaviors along the way.
I specialize in trauma-informed therapy. I take an eclectic approach using therapy styles that include:
Inner child work
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
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Nina Shanahan 2022- 2023 Clinical Student Intern Wake Forest University (she/her/hers)
Nina – The Clinical Student Intern
Nina is a third year masters in counseling student at Wake Forest University. She has experience working with people suffering from depression and anxiety. Nina is also interested in working with LGBTQ+ clients. She has a welcoming and kind presence that will put you at ease. Your sessions are about you, and Nina knows that. She will do her best to understand your unique issues from your perspective and use techniques that work for you. Nina looks forward to meeting with you!
Nina – The Person
Nina has a retired racing greyhound as a pet. Her name is Missy and she’s 5. She enjoys baking, fitness, and spending time with family & friends. She considers herself an intersectional feminist, supports BLM, and is LGBTQ+ affirming.
Nina will start taking on clients in August 2022. Click the link below to learn more about our Clinical Intern Program and to get on our waitlist!
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