Shannon Brandes, LMHC, CCMHC
I am a licensed and Board Certified Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida and New York and a Board Certified Tele-Mental Health Counselor. I received my Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Medaille College in Buffalo, NY. I also received my Bachelors in Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology from Wichita State University. Currently, I am working towards obtaining certification to work as a Florida Supreme Court Family Mediator.
My experience includes treating adults of all ages in a variety of settings to include forensics and outpatient adult mental health. A variety of mental health concerns that I address include, but are not limited to, anxiety, depression, phase of life problems, relationships issues (couples and families), and substance use disorders. I feel very strongly about developing and treating a person holistically, meaning that a person’s mental, physical and spiritual health is all considered when trying to restore balance. My personal approach to counseling is one in which the client takes a pro-active stance to their well-being knowing that there is work to be done in order to regain balance and restore their well-being. Working with me as your counselor, means that you will need to be active in taking control of your well-being and I will be the facilitator to help you reach your personal goals.
I utilize various counseling theories and techniques to tailor each session to my client’s needs. I derive counseling techniques from a variety of approaches to include Cognitive Behavioral, Choice Theory, Behavioral, and Motivational Interviewing. When, or if desired, physical wellness can be a focus as I am a Certified Personal Trainer. Christian counseling is also an option if this is desired of my clients. You can be sure that when you walk into my office, you will be treated with the utmost respect and will not need to fear being judged. It is my desire to walk with you on your journey to help you reach every goal you set for yourself.
A little about me…. I am married with four children ranging from ten to 32 years old. I come with a lot of life experience that fosters my ability to connect with my clients on a deeper level. I am originally from Upstate NY and have moved around the country a few times gaining some wonderful experiences. We moved here to Florida one year ago and we are enjoying the warmth, water and sunshine that this state always seems to provide. My passion is leading a life that is filled with healthy choices, especially when it comes to nutrition and physical wellness.