Shae (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate in the state of North Carolina. Originally from Illinois, she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Eastern Illinois University. She moved to North Carolina and graduated with her master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from East Carolina University. As a systemic therapist, she believes that our relationships with other people are what can give us the most meaning out of life, but that those relationships can also be the cause of a lot of problems.
Shae’s main approach to therapy draws from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, but she also makes use of Emotion Focused Therapy, Attachment Theory, and techniques from the Gottman Institute (especially when working with couples). Shae believes that empathy and trust form the foundation of the therapeutic relationship. She employs a nonjudgmental, collaborative approach to therapy and strives to create a safe therapeutic environment that helps to promote healing, growth, and change.
While in her master’s program Shae gained experience working with adolescents, young adults, adults, families, and couples. Shae has also had exposure to a wide variety of presenting problems such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, family of origin issues, and several different relationship issues. She has also had some experience with the LGBTQ+ population, and considers herself to be affirming towards that population.
In her free time Shae enjoys watching the latest Star Wars and Marvel movies and shows, spending time with friends and family, and engaging in a variety of different hobbies.
Areas of Focus
ADHD, Anxiety, Career Counseling, Coping Skills, Depression, Divorce, Family Conflict, Grief, Life Transitions, Marital and Premarital, Peer Relationships, Self Esteem, Sleep or Insomnia, Stress, Transgender, Trauma and PTSD, Women's Issues