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COUNSELOR OF THE MONTH JOHN COTHRON

Each month Gilstrap & Associates will feature one member from our firm.  We hope to give you an insight into their personal and professional lives by asking them a few quick questions.

The May, 2017 Featured Counselor of the Month is
Shannon Hargrave, LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor #14405

Orlando Counselor Shannon HargraveTell us about your education and professional counseling experience.

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. My journey first started in 2006 as a Youth Director at a church. I realized that the teens and parents I ministered to needed more help than what my education and experience were, so I went back to get my master’s degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University. During that time I also gained experience working with teen girls in the areas of conflict resolution, anger management, substance abuse and low self-esteem.

Orlando Counselor Shannon HargraveI continued my counseling journey by doing intensive in-home counseling for families with youth at risk of being placed out of the home or who had just been placed back into the family home. I have also worked with parents that have substance abuse issues that resulted in DCF involvement and helped them overcome their addictions to become reunited with their children.

I have spent two years of my life living overseas. One year living in England where I helped develop a drug education program for high school students that we taught in the schools around Liverpool. The second year I spent 11 months in 11 different countries doing a wide array of mission work such as teaching English, farming, camps for kids, working with homeless populations, and encouraging missionaries.

I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communication from Flagler College in 2004 and a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2008.

What would you say has been the most significant life experience (past or present) that has shaped your counseling direction?

My own personal experience with depression and anxiety.

FB_IMG_1474417680964What can a client expect working with you as their counselor?

I client can always expect to receive empathy, acceptance, and a judgment free experience in each session. I believe in working with my clients to help them walk through their pain and struggles and to develop the tools and resources necessary to make the changes they need in their life to be healed and healthy.

What would you consider your specialties in counseling?

I specialize in working with teens, children and families. The areas I am experienced in are depression, self-injury, parenting issues, teen issues, anxiety, anger management, low self-esteem and poor communication skills. I also have experience working with addictions in both teens and adults.

Orlando Counselor Shannon HargraveWhat do you like to do for fun when you’re not counseling?

I love to read, be outside, go to the beach, paddle board, and spend time with my husband and two dogs. We are big FSU fans and spend time attending games in Tallahassee. I have a huge passion for traveling both in the U.S. and abroad. I have been to 30 countries so far and can’t wait to see more. My faith is important to me and am active in my church.

For more information about Shannon,
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