Contact Information

Phone:

253.752.1860 X323

Website:

www.shonnaporter.com

Shonna's Intake Forms

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Shonna Porter, LMHC
 

Credentials:

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Physiology from Western Washington University in May 1995 and a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in May 2007. I am a trained Lifespan Integration Counselor and a member of the ACA (American Counseling Association). In addition to counseling I am certified through NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), ACE (American Council on Exercise), AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) and have been a fitness, health and wellness instructor, coach, presenter, author and consultant since 1994.

Areas of Clinical Experience and Interest:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Domestic Violence, oppression, verbal and emotional abuse. Gaslighting and unhealthy or toxic patterns that keep clients in fear or anxiety or questioning themselves
  • Addiction, which everyone has to some degree. Drugs and alcohol, food, working, shopping, pills, sexual addiction etc.
  • Family of Origin work and past trauma
  • Eating Disorders
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Marraige Counseling
  • Trauma
  • Infidelity
  • Somatic and regression therapy. (letting the body lead to find old trauma, and the patterns you have created as a result)
  • Spiritual Guidance
  • Depth Therapy

 

Biographical Information:

Shonna works with a variety of clients to help improve the quality of their life. She has been a columnist for several publications including Gig Harbor Life, The Edge, Personal Training on the Net, the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Yogafit, and a variety of wellness publications. In addition, she has been on radio broadcasts and speaks nationally on a variety of health and wellness related topics.

She teaches workshops for married couples and individuals to live a more authentic and emotionally satisfying life and offers group counseling, yoga therapy and Lifespan Integration as well as psychosomatic approaches in therapy. She has been a keynote speaker for several events. Topics like sexual abuse, pedophilia, infidelity, healthy sex in marriage. Connection over contempt, finding safe people and the power and need to create boundaries.

Shonna's realistic, goal oriented, and relational approach to comprehensive health and wellness has helped hundreds of clients improve the quality of their life, break free from addiction, depression and eating disorders, overcome trauma, patterns from family of origin, find peace, and attain happiness and freedom. Although life is a journey not a destination and filled with suffering and celebration, Shonna considers it a privilege and is humbled to work organically with everyone who finds help in her care.

Therapeutic Style:

My training is primarily Object Relations Therapy, meaning I am a relational therapist who uses relational patterns, attachment patterns, family of origin, story and somatic responses, and emotional relatedness to explore where there may be "dis-ease" in your life. According to my theory, many of our deepest issues are rooted in relationship. In addition to Lifespan Integration therapy, family of origin, historical pain and trauma, untruths that you have gotten in agreement with and the way they inform your way of life. I use a variety of other tools, depending on the presenting problems, and in some cases homework is required. It is also important to note that therapy can be very disrupting, and you may feel things are getting worse before they get better. This is very common during the process of change and transformation. However, there are no guarantees regarding the outcome of treatment; desired change and outcomes of therapy are inevitably up to you. Our time together will be 55 minutes in length for a general session and sometimes we may collectively decide on a longer session, 90-120 minutes in length for Lifespan Integration work, marriage counseling, family reconciliation, significant trauma or issues that necessitate or require more than 55 minutes of treatment.

 

Insurance Accepted

  • Regence
  • First Choice
  • Kaiser (PPO and Option)
  • Premera

Fees:

If billing insurance:

  • First session - $150
  • Subsequent sessions - $130

If paying out of pocket:

  • First session - $130
  • Subsequent sessions - $110

 




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