Shannon Rickert, MS, LMHCA
Shannon is a a licensed mental health counselor, working with tweens, teens, adults, couples and families with various life or mental health concerns including post-traumatic stress and trauma, anxiety or mood disorders, relationship or family struggles, marital concerns and betrayal, grief and loss and religious trauma as examples.
Shannon has a Bachelor’s Degree in Leadership and Organizational Psychology from California State University, San Marcos and received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health from Lubbock Christian University in 2018.
In addition to clinical work with clients, Shannon is presently the Care Ministries Senior Director at Chapel Hill Church in Gig Harbor, WA, overseeing a peer counseling program, 12-step recovery and many support groups. Shannon is grateful to also be part of Shepherd Center, providing compassionate care to those in the
community so they can live a thriving life.
As a therapist, Shannon provides ways to achieve healing and growth in the use of various evidenced based treatments including EMDR and Trauma focused therapies, Acceptance/Commitment, both Religious and Secular Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Inner Healing Prayer, Emotion Focused and Attachment as examples. Everyone is different, so therapy is tailored to the needs of the client.
Clients have shared that working with her is more than just the treatment. It’s that they feel heard, valued and experience a sense of safety and support. Shannon does that naturally as someone who has survived her own trauma, has experienced a lot of inner healing and growth, and understands the importance of acceptance when you feel you and your lived experiences haven’t mattered to others. In the counseling room, you’ll hear her start with… “this is a no judgement zone; we all have our stories and I want to know yours…”
Not being able to talk about our stories or have that acceptance means we tend to shove experiences, even our pain to the side and keep moving. While shoving things away might work for a moment, the pain really never goes away. It usually comes up again over time when we are “triggered” but may present itself as a new mental health concern, compulsive behavior or addiction, constant anger, relationship dysfunction, perpetual fear or panic attacks – the list goes on. It’s like the saying, “we just push it under the rug.” But, that’s the problem. The pile under that rug gets so big that we start tripping on it. From the trauma-focused lens, the body begins to feel what’s been shoved down, and then one’s life feels more like survival mode. It’s a very painful place to be.
Together, Shannon will help dissect these problems, get to heart of the matter, and find a treatment that will work for you. She has been there and she knows that with some effort, commitment and faith, you can feel better and live a thriving life.
Your first appointment with Shannon is about 90 minutes in length and the cost is $145 for the initial session. Thereafter, you will meet for 53 minute sessions at a rate of $130 per session. She doesn’t take insurance at this time, so ask your insurance company about their self-reimbursement rate for out of network providers. She will provide you with a superbill that you can submit as you are able.
Please call 253-858-2224 ext. 224 for a brief phone consultation or to make an appointment. Shannon will return your call within 3 business days, unless it’s a weekend or a Holiday.
There’s Hope Ahead!
(253) 858-2224 x224 – GH office
(253) 858-2254 – GH office fax