Why she wants to help.
Shantala’s passion to help others started at the young age of six when she and her family were on the mission field in Asia. She realized very early on the meaning of impoverishment, loss and despair within these cultures so far from home. She became aware that she felt her happiest when she was able to provide people hope, if only with a smile or a fresh drink of water.
Shantala has over fifteen years experience working with individuals, families and children, and has worked as a guidance counselor and mental health counselor for Orange County Public Schools for the past decade. As she expanded her experience with children and families, she extended her expertise towards working with teenagers, adults, and couples. Shantala offers several different treatment approaches fitted to address the rising trend in depression and anxiety, behavioral concerns, parenting, relational issues, grief and loss, social and financial strain, and adjustment disorders. These treatment types include the following multi-systems approaches: psychotherapeutic techniques, solution focused therapy, cognitive therapy, psychosocial analysis, behavioral analysis, and play therapy.
Her education and credentials.
She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Liberty University in 2000 and her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2004. She became a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Play Therapist in 2006. Shantala is also a Certified Guidance Counselor with Orange County Public Schools and a State Board Qualified Supervisor for Mental Health Counselors.
Her co-therapist in a fur suit, Sierra.
Sierra came to Shantala as a foster from a high kill shelter in Dade County. Upon arrival, she was very sick with pneumonia and had to be hospitalized. Her health was fragile for several months. Through much love and care, Sierra became well again and was officially adopted by Shantala. Sierra is a sweet and kind dog that genuinely loves people and is truly grateful for her forever home. She acts as a comfort to clients and automatically puts a smile on everyone’s face that walks in the door. She can’t wait to meet you!