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Shanna Dickens, LCSW, LCAS (she/her)

Shanna Dickens, LCSW, LCAS (she/her)

Hey everyone,

Have you ever read this quote? “I love when people that have been through hell walk out of the flames carrying buckets of water for those still consumed by the fire.” I would like to believe that I am this person. I’m the one carrying those buckets of water. Life is difficult for even the strongest among us and at some point, everyone gets weary. Deciding to start therapy is an act of bravery in and of itself. During my 12 years as a therapist, I have met the bravest souls and have had the opportunity to sit with them in the darkness while they find their way back to the light which is why I still love what I do.

I specialize in treating trauma, anxiety, depression, and vicarious trauma in older teens and adults. I am also passionate about assisting with chronic pain and illness. I believe in a whole-body approach meaning that the mind and the body live in the same house and I don’t pretend otherwise. Not everything is in your head. I want to create a compassionate, inclusive environment for LGBTQIA individuals and diversity will always be celebrated in my office. I am also happy to provide clinical supervision for provisionally licensed therapists because I want people to continue to do the hard work.

I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy to address those nagging, self-critical thoughts, motivational interviewing to help you regain forward motion, mindfulness to reduce the effects of everyday stress and TFCBT to address our normal responses to trauma. I provide a trauma informed, person centered approach because I believe that our solutions live inside of us and that making connections allows you to access them more readily. I will meet you where you are and teach you skills to navigate the difficulties that arise because you should walk away from therapy having learned something useful.

I look forward to meeting you.



Shanna graduated summa cum laude with a Masters in clinical social work from UNCW in 2008. During this time, she gained clinical experience as a victim advocate at the Rape Crisis Center, facilitating dating violence prevention programs and individual and group therapy. Prior to this, she attended UNC-Chapel Hill to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Shanna is a licensed clinical social worker, a licensed clinical addiction specialist and certified in Trauma Focused CBT. She has provided therapy services in intensive in home, a psychiatric residential treatment facility and in an outpatient setting in an integrated care practice with both teens and adults. She prides herself in creating a safe environment to address past trauma and present obstacles so that you can create the life you want to live instead of surviving the one that you have.

Shanna’s Posted Writings:

Secondary Trauma: Whats Self-Care Got To Do With It?
Chronic Illness and Stress
What’s “NO” got to do with it?


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