“There are no quick fixes; change is a process that requires empathy, compassion, collaboration, and guidance for personal reflection and transformation.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I became a therapist after learning about the stigma that exists within communities with regard to seeking mental health services for trauma. Over the years, I gained valuable skills to help folks grow through their discomfort, address trauma, and develop healthier ways to cope with the challenges of life. There are no quick fixes; change is a process that requires empathy, compassion, collaboration, and guidance for personal reflection and transformation. I believe therapy can be the catalyst to finding effective solutions for individuals to change how they view themselves, discover parts they never recognized, and talk through parts that are painful. There are many societal issues, such as microaggressions or trauma, that can have an impact on mental health. These require a clinician who is open to listening and supporting you as we move toward healing.
What should someone know about working with you?
I work with you to assess and explore approaches that help you change your current mental or emotional situation. I use active listening to understand your needs, asking what you want to happen and guiding you to start moving toward success. The first session involves gathering information on the problem, discussing confidentiality, and discussing expectations. The second session involves gathering more information by completing assessments to gain insight into stressors impacting behavioral and emotional functioning. This is a mutual collaboration and partnership where we will work together on your treatment goals. I do occasionally give short homework assignments to help participants reflect on the session, as it is a way to keep working on the issues presented in session when we are not together.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
It is important to me to have a mindful practice where I am reflecting and challenging my thoughts and perceptions. As a clinician, it is important to stay open to other perspectives that are not my own. Cultural sensitivity to me means striving for increasing cultural humility by spending time learning and interacting with diverse cultures to help move away from engaging in acts of bias and stereotyping. One of my values is continued education through learning and recognizing that there are historically underrepresented and marginalized groups who are in need of clinicians willing to understand the underlying causes of disparities and the under-resourced communities that prevent access to quality education and services.
Who is Shane King the clinician?
I am a clinician who would describe myself as “a cord” because a cord is used to connect or support. I use that analogy of a cord to say that I am connecting participants to their inner thoughts and supporting healing and growth. Thoughts or cognitions influence emotions and ultimately the choices we make. We are often not having inner conversations with ourselves; we are just internalizing our experiences and going through the motions of life without processing the impact. I help connect you to those inner thoughts and work toward disrupting negative cognitions, problem-solving, and gaining understanding of emotions related to mental health.
“I believe therapy can be the catalyst to finding effective solutions for individuals to change how they view themselves, discover parts they never recognized, and talk through parts that are painful.”