Shawna Acunia, LMFT
Parent Coach & Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Availability: Accepting New Clients
*Evening and Weekend Availability*
Treatment ApproachOur most vulnerable and heart breaking experiences that we face in life also help shape us to become better parents, spouses, and friends. These experiences and struggles lead to enlightening and beautiful realizations about ourselves and others around us. I am here to offer support, guidance, resources, motivation, and acceptance to help you create a new outlook after receiving a mental health diagnosis. I believe that we can find ourselves in perpetual cycles when it comes to parenting and relationships, which can prevent us from processing the difficult situations that we face. It is important that we also reflect on how we overcame this challenging time.
Area of ExpertiseI have worked with a range of clients including adults, teens at risk, LGBTQ, unhoused, couples, and families. I have over a decade of experience running nonprofit agencies for families who struggle with their child’s mental health. I am currently a Licensed Online Supportive Therapist at Aspire and work with a variety of clients, including neurodivergent children with developmental disabilities. I am also certified in grief counseling with a focus on healing & hope among grieving children, adolescents & adults.
Therapeutic OrientationReaching out for support can be scary sometimes. I am here to support you and help you process any emotions or feelings that arise after receiving a mental health diagnosis. I typically use Gestalt strategies that help us stay present and I use a narrative approach to help you process experiences that weigh heavy. I will not expect you to process experiences if you are not ready, though I am here to support you when you are ready. The goal for our sessions at Aspire will be to help you process either yours or your loved one’s mental health diagnosis. I will make every effort to help you feel equipped with tools in your psychological toolbox by the end of our time together.
Most of my free time is dedicated to my daughter. She is my world. My self care is running and watching a good TV show or movie. My family is my life, I love laughing, love food, huge animal lover and love watching my daughter break barriers!