Greenlake Wellness Group Bio and Licensed Mental Health Counsellor Shannon Budelman, MA, M.Ed., LMHC
I am a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) specializing in healing loss and trauma, perinatal mood disruptions, infertility, depression, anxiety, shame and perfectionism.
I believe that counseling/therapy is a sociopolitical act that can reinforce social inequality or act to disrupt it. I believe that we are both hurt and healed in relationships with other people, and that pain is an opportunity to open to greater self-understanding, new possibilities of being, and a deeper connection with our humanity. I hold a space for you in which there is nothing wrong with you, where nothing needs to be fixed because nothing is broken.
We have the capacity to change the structure and function of our brains through focused attention and repeated experience, and therapy is one vehicle for this kind of change. My practice is grounded in multicultural psychology, somatic (body-based) psychotherapy, neuroscience, and compassionate mindfulness practices. Therapy is most effective when your mind, body, spirit, and relationships are all welcomed into the room. I bring an anti-oppression lens to my work, and I am passionate about working with people to address internalized oppression and dominance in their many intersecting identities.
I received my Master of Arts and Master of Education Degrees from Columbia University. My professional experience includes more than ten years of combined experience working with homeless and incarcerated populations in community mental health settings, counseling first generation college students of color in New York City, conducting anti-bias consultation and training programs, working with homeless youth, and teaching organic gardening.
I have received training in Lifespan Integration, Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), Somatic Experiencing, Hakomi, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Nurtured Heart Approach to parenting, eating disorders, perinatal mood disorders, LGBTQ-affirming mental health care, and extensive experiential training in multicultural counseling/therapy.