Mission

Heather’s intention as a sex therapist is to help reduce shame and stigma around sexuality so people can fully embrace and enjoy their sexual selves!

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Heather Shannon, LCPC - Sex-Positive Psychotherapist

Heather’s Values:

Sex Positivity. Your sexual identity is a natural, wonderful part of who you are. Sex between consenting adults is just fine no matter what activities you choose to do or not do.

Intersectional Feminism. I truly love and appreciate diversity and have great respect for the different paths we have all walked. I also have a growing awareness for how our different identities intersect with each other and am dedicated to continuing to educate myself in this area. I don’t presume to know everything about someone else’s experience and enter each client relationship with a culturally humble attitude.

Human Rights. We are all of equal value as humans, period! I don’t stand for treating other humans as lesser beings for any reason.

Freedom of Expression. I hope for each of my clients to be able to be in the world and express themselves in a way that feels authentic and in alignment for them as an individual.

What is Heather’s background?

Heather’s undergrad is in Finance, so suffice it to say she’s a career changer! In 2004, Heather got her Master’s in School Counseling and worked as a High School Counselor for 6 years, starting her private practice at the end of 2011 and going full-time into private practice in 2012.

Heather dedicated significant time to learning about and spreading the message of holistic health. She earned a 10-month health coaching certificate in 2011 and has also completed formal training in how genetic mutations impact mental (and physical!) health. She served as Chairperson of the wellness committee at East Leyden High School and Co-Chair of the Health Coaches of Chicago. Heather also authored a blog for the American Counseling Association and has published a textbook chapter on nutritional stress-management strategies for Stress in the Modern World by ABC-CLIO Publishing.

Heather’s post-degree professional development training includes topics such as: Integrative Eye Movement, Solution-Focused Therapy, Attachment Theory, Embodied Wellness, Ericksonian Hypnosis, Internal Family Systems, Mental Health First Aid and Gottman Level I Couples Counseling. Heather remains invested in ongoing professional development about sex, intimacy and relationships. In her personal time, Heather has completed 15+ mindfulness courses, several meditation retreats and countless hours of self-education on digestive disorders and testing.

Heather is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists (AASECT).

Heather Shannon, LCPC - Sex-Positive Psychotherapist