LaShara ShawLCPC

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What do you view as a key component of the therapeutic relationship?

It appears to be abundantly apparent that a critical factor of the therapeutic relationship is the relationship focus. Clients and counselors must engage in ongoing feedback and adjustment to curate effective behaviors and compassionately validate their changes. I hope to commit to processing information with the most effective interventions flexibly.

How does collaboration with other providers play into your work?

I feel that collaborative therapy is useful because it allows clients and counselors to come together to form a comprehensive action plan for positive changes. I think that individuals, families, groups, and systems have hopes and aspirations. I aim to discuss options with the clients and consult with experts from various fields to promote a purposeful partnership to map out the best progress path.

Is there any research-based work you’ve done that you found particularly exciting, and how has that informed your practice today?

Research about processing life transitions, overwhelming distress, and emotional bonds appeals to me. I find that our minds remember foundational connections that contribute to the way we connect with other people. We tend to search for something to make life feel full while juggling the tension of best case and worse case scenarios. I am interested in assisting my clients across the lifespan in understanding the power of presence, expression and making room to acknowledge life’s suffering. Personal meaning for one’s life is subject to reconstruction along the way.






Coping Skills

General Expertise

Relationship Issues

Aging related concerns

Attachment issues

Chronic illness

College & graduate student issues

Life transitions

Mood disorders

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)



First Session


Family Therapy


Couples Therapy


Group Therapy


Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Couples Session

Family Session

Group Session

Individual Session


Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Seniors (65+)

Adolescents (13-17)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Strength Based Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Attachment-Based Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Eclectic Therapy

Existential Therapy

Training / Certifications

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Certified Rehabilitation Counselor


IL, LCPC, 180012750


Doctoral Candidate, Christian Counseling, Liberty University

Master of Arts, Biblical Studies, Colorado Christian University

Master of Science, Mental Health Counseling and Rehabilitation, Illinois Institute of Technology

Work History

Initially, I worked for disability advocacy, and I engaged in school settings. I have been fortunate to engage with clients spanning from two years old to individuals in their 90s. Also, I was able to engage in behavioral therapy, play therapy, and then I segued to talk-therapy used in conjunction with committed action. Processing situations and practicing skills in the natural environment can contribute to an improved quality of life. In turn, I have seen individuals learn techniques to manage distress, engage in emotional regulation, and improve the moment across environments. I have practiced in-home services, school services, clinic-based services, and remote work. Choosing Therapy is a fantastic platform to offer telehealth sessions to meet clients where they are, prioritize awareness, and gauge willingness to meet their goals. I look forward to supporting you on your journey.


1755 Park Street, Suite 200 # 1071, Naperville, 60563, IL