Patricia Shanklin, LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Bradenton / Sarasota, Florida, with over 20 years experience in individual, couples and adolescent psychotherapy.
Crisis = danger + opportunity I can help...
As we navigate troubled waters, the last thing we may be thinking about is the opportunity to grow. My approach to therapy offers clients more than just short-term band-aids to cure symptoms. I utilize experiential techniques to bridge the gap between the verbal, problem-solving part of our brains and the nonverbal, intuitive, emotional part. Both parts help us to identify the sources of problems, and develop new patterns and skills for handling them. While I focus on the whole client, not just the presenting problem, some of the areas I specialize in include:
- Chronic medical conditions
- Family-of-origin concerns
- Self-esteem issues
- Trauma resolution / PTSD
- Workplace concerns
Most couples struggle finding the balance between the “we” and the “me”. Too much “we” and the sense of self becomes blurred; too much “me” and there's not enough glue (intimacy) in the relationship to keep it together over time. Emotionally-focused couples treatment emphasizes valuing and validating each other. I honor the wisdom in each of my clients; you will not be judged. Our work together will take you from blaming and alienation, to engagement, connectedness and security.
- Blended families
- Communication problems
- Divorce prevention
- Internet & sexual addictions
- Parenting concerns
- Relationship issues
Figuring out who you are, and who you want to be is a major undertaking at any age. For teens, the task of self-definition is fraught with possibilities and perils. Together, we will work to help you develop a healthy sense of self, and establish goals and patterns to set you on a course for a happy and productive life. Areas of focus may include:
- ADD / ADHD
- Parental separation and divorce
- Peer relationships
- School failure
Research shows that the relationship between therapist and client is the most important part of the healing ⁄ change process.
I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation so that we can discover if the "fit" is right.
Weekday and Saturday appointments available.
Tel: (941) 739-5543
- How long does treatment last?
- Counseling can range from 3 sessions to 2 years.
- What types of therapy do you do?
- EMDR, hypnosis, neuropsychology, gestalt, positive psychology, cognitive behavior therapy, narrative.
- Can I get client references?
- Counseling is strictly confidential, so I cannot provide client recommendations.