I'm Shani, a dog-loving, adventure-seeking, coffee-drinking therapist who embraces the gritty, messy, beautiful parts of this work. Welcome!
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts
At the end of the day, life is largely a series of transitions. And change is hard! Even good change can be hard. Whether you're post-high school planning, moving in with your partner, coming out, moving out, ending a chapter, or writing a new one, you don't have to navigate this transition alone.
I belief that grief is one of the hardest emotions to navigate. It's universal and it really freaking sucks. It often feels like healing is one step forward and forty-seven steps back. You might be doing okay and then all of a sudden a sight, a sound, a smell runs you over like a freight train and you feel back to square one. Whether someone you love has received a terminal diagnosis or your ready to deal with a loss that's lingered for years, I'm deeply honored to join you on your journey.
I believe that grief is one of the hardest emotions to navigate. It's universal and it really freaking sucks. It often feels like healing is one step forward and forty-seven steps back. You might be doing okay and then all of a sudden a sight, a sound, a smell runs you over like a freight train and you feel back to square one. Whether someone you love has received a terminal diagnosis or you're ready to deal with a loss that's lingered for years, I'm deeply honored to join you on your journey.
We are told from an incredibly young age that our value and our worth are inextricably tied to our appearance. That if we don’t meet society’s standards we aren’t worthy of love, respect, or happiness. Yeah…hell no. I am a HAES-aligned, anti-diet clinician dedicated to helping women identify and unpack the toxic messages we get from diet culture. Using principles of intuitive eating, let's get you on a path towards food freedom and self-acceptance. You are enough, just as you are.
I have training in Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) for individuals and couples. EFT is a humanistic therapy that uses a non-pathologizing, person-centered, experiential approach that views the alliance between the therapist and client as paramount. EFT is deeply collaborative and highly transformative. Based on attachment theory, the EFT therapist helps the client explore past experiences and patterns of behaviors to understand the way they relate to themselves and others.
Person-Centered and humanistic therapy were core components of my graduate training. In this approach, the client's subjective views and experiences are the focus of the word. A central tenet of person-centered therapy is unconditional positive regard, which deeply informs all aspects of my work. Unconditional positive regard means supporting and accepting my clients, well, unconditionally. I believe that my clients are inherently worthy of love, care, compassion, and respect without exception.
My graduate training was largely based in humanistic and person-centered therapy, which are closely aligned. Humanistic therapy, which is a person-centered approach, focuses on the whole person and uses a strengths-based approach. Humanistic therapists believe in the inherent goodness of people and believe in their ability to make positive change. In this therapy, the relationship between client and clinician is the foundation for self-exploration and growth.