Shanita Newman, LGPC
Trinity Washington University, with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Accepting new clients
What’s therapy with me like? I focus on anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and adjustment disorders, using client centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and expressive arts work.
What I like about client centered therapy is that I feel like it gives the client a sense of control and gives them a role to play in their own healing. With CBT I believe that our thoughts have an impact on our behavior and feelings. I sometimes think we can get trapped in the thoughts which can lead us to repeating some behaviors that we want to change. Finally, with expressive arts, I find that it is a way for us to unlock feelings we did not know we had or for us to give life to something we did not have the language for.
Who do I work with? I enjoy working with children/adolescents and teens as well as young adults. I enjoy doing individual therapy.
My impacting identities are… I am Black and I am a woman and I live at the intersection of both of those identities. I also identify as cis heterosexual woman and I recognize the privilege that comes along with that. As a clinician I strive to use my experience that comes along with being marginalized to work from a place of empathy and understanding when working with other marginalized groups, as well as using the privilege that I do have to advocate for those who may not have the ability to advocate for themselves.
I feel allied/aware/part of/informed/knowledgeable about…African American/Black Community (part of), LGBTQIA (allied), and Indigenous People (allied).
I am the best fit for a client who… is ready to begin their journey of discovery, growth, and healing; clients who want a therapist who will provide a safe space to figure out what healing looks like for them. Clients who want to bring more creativity and fun into their therapy.
I am not a good fit for clients who… is not ready to begin a journey of self-exploration and healing.
What makes me unique? The thing that makes me unique from other therapists is my sense of creativity. I am willing to use media, pop culture and art to make therapy and the concepts of therapy more accessible.
The Practical Stuff
What insurances do I accept? I will be in network with CareFirst BCBS and Cigna.
Do I offer telehealth or in person sessions? During Covid, I am offering teletherapy, and I can do in person case by case. Once COVID starts to settle down, I can do teletherapy and in person.
The Fun Stuff
Did you know…My favorite book is The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
Any pets? I have no pets but I really want a French bulldog and I will name him Ace.
How to Give me A Buzz
The best way to contact me is…via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can schedule below!