shanowa simington


shanowa simington


Professions: Addictions Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMFT - 85349
Billing and Insurance:
Fees: My customary fee for psychotherapy services is $120 per 50-minute session. For couples and families, I offer a longer 80-minute session for an additional fee. Many types of insurance will cover some or all of the cost of psychotherapy, so please check with your insurance carrier about benefits and reimbursement procedures. I can bill some insurance companies directly, so depending on your insurance plan payment may be required at the time of service. However, I will be happy to supply you with an invoice showing payment received so you can be reimbursed by your insurance.

I can offer a lower sliding scale based upon financial need. I ask that clients pay the highest they can comfortably afford. Sliding scale depends upon availability.


340 Soquel Ave
Ste 120
Santa Cruz, California 95062

My Approach to Helping

I utilize a collaborative, eclectic approach to meet the needs of people in treatment. I offer mental health services to children, adults, families, and couples, and often treat individuals with different cultural backgrounds and sexual orientations. My positive interaction with the people in my care helps me to continue learning and growing as a therapist.
During treatment, I will work closely with you and provide professional guidance and support to help you reach your treatment goals. We will establish a strong therapeutic relationship that is characterized by honesty, insight, and compassion. As treatment progresses, we will address past and present experiences to help you develop self-awareness, grow in confidence, increase your inner resources, and improve your cognitive and emotional regulation skills.

I appreciate the uniqueness of each client and work organically with every situation. My work is client-centered and strength-based. I will meet you where you are and get you where you want to be. We will utilize your wisdom and insight to discover resources and tools that will create and develop new possibilities in your life.

More Info About My Practice

My focus of attention in every session is client-centered and strength-based which means we will start where you are and continuously utilize your wisdom and experience to create the bridge to growth and change. I welcome feedback and collaboration.

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

Abuse (Survivors)
Effects of Trauma/ PTSD
Domestic Violence
Couples Counseling
Parenting Concerns and Skills
Pregnancy/Child Birth
Life Transitions
Self-Esteem/Personal Empowerment

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Family Problems
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Parenting
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Shame
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT)
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Collaborative Couple Therapy (CCT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
  • Object Relations
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Psychodynamic
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  • Theraplay
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
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