12 Years Exp
12 Years Exp
Hello! My name is Shannon Burdick, LCSW and I want to thank you for your interest in therapy with me. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and I received my Bachelors & Masters degrees in Social Work from Rutgers University. I have worked in the mental health field in various capacities such as individual and group therapy, adult and adolescent PHP, substance use disorder treatment programs, as well as hospital and primary care settings. I have experience working with diverse populations of all ages and cultural backgrounds. My goal is to provide a safe space for you to comfortably express yourself and be met with compassion and understanding. Together, we will develop a therapeutic relationship in which you will receive consistency, empathy, and feedback that assists you in meeting your goals. I am very down-to-earth and relatable, as I have had my own experiences and challenges with relationships, family, parenting, and this ongoing journey of working to better ourselves. Let’s talk!
I once worked with a client for about a year who struggled enormously with anxiety and depression as a result of childhood trauma and a pattern of unstable relationships. Through our work together, they were able to identify and reconstruct unhelpful automatic thoughts as well as process and reframe hurtful experiences from the past. They were able to successfully set boundaries, experience an acceptance of themselves and the past, and develop a higher self-esteem which led to forming more healthy relationships.
Though every person’s situation is unique, I generally approach the counseling process from a Psychodynamic framework to help my clients understand their underlying, subconscious motivations for their actions, both positive and negative. We will also spend time working on ways to cope with life’s current circumstances in a way that feels safe and promotes stability.
My first session will center around getting to know the client as a person and what feels most urgent for them. I will ask some general background questions about family history and dynamics as well as what the client is looking accomplish in therapy. I usually explain that therapy is an individual process and what my role in that process will be. Lastly, we will discuss a convenient time to schedule our sessions and how to communicate with each other outside of our scheduled appointments.
I love getting to know my clients and learning how they have experienced life up to this point. I find different perspectives and personalities fascinating and genuinely enjoy the conversations I have with clients. I feel very fortunate that this profession allows me to listen and respond with kindness in some of the most vulnerable times clients may experience. I believe that people and relationships (with others and ourselves) are the most valuable resource we have in this world and my motivation to be a therapist comes from that appreciation.
What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?
Therapy with me is a collaborative and restorative experience where we will examine what you identify as the problem or something you want to change. Sometimes just feeling seen and heard is helpful for many people. I like to make therapy feel like a conversation as opposed to a doctor’s visit. I will teach you evidence-based techniques to integrate the mind, body, spirit, and emotions so that you feel confident coping with all that life presents to you. I believe that you are the expert in your own life and probably have many of the answers inside of you already. You can expect support, validation, patience, and acceptance as we figure it out together!
What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?
I have the ability to draw from several different modalities during your treatment and as we go along, I will apply theories and techniques from evidence-based models at the appropriate times. I will always educate and inform you of which modality my suggestions or observations are rooted in because I believe it helps you understand yourself more. I also believe that every person has the right to be informed about their treatment so that they may feel more empowered to make decisions and ask questions. You will find that I largely lean on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (improving/changing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation) and Psychodynamics (how our past experiences cause/influence our current behavior). In addition, I may also utilize Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Attachment-Based Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy.
Explain to clients what you feel are your biggest strengths
I believe my biggest strength is my capability to listen, understand, and build rapport with others. I have always had a very open mind and genuinely believe there is space enough for everyone in this world. Over the years I have become very good at re-framing and examining things from all angles. As we work together, I will start to see patterns emerge that may help you understand yourself better. Many of my clients appreciate that they feel comfortable enough to be themselves around me during the therapy process. I feel extremely honored to be trusted with things that are really hard to talk about and take enormous amounts of courage to bring into the present. I look forward to meeting you, getting to know you, and walking the road of healing with you!