Shanica is a Licensed Professional Counselor who joined the team at Houston Family Counseling after an extensive career providing both mental health and vocational counseling for clients in the US and abroad. Having given so much of herself to vulnerable populations such as veterans and their families, people with disabilities, and those with severe mental illness, she is prepared to work with clients with a variety of struggles.
Uninvited and stressful change can impact anyone and at any point in their life, forcing them to wrestle with uncomfortable feelings and thoughts. Shanica’s work with adults, children, and families facing difficult changes has prepared her to provide evidence-based and compassionate therapy to clients dealing with relationship and family changes, grief, work struggles, anxiety, depression, and trauma.
Shanica has worked with children and adolescents both in an outpatient community counseling setting, and through the department of veterans services, While working in community mental health, Shanica helped children and teens struggling with psychiatric diagnoses such as anxiety, depression, and trauma disorders. She provided evidence based therapies including cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavior therapy. She also offered psychoeducational activities and interventions, helping kids learn valuable coping skills for their specific struggles. Shanica learned the importance of helping youth in the context of their families as she helped active duty and veteran families prepare for and adapt to new assignments, locations, and even cultures. She now uses that experience to include parents in the work she does with young children as they adapt to inevitable and often stressful changes in their environment and within themselves.