Shannon Aldridge-Smith, LPC, MHSP
Shannon is a licensed professional counselor and certified mental health provider who has been in private practice for 6 years. Her practice encompasses children and adults living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Perfectionism, Scrupulosity, Skin Picking, Tics/Tourettes, Trichotillomania, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Shannon graduated with a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Studies in 1986 from Mercer University. She worked as a therapist and program director in a therapeutic foster care program. In 2005 she completed the process to become a licensed professional counselor and a certified mental health services provider. This allowed Shannon to practice independently in the state of Tennessee as a therapist and a mental health diagnostician.
Shannon uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure Response Prevention, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and skills training (Social & basic life skills) to provide evidenced based care for her clients.
Children and Adolescents: Shannon has more than 20 years of experience working with adolescents in Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization care. She treats mental health issues within an individual as well as within the family systems. She works closely with adolescents to identify specific behavioral changes, coping skills, and life skills to improve their life satisfaction. She also works with their parents and guardians to help the family as a unit address necessary changes to manage symptoms and improve family life.
Autism Spectrum Disorder: As a parent of an adult child on the Autistic Spectrum she has a unique and compassionate understanding of the individual and family needs associated with the autism spectrum. She has dedicated a large part of her clinical training to remain current on all new treatment recommendations in the field of autism spectrum disorders.