Each person's healing process is a unique and creative experience. I am honored to walk with you as you embark on this journey of engaging life fully and awakening to your authentic self. I consider it my role to understand your world and your lived experience on your terms, rather than trying to fit you into my pre-existing theories about human behavior. Therapy is about creating a safe space for you to explore whatever is of concern to you. I will listen to you empathically, ask questions, offer feedback and new perspectives, and challenge you to reconsider old decisions and try on new ways of being. Together, we will keep a sharp eye on your strengths and the adaptive ways you have coped with life's challenges, as well as the patterns of behavior that are no longer serving you well. We can work together in a short-term, solution-focused way or longer-term on a deeper journey of healing and self-discovery. My clinical approach is interpersonal, systems-focused, strengths-based, and grounded in cognitive-behavioral and existential therapies.


Each of us exists in a web of relationships, so that is also where we experience difficulty and possibility for new ways of being. We are such profoundly social beings, and we are both hurt and healed in relation to other people. I specialize in helping people make sense of the ways their social identities (such as race, ethnicity, age gender, sexual orientation, and ability, among others) have affected their emotional well-being and relationships.


I hold Master of Arts and Master of Education degrees in Counseling and Clinical Psychology from Columbia University. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington State, which means that I have completed post-graduate training, supervision, and passed a comprehensive examination. Before starting my practice, I worked with adults facing persistent mental illness, unemployment, homelessness, chronic physical illness, domestic violence, incarceration and its accompanying traumas.


My graduate training involved extensive experiential training and self-reflection, grounded in a multicultural psychology worldview that deconstructs the bias inherent in many psychological theories. I have additional training in cognitive-behavioral therapy from The American Institute for Cognitive Therapy in New York City, and I attended a certificate program in conflict resolution with intensive practica in mediation at the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (ICCCR) at Columbia University.

Shannon Budelman M.A., M.Ed., LMHC
(206) 706-2932
contact@shannonbudelman.com

Downtown:
Medical Dental Building
509 Olive Way, Suite 1025
Seattle, WA 98101

Ballard:
5355 Tallman Ave NW #209
Seattle, WA 98107

(206) 706-2932 | contact@shannonbudelman.com | American Counseling Association Member