Shannon Leigh Trewartha
Shannon graduated from the University of Rio Grande, in Rio Grande, Ohio before completing her Master’s Degree in Art therapy and Counseling at EVMS in 2004. Her Master’s thesis explored the use of the Bird’s Nest Drawing assessment in gaining knowledge about the attachment strategies of adolescents in foster care. Shannon became a Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC) in 2006 and gained Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) status in 2010. Provision of ATR and LPC supervision for aspiring art therapists and residents in counseling has been a rewarding means of investing in the profession. Currently, Shannon is a community faculty member with the EVMS Art Therapy and Counseling Program, honored to be the instructor for the Adolescent Art Therapy and Counseling Skills course. Shannon has been a part of the community faculty since 2010. Focus has continued to be on fostering wellness in children, adolescents, and their families. Shannon has served as an art therapist at secured and unsecured residential treatment facilities for youth in Newport News, Hampton, and Virginia Beach. She has practiced counseling with all ages in outpatient clinic settings in the city of Norfolk and provided over 7 years of clinical assessment, specifically for individuals diagnosed with a Severe Mental Illness (SMI). Shannon has had the opportunity to assess and co-facilitate Moral Recognation Therapy (MRT) with adults that had been diagnosed with mental health, substance use, and co-occurring disorders who were also involved with the judicial system.
Current position is with the Norfolk Community Services Board as a clinician on the Child and Adolescent Mobile Crisis Team. Shannon provides crisis intervention and case management as well as brief counseling to youth in the community. Present calling is to assist in promoting the overall mental health of our community. Theoretical approach is person-centered, with the incorporation of Cognitive-Behavioral concepts, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Gestalt, and psychoanalytic theory, as appropriate. Shannon believes in the power of mindfulness and the healing properties of nature, creativity, meaningful interaction with others, solitude, proper nutrition, physical activity, mental stimulation, spirituality, and restful sleep. Free time is spent with family and friends, enjoying the arts and the outdoors or exploring Hampton Roads with her mentee.