About the Therapist
Equine Therapy & Learning
Shannon has enjoyed her own horses for over 30 years and in 2008 she found a way to conbine her professional skills as a therapist and her love of horses by becoming certified in both Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning. Together with the equine professional, she offered equine assisted services in a variety of different settings.
Shannon Spellman is also an author and offered free suggestions on various separate sites for stress management and recovery, adult survivors of incest and sexual abuse, and for parents of adolescents. These free suggestions were posted monthly for years at the following respective sites:www.calmingmeditations.com www.survivorssuggestions.com www.forparentsofadolescents.com
As an author and therapist, she has also published self-help booklets and pamphlets for parents of adolescents and for incest survivors, as well as relaxation and guided imagery audio CD's for stress management, recovery, and personal growth. To view all of the various products available for purchase, visit www.hidingstar.com
Shannon K. Spellman, M.S.W.
Shannon K. Spellman served as a master's level therapist in private practice with over 40 years of clinical experience. She holds a Master's of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Iowa and was a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) and a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC) in Arizona until her retirement in 2020. She also maintained state, national, and international certifications. See a complete list of her previous professional credentials and affiliations at the bottom of this page.
Shannon was highly skilled at creating a therapeutic relationship conducive to change with both adolescents and adults often helping clients to achieve success when they have not benefitted from previous attempts in therapy. Having been trained in a variety of methodogies, she chose techniques to specifically address each client's unique individual therapeutic needs rather than using the same approach for all based on the presenting problem. In this way, clients were treated with respect and dignity and treatment planning allowed for individualized clinical assessment.
She provided individual, couples', family, and group psychotherapy, treating both mental health and substance abuse problems. Shannon is certified in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning and offered adjunct Equine Assisted Psychotherapy for adults, adolescents, families, couples, and groups. Equine Assisted Learning was also available for personal growth or leadership and development. Shannon was also trained in both traditional and invitational interventions and helped families and employers to design individualized intervention packages that had the best possible chance of successful entry into treatment and continuing recovery for addictions and other dangerous behavioral issues.
Specialty areas included treatment for adolescent and adult survivors of incest and sexual abuse, addictions, codependency, and recovery issues, interventions, challenging adolescents and family systems, posttraumatic stress disorder, adolescent life cycle issues, and family of origin issues. Additional practice areas included anxiety, depression, grief and loss, eating disorders, stress management, marital and couples' issues, personal growth and coaching services.
Seminars and occasional Weekend Intensive Workshops and Retreats were also offered. In addition to her professional qualifications, Shannon is also highly committed to her own recovery and personal growth. She gently and appropriately blended together her personal experience and professional skill in a nurturing manner that allowed for clients to safely heal and move forward in their lives.
Shannon also provided consultation, offered presentations, and facilitated training workshops for other professionals on various topics. She utilized a down to earth yet professional style, in both her therapy practice and her training that allowed the participants to feel comfortable and relaxed.
Previous Professional Credentials & Affiliations:
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
- Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT)
- Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC)
- Certified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP)
- Arizona Certified Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor (CADAC)
- Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (ICADC)
- Clinically Certified Juvenile Treatment Specialist
- Certified in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)
and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL)
- Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner (SEP)
- Trained in EMDR
- Trained as an ARISE Interventionist
- NASW Diplomate in Clinical Social Work
- Member - Academy of Certified Social Workers
- American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy - Clinical Member
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