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Shanna Severn, LPC, MS, NCC, EMDR

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Meet the Counselor


Shanna is a Licensed Professional Counselor & National Certified Counselor who specializes in Depression, Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Life Transitions, and Grief and Loss. 


She recognizes each person's life experiences are unique and these experiences have led each person to where he or she is today. Everyone has had to develop skills over the course of their life in order to cope with difficulties and evolve as a person. However, the skills that helped in the past may not be the skills needed for new life experiences and difficulties.


Shanna takes into account each person's cultural background, family dynamic, relationships, social environment, spiritual beliefs and biological factors, as these are crucial to understanding the person as a whole. She understands that when one of these areas is out of balance, people are more vulnerable to stress. Stress is a prime factor in emotional and physical health. When coping skills for stress are not as effective as they once were, people become more susceptible for experiencing emotional difficulties such as depression, anxiety, anger, low self esteem and compassion. Stress can also strain relationships and contribute to medical issues.

“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.”
― Sigmund Freud

Therapeutic Approach


Shanna view's the therapeutic relationship as collaborative in nature, where appropriate goals and solutions are determined together. She uses a strength-based approach, as she believes you are the expert in your life. Her professional assistance is to attend to your thoughts and feelings, offer support and encouragement, and help you develop skills to guide you back to your inner strengths and capabilities.


Theoretical Orientation


Shanna's theoretical orientations include: Adlerian Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered, and Existential whilst incorporating mind-body techniques. 




Shanna has been in the health field since 2003 and has found that using a holistic approach to mental health wellness is very successful for the people she works with.


Shanna has worked  with adolescents and adults in 5 different residential counseling treatment centers. Each treatment center had a specific treatment focus: mood and behavioral disorders, eating disorders, dual diagnosis and severe and persistent mental illness. She has also worked in a community based counseling program for survivors of domestic violence, which focused on group and individual therapy. Treatment involved addressing safety,  self esteem, enhancing support, empowerment, acute and post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression. She has experience working within a hospital setting for those in acute crisis: which include suicidal ideation, major depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders and schizophrenia. For the past eleven years, Shanna has been working in private practice with a focus on depression, anxiety, panic attacks, relationship concerns, low self-esteem/compassion, post-traumatic stress disorder, life transitions and grief and loss. She has also completed Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) training. 


Shanna  is a Licensee with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists


The Board's contact information is:

Board of Counselors and Therapists

3218 Pringle Rd SW #250, Salem, Oregon 97302





In Shanna's spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her dogs, reading, traveling, and learning new things.

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