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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 offers equine assisted services in a variety of different settings.


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The therapist is also an author and offers 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 are posted monthly and can be viewed at the following respective sites:


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


Shannon K. Spellman, M.S.W., LCSW, LISAC, LMFT

Therapist PhotoShannon K. Spellman is 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 is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) and a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC) in Arizona.  She also maintains state, national, and international certifications. See a complete list of her professional credentials and affiliations at the bottom of this page.

Shannon is 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 chooses 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 are treated with respect and dignity and treatment planning allows for individualized clinical assessment.

She provides individual, couples', family, and group psychotherapy, treating both mental health and substance abuse problems.  Shannon is certified in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning and offers adjunct Equine Assisted Psychotherapy for adults, adolescents, families, couples, and groups. Equine Assisted Learning is also available for personal growth or leadership and development. Shannon is also trained in both traditional and invitational interventions helping families and employers to design individualized intervention packages that have the best possible chance of successful entry into treatment and continuing recovery for addictions and other dangerous behavioral issues.

Specialty areas include 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 include 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 are also offered.  In addition to her professional qualifications, Shannon is also highly committed to her own recovery and personal growth.  She gently and appropriately blends together her personal experience and professional skill in a nurturing manner that allows for clients to safely heal and move forward in their lives.

Shannon also provides consultation, offers presentations, and facilitates training workshops for other professionals on various topics. She utilizes a down to earth yet professional style, in both her therapy practice and her training that allows the participants to feel comfortable and relaxed.


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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