Shannon Smith (she/her)

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I'm a person-centered therapist with a trauma-informed perspective and a race, culture, sexuality, and gender-affirming approach.

Licensed Professional Counselor in Baton Rouge, LA

  • Individual
  • Couples
  • Family
  • Adolescent/Teen
  • Group

About My Clients

I work with adolescents and adults, both individually and as families/partnerships. My areas of interest include personality and identity development, LGBTQIA concerns (including gender dysphoria, gender exploration & gender transition), depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, grief and loss, men's mental health, post-trauma intervention, and treatment for problem sexual behavior. I am honored to work alongside clients on their journeys towards self-discovery, healing and wellness.

My Background and Approach

I earned my Master's degree in Community Mental Health Counseling from Louisiana State University, and I completed courses in post-graduate studies at Southeastern Louisiana University, Louisiana State University, and Loyola University, including training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization). I use an integrative and client-centered approach to counseling to assist clients in their personal growth and development. Before beginning my career in counseling, I worked in the field of victim services for 15 years, serving as a professional victim advocate in five different states and speaking on a local and national level about the effects of sexual violence. I currently provide community-based treatment to both survivors and offenders of sexual violence. I am both compassionate and direct. I practice with an anti-discrimination, anti-oppression, and anti-racist orientation, and I care about how your personal experiences have influenced your view of yourself, of others, and of the world.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

Therapy was a second career to me, and I went to grad school after 40. I have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, suicidality, and self-injury, and I understand how difficult it is to find a therapist that understands those issues from a personal perspective. I consider myself a liberal person, both socially and politically. I am Southern by birth, but have lived in the Midwest, the Northeast, and New England, and I think that my travels have exposed me to more cultures and beliefs than I would have otherwise experienced. I believe that Black Lives Matter, I'm vehemently pro-choice, and I'm a proud feminist. As a queer-identifying cis, white woman married to a man, I recognize my privilege and feel an obligation to use that privilege to challenge individuals and systems that perpetuate discrimination and inequity. I am childless by choice, but I share my life with multiple pets, and I am active in the animal rescue community. I'm an out and proud New Orleans Saints fan.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Optum
  • United Behavioral Health (UBH)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • UMR
  • United Community Plan
  • AmeriHealth
  • Healthy Blue
  • LSU First
  • Verity HealthNet
  • UnitedHealthcare StudentResources
I offer online counseling in the following states:

At A Glance

  • Experience: 9 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $110 - 160/session


225-230-9100 Email Shannon
8241 Summa Ave.
Suite A
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

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