Like you, I have many roles. In my personal life, I am wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, church member, and volunteer. In my professional life, I am an author and speaker, a counselor educator and supervisor, and Director of Counseling at Triad Baptist Church. I also am the owner of Repurposed Life Ministries, Inc. It’s a lot. But, I have a lot of support, enjoy what I do, and believe fully that I’m doing what God has called me to do.
As for professional credentials, my PhD in counseling and counselor education is from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. My master’s degree in counseling is from Wake Forest University. My undergraduate degree in journalism is from Elon University.
I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Supervisor in North Carolina and serve or have served as a full-time counselor education faculty member in the following graduate programs: Liberty University (since January 2021), Piedmont International University (July 2019 – May 2020), Wake Forest University (2013-2019), and Gardner-Webb University (2010-2013).
Shannon embodies a rare mix of professionalism, empathy, and insight. I’ve come to trust her as one who can help me find a path of wisdom amidst all the clutter.
I genuinely enjoy encouraging people, especially couples and families, to be their best selves and to build healthy, happy relationships. This comes through in my books, public speaking, social media, and day-to-day interactions. It’s ususally a blend of counseling insights (I’m a licensed professional counselor), Biblical truths (I am open about my love for God but don’t judge you if you don’t love God), and humor (I’m not a comedian but people tell me I’m funny, and I love to laugh). This is who I am and how I hope to encourage you. It’s my heart and my calling in life, and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon.
My mission is to encourage and equip you with relationship-building insights and tools so that you can DIY (do it yourself) and be better able to make the changes that you’re trying to make in your relationships. You may already have great relationship-building tools and abilities, in which case I’m affirming and cheerleading you on as you work to maintain healthy, happy relationships. Or, you may be in a tough season of life and struggling with one or more relationships, and so I hope to inspire you and provide you with practical ideas that can help you and your loved ones get your relationships back on track.
For more information about the DIY I’m talking about, read mine and Dr. Gary Chapman’s book, The DIY Guide to Building a Family That Lasts (2019). Ultimately, through this book and any of my other resources, I hope to be someone you trust to provide you with encouraging, practical information and support that truly helps you be your best emotional and relational self and helps you and your loved ones build lasting relationships.