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Shawn Pedani, LISW-S

Shawn Pedani, LISW-S


20 years of experience
Solution oriented

As a professional mental health counselor specializing in treating anxiety and depression, I provide a comprehensive approach to help prospective clients manage their mental health challenges. My process typically begins with an initial consultation or assessment session, where I create a safe and supportive environment for clients to share their concerns and goals. I employ evidence-based treatments, particularly drawing from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). In my sessions, I guide clients through a process of accepting their thoughts and feelings rather than fighting against them. I help them identify their values and commit to actions that align with those values, even in the presence of difficult emotions or thoughts. During sessions, I may utilize various techniques such as mindfulness exercises, experiential exercises, and cognitive restructuring to help clients develop psychological flexibility. This involves teaching them skills to defuse from unhelpful thoughts, increase awareness of the present moment, and take committed action towards meaningful life goals. Additionally, I collaborate with clients to develop personalized treatment plans tailored to their specific needs and circumstances. I may incorporate psychoeducation about anxiety and depression, as well as teach coping strategies and relaxation techniques to empower clients in managing their symptoms outside of therapy sessions. My approach is characterized by empathy, non-judgment, and respect for the individuality of each client. I strive to create a therapeutic alliance based on trust and collaboration, where clients feel understood and supported in their journey towards improved mental well-being.

What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?

In their first session with me, clients can expect a warm and supportive environment where they feel safe to express their concerns and goals regarding their mental health. I usually start by establishing rapport and discussing confidentiality and the therapeutic process. Clients may be asked to share their history, including relevant personal and family background, as well as any previous experiences with therapy. I then begin the process of assessment, exploring the client's current symptoms, triggers, and coping strategies. I may use validated assessment tools to gather more detailed information about their anxiety or depression symptoms. Throughout the session, I explain my approach to treatment, particularly emphasizing the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I educate clients about the importance of accepting their thoughts and emotions while also encouraging them to commit to actions aligned with their values, even in the presence of discomfort. Clients can expect to engage in some initial experiential exercises or mindfulness practices to begin cultivating awareness of their thoughts and emotions. I discuss the concept of psychological flexibility and how it relates to managing anxiety and depression symptoms. By the end of the session, clients can expect to have a clearer understanding of their treatment goals and the therapeutic process moving forward. We may collaboratively develop a treatment plan tailored to their specific needs and discuss what to expect in future sessions. Overall, clients can anticipate feeling heard, understood, and supported as they embark on their journey towards improved mental well-being under my guidance.

Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.

Empathy and Understanding: My ability to empathize with clients and understand their struggles without judgment creates a safe and supportive environment for them to explore their thoughts and emotions. Effective Communication: I have strong communication skills, enabling me to explain complex concepts of ACT in a clear and understandable manner. This helps clients grasp the principles of acceptance, mindfulness, and values-based action. Tailored Treatment Plans: I excel in creating personalized treatment plans that address each client's unique needs and circumstances. By collaboratively developing these plans, I ensure that clients feel empowered and invested in their therapeutic journey. Skillful Application of Techniques: I am adept at applying a variety of ACT techniques, such as mindfulness exercises, cognitive defusion, and values clarification, to help clients build psychological flexibility and cope with difficult thoughts and emotions. Cultivating Psychological Flexibility: My focus on cultivating psychological flexibility is a cornerstone of my practice. I guide clients in developing the skills to accept their internal experiences while taking committed action towards their valued life directions, even in the presence of discomfort. Adaptability and Flexibility: I demonstrate adaptability and flexibility in my approach, tailoring interventions based on client progress, feedback, and individual preferences. This ensures that therapy remains relevant and effective for each client throughout their journey. Continuous Learning and Growth: I am committed to ongoing learning and professional development, staying abreast of the latest research and advancements in ACT and related therapeutic modalities. This dedication enhances my effectiveness as a therapist and allows me to offer the best possible care to my clients. Overall, my greatest strengths in providing ACT for clients stem from my empathetic approach, effective communication, personalized treatment planning, skillful application of techniques, focus on psychological flexibility, adaptability, and commitment to continuous learning and growth. These qualities combine to create a therapeutic experience that is supportive, empowering, and conducive to positive change for my clients.

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My treatment methods

Acceptance and commitment (ACT)

In my practice as a mental health counselor, I use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help clients develop psychological flexibility and enhance their overall well-being. Through ACT, I guide clients in accepting their thoughts and emotions without judgment while encouraging them to commit to actions aligned with their values. By cultivating mindfulness, defusing from unhelpful thoughts, and focusing on values-driven behavior, clients learn to effectively manage symptoms of anxiety and depression. This approach empowers clients to live more meaningful and fulfilling lives, even in the presence of challenging thoughts and emotions.


In my practice as a mental health counselor, I utilize an attachment-based approach to explore clients' relational patterns and experiences. By examining attachment dynamics, I aim to foster secure connections and address underlying relational issues. This approach helps clients develop healthier relationships and enhance their emotional well-being.

Christian Counseling

Incorporating Christian Counseling, I integrate faith-based values into therapy sessions. By drawing on scripture and faith-based perspectives, I offer spiritual support and guidance tailored to each client's beliefs. This approach helps clients find meaning, strength, and healing within their Christian faith as they navigate life's challenges and pursue personal growth.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Suicide Prevention (CBT-SP)

In my practice, I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques to challenge negative thoughts and behaviors. I employ structured interventions, helping clients learn new coping skills and cognitive strategies to manage their mental health challenges effectively.

Couples Counseling

In couples counseling, I facilitate open communication and understanding between partners. Using techniques like active listening and conflict resolution, I help couples explore their relationship dynamics, identify areas of strength and growth, and develop strategies to improve their connection and resolve conflicts constructively.