PhD candidate in Counseling Psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York
APA’s Advanced Training Institute at Michigan State University
B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida
Shantel’s professional interests include, but are not limited to, mindfulness based approaches, identity and self-esteem concerns, disordered eating, trauma, career counseling, and working with historically marginalized and disenfranchised communities. Her research interests focus on the health outcomes of Black women as it relates to their experiences of racism and endorsement of the attitudes associated with the Strong Black Woman archetype.
Approach to Therapy
Shantel’s theoretical orientation can be best described as an integration of psychodynamic and person-centered approaches embedded within a culturally sensitive, feminist framework that aims to empower clients to find their most authentic voice. To achieve this end, she uses a variety of therapeutic techniques namely, narrative and CBT interventions. She regards the therapeutic relationship as the primary vehicle for client change and as such, takes particular care in cultivating a strong alliance by creating an environment where clients feel safe, validated, respected, and heard.
Approach to Supervision
Shantel approaches supervision from a developmental paradigm whereby she customizes her approach to meet the individual needs and skills of the supervisee. She believes in creating a safe and collaborative supervisory environment that promotes the development of a strong working alliance that fosters the increased self-awareness and self-efficacy.
Approach to Wellness
Shantel enjoys spending her leisure time in nature. She particularly enjoys, self-care, yoga and meditation, pottery, reading, and music.
Shantel is a member of the Psychological Association of Northeastern New York (PANNY), and APA division 17, 45.