Shane attended Ashland Theological Seminary receiving his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He also has an undergraduate degree in Outdoor Education and Leadership, and has hiked, climbed, and rafted throughout North America. It was through wilderness and adventure where he developed a passion for helping others overcome any and all of the challenges that they face in life.
Shane works with kids, adolescents, and adults and can help you or someone you care about. He has experience helping people improve their lives by learning how to cope with and overcome many different types of problems: anxiety, attention and hyperactivity issues, behavioral and conduct issues, self-esteem issues, relationship issues, parenting and co-parenting, substance abuse, depression and mood issues, grief, trauma, and others.
Hearing people's stories is inspiring and I really enjoy helping people see themselves in new ways. I'm a very imaginative person so when clients are sharing the events of their lives with me I get drawn in and they become very real to me. I have a great deal of respect for anyone who's willing to reach out for help especially when that includes sharing experiences that have been hard, painful, embarrassing, or sad. We are all on this journey we call life, and I truly believe that there is value in allowing other people to take part in that journey by sharing your victories, losses, hardships, and tragedies. I'm working everyday to conquer the hurdles and challenges that life has put in my path, and I truly want to hear about what you or someone you love is going through and how it has affected your life. I think that through the sharing and bonding process of therapy you will grow as an individual and begin to uncover a different and better version of yourself.
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When a new client comes into my office it can be a bit overwhelming to simply open up and start talking about the various personal problems going on in your life. If that's the case, I prefer to begin by asking about the various spheres of life and how things are going in each of them (personal, social, professional, family, etc.) As you begin to feel comfortable and open up it paints a picture of what's going on and where we need to go throughout the course of therapy.
Some people have no problem jumping right in and diving into the problem and it's various symptoms. If that's you then that's ok as well.
Basically, no matter who you are or what your problem is, if you've been in therapy for years or if this is your first time, we can move at whatever pace you feel is appropriate. Therapy is the one place where it's all about you! Most relationships have a reciprocal nature to them. You talk for a while and then the other person talks about them, and sometimes it can feel like the other person is just waiting for their turn to talk. In my sessions, you are the only person that matters and I'm here to help you. Most people find it to be a truly exhilirating and connecting experience.
I have a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Ashland University, and I'm an independently licensed professional counselor in the state of Ohio by the board of "S, Counselors, Social workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists"