Shannon Nix

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Shannon Nix

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Mental Health Counselor, Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: Free consultation
Out of Network Provider for PPOs and HMOs
Flexible payment options
Accepts Beacon Health Insurance
Healthcare Spending Accounts welcome
Victims of Crime program provider
Free Initial Consultation
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability


Los Alamitos, California 90720

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My Approach to Helping

When was the last time you were truly happy? The last time you laughed so hard that you cried? Can you imagine what your best life would look like? Here at Mind-N-Body Counseling, we are invested in working on what matters most to you!

Our approach to mental and behavioral care is unique when compared to most traditional mental health programs. We see you as a whole person in the context of your life, examining all the parts of who you are and what influences your needs. The whole you has a lot going on and we can help you explore the physical, emotional, cognitive, social, cultural, and communal parts of your life as well as everything in between!

Our attention stays focused on you and your goals; not what your insurance company or Doctors want. We put your needs and interests are above all others, but you were never meant to handle everything on your own. Asking for help doesn’t make you weak; it makes you strong, smart, resourceful and realistic.

You will be more confident and committed to achieving your goals, and building the life that you deserve, when you have a trusted voice like Mind-N-Body Counseling on your side. Everyone deserves the opportunity to get the answers and solutions that they need to live and thrive in this world and Mind-N-Body Counseling can help you take advantage of that opportunity.

More Info About My Practice

Here at Mind N Body Counseling, we provide high quality care in a safe place for you where your voice is heard. We take pride in our commitment to serve all in our community with kindness, integrity, and dignity. Our core values of supporting those diversity and inclusion are reflected in our committed to compassionate therapy and to help empower those who are marginalized and oppressed.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

With Over 15 Years of Experience in Health Care, I understand the impact that illness has on all parts of our lives- emotional, mentally, physically. I believe that our mind, body, and spirit are all connected and depend on each other for balance. One of the main goals of living with an illness, whether it is acute or chronic, emotional or physical, is to learn how NOT to be defined by your condition. This is where my personal journey, along with professional experience, makes me unique and different from other counselors. I understand because I have been there and know what it takes to thrive. I know how to navigate the health care system and benefit systems firsthand.
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Ways That We Can Support You
Coordinate your care and make recommendations to your doctor
Assess for resources to help you better function at home, school, and work
Ongoing evaluation of your mental health care needs
Use clinical tools proven to help you better cope
Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, and Meditation exercise that reduce anxiety and increase your self-confidence & attention
Create a plan for your self-care needs
Work on specific goals that bring you joy and hope today and for the future

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Parenting is one of the greatest journeys that anyone can take. It is also one of the greatest sources of hair loss for men and being over-caffeinated for women. Parenting is an important part of our identity. Often times we define ourselves based on how our children function or how we handled a situation with our kids. Differences in opinions between partners in how to care for our kids, or when our kids declare knowing what is necessary, can bring so much stress and frustration.

Strong Parents Create Strong Families & We Help Strengthen Your Skills!
Let?s work together on restoring peace at home. We will use proven skills based on science, such as behavioral modification and applied behavioral analysis, to help strengthen your family. I provide workshops on parenting support, support groups, one on one counseling , and family counseling. I have no doubt that with my support and your commitment, that you will become the leader that you want to be for your family.

Check out my CHADD profile at https:chadd.orgprofessional-profile?member_id=103405

My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy

Life can take its toll on our health; our physical and mental health. Studies show that our minds and bodies are connected and it?s not uncommon to experience mental health issues when we?re physically ill and vice versa. Physical or mental illness can do irreparable damage to yourself, your loved ones and your career unless your illness is properly diagnosed and treated.

Counseling and therapy have proven to be highly effective tools to help those suffering from physical or mental wellness issues lead happier, less stressful and productive lives. Therapy helps you cope with and work through the challenges, struggles and changes that may be having a profound effect on your everyday life.

Therapy is a tool available to help you work through any challenges, struggles, or life changes that may be affecting your life. It?s extremely hard to confront these issues on your own and therapy provides a safe, professional and confidential environment to heal and deal with issues that will adversely affect your life if gone unchecked.

Caring, supportive and professional health care experts trained in human behavior, development, psychology, and mental health. Contrary to popular belief, counseling is not a one-way street and it?s not just ?talking? about your issues. You only get out what you put in and the most successful clienttherapist relationship is a mutually beneficial partnership.

How will you know if therapy is for you or not? Professional therapy has helped millions upon millions of people lead happy and productive lives. It saves people from hurting themselves or their loved ones and has proven to be the most effective method of dealing with stress, addiction, hopelessness, anger, depression and just about every other form of mental illness known to mankind.

There?s no doubt that it can help, but you?ll never know if it?s for you unless you give it a try. You?ve Got Nothing to Lose & Everything to Gain! Let's help you get started toward a healthier tomorrow.

How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist

When I was diagnosed with cancer as a teenager, I remember trying to understand why these changes become too much for some. This disappointment hurt more than my disease itself. At the same time, I was surrounded by unbelievable strength and love from those were my Anchors. I had to fight for ways to confront my feelings of loss and choose to learn to find hope in unexpected ways. My Dad would always say ? EGBOK- everything's gonna be O.K.? This intention more days than most served as a remind to me that hope was always around; I just had to search for it with my Anchors and not face dark times alone. We have to choose what we want our life's healing and story will be.

I understand what it feels like to battle circumstances beyond our control. I am here to say that You have the choice to change and discover better ways to improve your life- IF you want to. Life can only cripple your heart, and destroy your peace IF you allow it to. I understand how the importance of having support from both loved ones and professionals to help get you through the tough times.
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Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance

I am not your average run-of-the-mill counselor. I am unique, caring and an extremely dedicated counselor who is comfortable in her own skin. Without compromise, I always put the needs and best interests of clients above my own. I strongly believes that the most effective and expedient method of receiving positive results through counseling is built around a collaborative client-counselor partnership.

The foundation of the partnership is built around mutual trust, honesty, empathy and understanding, sincerity of purpose and an area of ?realness? between the client and the counselor. Counseling is not meant to feel like an obligation, it is a place where clients can be who they really are. The area of realness is genuine open space where you have been invited to be ?real? with your counselor. I believe that it doesn?t care what you say or how you say it as long as you feel safe in doing so.

Some of the most ?real? conversations that you will have in your entire lifetime will be with your counselor and if you can?t be real with them, who can you be real with? My unique understanding of what works and doesn?t work for clients and the benefits of counseling are beyond the reach of client?s who don?t form a strong connection with their counselors.

The connection between a client and their counselor is far more important to the long-term success of counseling than the counselor?s education, degrees, training or knowledge will ever be. The research on the topic is crystal clear and the #1 determining factor in whether or not a client gets better from counseling or therapy is based on how strong their relationship is with their counselor. If you don?t like your counselor, you?re not going to get better, regardless of how well-trained your counselor is.

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Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Children, Teens, Adults.
    Stress: short term, chronic, and trauma. Trained in trauma therapy
    Family Therapy available
    LGBTQ ally
    15 years experience as a health care provider- deep understanding of how physical health affects mental health and vice versa; Sensitive to needs of patients, families, and medical providers

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • First Responders
  • Forgiveness
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Irritability
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Narcissism
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • School issues
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Somatization
  • Stress
  • Terminal Illness
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Creative Art Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Neuropsychology
  • Parent Work
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Play Therapy
  • Positive Psychology

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