Individual therapy is a series of one-on-one weekly sessions over a finite period of time that focus on you, the individual.
Couples therapy is a series of weekly sessions over a finite period of time that focuses on you and your partner as a couple.
Family therapy is a series of regular sessions over a finite period of time that focuses on the individual’s role within the family unit.
Shanna Larson-Paola is committed to helping people live a balanced life. Her approach to counseling involves the many aspects of being – relational, physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual – and bringing all of these into harmony to empower a life that is focused, purposeful, and productive. Shanna gets to the bottom of experiences from the past, reframing and overcoming old beliefs and patterns of behavior that are barriers to achieving future goals. She helps clients listen deep to become aware of self-talk that can be debilitating in order to restructure the internal conversation, tapping into an authentic voice that is encouraging and energizing for the individual.
Drawing on personal experience allows Shanna to bring a unique presence to her encounters with clients. Born and raised in the Midwest, she’s been in Arizona for the past 16 years. As a teenager and young adult she was on the receiving end of therapy struggling with bulimia, she is very proud of her over 20 years in recovery from her eating disorder, and now enjoys sharing her past and her current perspective to those in active struggle with body image issues. After nearly two decades of marriage, she knows the day-to-day realities of being a wife and working mother. Her older son has cystic fibrosis so she knows firsthand the joys and challenges that accompany a chronic illness. She lost her mother to pancreatic cancer in 2005 and has experienced tremendous loss in her family of origin, including both parents and several close family members over the past twelve years. Her life has been a story of profound beauty and heartbreaking loss. Through it all, she has held firm to the belief that life is what she creates, that each of us is responsible to own our personal situations and to make the best of them.
Direct and compassionate, she tells it like it is as she leads clients toward a more positive and optimistic viewpoint. She concurs with Henry Ford that “…if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” She uses her expertise to help clients adopt new behaviors and skill sets that allow them to make the changes necessary to create the lives they want.
Shanna has a B.S. in Family Studies from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, and a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (AZBBHE). Her areas of specialty are adolescent issues, addictions, women’s issues, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, OCD, ADD, self-esteem issues, self-empowerment, bereavement, end of life, trauma and deprivation issues.
If you are ready to start doing things differently, ready for change, ready to transform, ready to create balance in your life, contact Shanna today to schedule an appointment.