Shannon Gunter

LCSW

Shannon has a personal understanding of how challenging it can be to adjust to a new environment. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, she moved to upstate New York in her late teens. In college, she realized that working in mental health would allow her to connect with others and learn about their life stories, an interest she always had growing up. Her work in an in-patient addiction facility reinforced her desire for a career in mental health. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Skidmore College with a double major in social work and dance, she earned her Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University. As a licensed therapist, Shannon especially cares about adolescents and young adults struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders. Shannon enjoys dancing and encourages her clients to pursue activities that give them a sense of mastery and joy.

Therapeutic Approach

Shannon’s interest in the field of addiction is both professional and personal. She also has experience working with individuals experiencing domestic or gender-based violence. She knows how challenging change feels and her goal is to help her clients cope effectively with their external stimuli and find ways to feel more in control during difficult times.

 Shannon utilizes CBT, DBT, and Internal Family System, coupled with a non-judgmental and strengths-based approach with her clients, empowering them to take ownership of their life story so that they can move forward with positive and healthy change. She is also trained in accelerated resolution therapy (ART).  

Specialties

 

  • Addiction, substance use, & other compulsive behaviors
  • Attachment ruptures, challenging family dynamics, inner child exploration
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Codependency
  • Self-compassion, self-esteem, personal growth
  • Life transitions and adjustments
  • Self-harm
  • Emotion dysregulation and mindfulness
  • Trauma, chronic stress
  • Domestic violence
  • Interpersonal effectiveness/relational wellness
  • 12-step model, harm reduction, & moderation management

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