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It's All About the Connection with Your Client and You Either Have it or You Don't

The value and importance of Shannon’s advanced education in psychology, mental health and clinical social work cannot be overstated.  Her credentials are impeccable and verify to the outside world that she is qualified to counsel and treat clients with an extensive array of mental health issues. While credentials, educational degrees and advanced training are important, they don’t define who Shannon Nix, LCSW is, what she stands for or why she decided to dedicate her life to helping others.

Professional Licenses, Degrees & Education

Shannon Nix, LCSW is not your average run-of-the-mill counselor.  Shannon is a unique, caring and extremely dedicated counselor who is comfortable in her own skin, puts the needs and best interests of others above her own.  Shannon strongly believes that  the most effective and expedient method of receiving positive results through counseling is built around a collaborative client/counselor partnership.

The foundation of the partnership is built around  mutual trust, honesty, empathy and understanding, sincerity of purpose and an area of “realness” between the client and the counselor.  Counseling is not meant to feel like an obligation, it is a place where clients can be who they really are.  The area of realness is genuine open space where you have been invited to be “real” with your counselor and Shannon doesn’t care what you say or how you say it as long as you feel safe in doing so.

Some of the most “real” conversations that you will have in your entire lifetime will be with your counselor and if you can’t be real with them, who can you be real with?  Shannon has a unique understanding of what works and doesn’t work for clients and the benefits of counseling are beyond the reach of client’s who don’t form a strong connection with their counselors.

The connection between a client and their counselor is far more important to the long-term success of counseling than the counselor’s education, degrees, training or knowledge will ever be.  The research on the topic is crystal clear and the #1 determining factor in whether or not a client gets better from counseling or therapy is based on how strong their relationship is with their counselor.  If you don’t like your counselor, you’re not going to get better, regardless of how well-trained your counselor is.

Building Strong Connections in “Real” Environments Where Clients Feel Safe to be Themselves

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