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Typically a first session would involve a conversation of what you are attempting to gain from therapy. I would explore what things you have identified as issues or things you would like to address throughout our work together. I would like to discuss what your "take" on therapy is and what things you have found to be helpful for you during previous therapy sessions (if there is past experience). Although this session may include more dialogue from me as I utilize this session to try to understand your meaning of therapy, your issues and goals.
I first start by having the client identify what their understanding of a goal is. I would like to make sure that both the client and I hold the same understanding of how they view goals. I then work with guiding the client in identifying what their needs/issues are and help them in developing goals that are attainable. In defining goals for the client, the process entails unpacking issues that the client has identified as things they want to work on or that are effecting their daily functioning.
I am driven by the theory of meeting a client where they are at (in their journey). My main approach that I usually use in every session (to some extent) is client-centered therapy. This approach rejects the idea of therapists as authorities. I approach my sessions with the knowledge that a person's therapy has to be somewhat tailored by what they identify as an issue/problem in their daily living. I typically will utilize different approaches and combination of elements from multiple approaches with clients mainly dependent on what the goal is and/or what seems to be effectively working with the client. Some of the approaches I often use are Psychoanalysis, where the focus is mainly on changing problematic behaviors, feelings, and thoughts by discovering their meanings and motivations. Behavior therapy, including cognitive behavior therapy, which focuses on thoughts and behaviors. Cognitive therapy, which emphasizes what people think rather than what they do..
Autism spectrum disorder
Caregiver stress & support
Divorce & separation
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Strength Based Therapy
Emotionally Focused Therapy
Family Systems Therapy
Marriage and Family Therapy
- Massachusetts, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 221682
Masters of Social Work, Wheelock College
Since 2012, I have developed extensive experience working with a diversity of people; including my experience with behavioral problems, substance abuse, adults with chronic illnesses, mental health, domestic violence, hospice work and substance dependence problems. I have over a decade of experience including counseling, substance abuse, advocacy, leading groups, community referrals and resources, education and training, My mission is to help people reach the goals THEY have identified for themselves and focusing on the model of meeting the client where they are at.
It’s not uncommon to have questions before starting therapy. Shanell Mowatt, LCSW, has answered a few of the questions they receive most often from new clients.
Is Shanell Mowatt accepting new clients?
Yes, Shanell Mowatt is accepting new clients.
Does Shanell Mowatt accept insurance?
No, Shanell Mowatt does not accept insurance.
What types of therapy does Shanell Mowatt offer?
Shanell Mowatt offers therapy for couples, families and individuals.
Does Shanell Mowatt offer in-person appointments?
No, but people in Massachusetts can book Shanell Mowatt for virtual appointments (teletherapy).
Does Shanell Mowatt offer online therapy?
Yes, Shanell Mowatt offers online therapy to people in Massachusetts.
How quickly can I see Shanell Mowatt?
Shanell Mowatt typically can speak with new clients within 48 hours. You can see their current availability and request an appointment on their profile page.
What languages does Shanell Mowatt speak?
Shanell Mowatt conducts therapy sessions in English.
Can I book an appointment with Shanell Mowatt online?
Yes, you can easily book an appointment with Shanell Mowatt online using Choosing Therapy’s directory.