Hi, I am Dr. Shanita Brown. It is my belief that people have the capacity to learn, change, and grow so that they may experience more meaningful, healthier, and happier lives. The fact that you are seeking counseling demonstrates your commitment to enhancing your mental and emotional wellbeing. I provide a safe, supportive, warm, inclusive, and nonjudgmental space for clients to be free and vulnerable for insight and healing. My role is to facilitate that process and partner with you on your journey. I have professionally guided many families and individuals to healthier coping strategies, emotional wellness, and productive lives. Whether it is healing emotional wounds, enhancing life coping skills or simply general self-improvement, I look forward to a therapeutic relationship to address whatever counseling needs you may have.
I have over 10+ years of experience working in the clinical mental health field serving a diverse clientele (various race/ethnicities, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, etc.) in both individual and group settings. Example area of counseling includes depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD, PTSD, coping skills, substance abuse, domestic violence trauma/abuse, sexual violence, and other specific situations that impairs personal growth or impends functions of individuals, families, social or work environment. Also, I have experience working in various capacities such as school-based mental health therapist, in-home counselor, private practice, case manager, supervisor and consultant.
I am also an Adjunct Professor of Counselor Education for UNC-Pembroke where I teach graduate counseling courses. Previously, I was a Visiting Asst. Professor of Counselor Education at Wake Forest University. As a counselor educator, it is my passion to educate, empower and inspire people to develop transformative and empowering dialogue around the intersection of domestic and sexual violence, faith/spirituality as a coping strategy, mental health wellness and multicultural counseling. For example, I occasionally provide workshops and trainings and served on the board of directors for a domestic and sexual violence agency. In addition, I am very involved in the counseling profession, held leadership positions, received awards, authored scholarly articles, and have a wealth of professional counseling presentations on national, regional, and state levels. I believe that staying abreast on the latest counseling modalities and actively involved in the counseling profession is an asset for clients and the community I served. My education and credentials include:
PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision from North Carolina State University
Licensed Professional Counselor
National Certified Counselor
Approved Clinical Supervisor
I believe that offering an eclectic blend of theoretical orientations and an integrative approach is an ideal way to take account of the whole person and developed a therapeutic relationship. Examples of theoretical orientations include person-centered, insight-oriented, cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, relational cultural, critical race theories and developmental models. I also believe in honoring one’s spiritual journey and integrate spirituality into counseling when requested.
I offers in-office and video counseling or Teletherapy (please check with your insurance if teletherapy is covered in the outpatient therapy benefits or you can choose to private pay).
Please note, clients are responsible for calling their insurance to verify insurance benefits for Outpatient Therapy (in-network or out-of-network benefits if Wake Counseling provider is not in-network with your insurance plan). Here are commonly accepted plans by this provider:
BCBS (Out-of-Network for Blue-Local Plans for Duke & WakeMed)
Aetna (credentialing pending)
Out-of-Network Insurance: I can provide a “Super Bill” or an Invoice for client to submit to their insurance for reimbursement. Client is responsible for verifying out-of-network benefits with their insurance plan.
Or let a third party like 'Better' handle your out-of-network claims. Better is an app for filing out-of-network health insurance claims. Send Better a photo of your claim and they will handle the rest, including determining your eligibility and following-up with your health insurance company. Download the Better iPhone app or signing up online.
Private pay, fee schedule is as following for psychotherapy session:
Initial Assessment/Consultation - $150
45 minute session - $90
45-60 minutes - $120
* There will be $50 no-show/late cancellation fee for missed appointment on weekdays & $90 no-show/late cancellation fee for weekend appointment unless cancel appointment 24 hours in advance.