Shawnteal Pernell, LMSW

About Shawnteal Pernell, LMSW

Dearborn

How many times have you convinced yourself that everything will be “ok”? How long have you masked those inner conflicts while attempting to appear normal? What is stopping you from focusing on your own needs? A great Pastor once said “everyone has some secret suffering and private pain”. I shall never forget that quote and have used those very words to better assist my clients during the most difficult times of their lives. Many of us go through our days in such an orchestrated manner that we tend to neglect the well being of our mental and
emotional health.

As life would have it, through my own personal and professional experiences, I am able to provide realistic perspectives and a true commitment to improving the lives of others. I seek to
build insight within my clients in an effort to reduce their distress and assist them with regaining their own sense of power and control. Nearly ten years of experience within the healthcare setting have given me the opportunity to work with depression/anxiety, substance abuse, bereavement, misaligned family dynamics, domestic violence and various psychiatric diagnoses just to name a few. My client population has ranged from children to geriatrics, individuals, couples and groups. Over the years I have become no stranger to those complex scenarios that do not necessarily have straightforward resolutions.

As a proud graduate of Michigan State University (BA-Psychology) and Wayne State University (MSW), I am fully licensed to practice clinical therapy. My therapeutic approaches include but are not limited to cognitive behavioral therapy, existential therapy, psychodynamic therapy as well integrative therapy. However, each encounter is tailor-made to fit your particular needs and goals. If it is necessary to incorporate your support system into your treatment, I certainly welcome that option as well. I provide you with a great sense of optimism even if you are not ready to give it to yourself. I believe that every one of us has a past but should not be defined by it. We all have hurdles that have merely acted as roadblocks to our success and most importantly we all want to be heard. Now is your time to try another way. Infuse your life with action. You owe it to yourself. Let’s take this journey together.

Specialties:

Bereavement/Grief
Children & Adolescents
Depression/Anxiety
Family
Parenting
Stress