Shannon Wasel is a licensed social worker in the State of Pennsylvania and earned her Master’s degree at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Shannon has also completed her 200 hour certification at Yogasphere, under the direction of Laura Rothstein and Elle Kaplan and is a registered instructor through The Yoga Alliance. After receiving her yoga certification, she attended a week-long trauma sensitive yoga training at Kripalu Center in Stockbridge Massachusetts facilitated by David Emererson and Jenn Turner.
Shannon has been working with adults, teens and older children with a primary diagnosis of substance abuse, PTSD, personality disorders, and mental health issues for over fifteen years. Her approach to therapy begins with meeting the individual where they are at in their lives by creating a safe and non-judgmental space to work on identifying strengths and challenges. She incorporates strength based, motivational interviewing, CBT, DBT, and ACT therapeutic models within her practice and recognizes that once you addressed the therapeutic barriers you don’t have to ever do it again.
Shannon is also trained within the TREM (trauma, recovery, empowerment model) and has run weekly TREM groups. She also strongly encourages family support and facilitates family, couple, and group sessions to further allow opportunities of growth within the family. Shannon continues her passion for working with individuals by attending ongoing continuing education trainings on codependency, ethics, family systems, brain injury and trauma, addiction, mental health, and cultural diversity.
Shannon’s training has allowed her the opportunity to facilitate yoga classes with individuals in recovery from substance abuse, trauma, and co-occurring diagnosis. She is also a trained chair yoga instructor and regards her style of teaching with elements of vinyasa flow, linking movement to breath, creating space and stillness, and restorative forms. Shannon recognizes the importance of choice when practicing yoga and facilitates classes that allow individuals to become empowered by making choices on their mat.