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Meet the Therapists

Meet Shanaci, LPC

Shanaci has a successful practice in the Collin County area. She has always had a passion for helping people work through the struggles they face in life, set goals for change, and accomplish those goals.

 

It takes courage to go through counseling and face what you are going through, and she is here to walk alongside you and to help provide the tools to do so.

 

Shanaci offers research-based counseling and techniques to help guide and support her clients in a confidential and relaxed setting. 

Through her extensive background of training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), she has gained much knowledge to help in providing the tools and skills in guiding couples, teens, and individuals to work through the struggles they face day to day and from their past. Because every client is unique in personality and background, Shanaci is able to tailor her services to fit the clients needs and situation. 

In her free time, Shanaci enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons by traveling, going to the movies, or trying new restaurants. Shanaci’s faith plays a big role in her life and she is active in her church. Being a native of Colorado, she enjoys traveling back home whenever possible to visit family and the Rocky Mountains. Shanaci has always had a love for counseling and helping clients achieve the change they deserve in life. ​

Meet Vanessa, LPC-Associate

Supervised by Mysti Hively, LPC-S

Even at a young age, Vanessa has always exhibited a heart towards helping others. She strives to foster hope and encouragement while working with teens, adults, couples, and LGBTQ members who struggle with anxiety, depression, stress, self-worth, trauma, grief, relationship issues, substance use disorders, and managing unexpected life trials.

 

Vanessa utilizes an eclectic approach tailored towards your individual needs and preferences. Although her therapeutic approach stems from Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Vanessa incorporates additional methods and techniques from various counseling models. Her objective is to create an empathic and safe environment free of judgment that allows you an opportunity for reflection, healing, and growth.

 

Additionally, Vanessa is passionate about work with women, men, and couples who have experienced grief in various forms, including miscarriages, infertility, abortion recovery, adoption recovery, foster-care placement, and more. If requested, Vanessa also provides Christian counseling.

Vanessa graduated with her Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling at Amberton University in Garland, TX. She also works at The Samaritan Inn in McKinney, TX,  where she helps residents gain dignity and hope during their season of homelessness. Previously, Vanessa has volunteered at LifeTalk Pregnancy Resource Center in Frisco, TX as a client advocate. She has experience working with individuals from various ethnicities, cultures, and mental health diagnoses. Vanessa would love an opportunity to meet you and help you find joy by removing the obstacles that keep you from experiencing fulfillment in life.

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