About Jeff Shannon, LMFT
I earned a BA degree from California State University, Northridge in Psychology and an MA degree in social/clinical psychology from New College of California. I obtained a license for Marriage & Family Therapy in 1998.
I am a contributing writer for Calibre Press, writing on topics related to emotional wellness for law enforcement officers. I provide training to government, non-profit, and businesses on stress-management, crisis de-escalation, and threat assessment.
I earned a Master Instructor Certificate through the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) (MICC 9).
Jeff Shannon, LMFT
The first 1-3 sessions I refer to as "consultations." This is the period where I will ask you a lot of questions, such as what brought you in, what you hope to get out of therapy, etc. During this period I will form an opinion as to whether or not I think I can help you. It is also a period for you to decide if you feel comfortable with me. For any course of treatment to be successful you have to be able to feel comfortable enough with your therapist to let down some of the normal defense mechanisms that usually protect us.
The two primary theoretical frameworks which I employ in my practice are cognitive-behavioral therapy and positive psychology. As a cognitive-behavioral therapist, I am active and direct. I may assign you homework assignments to complete in between sessions. My bias is that wellness is work. If you are not willing to work to be well, it will not happen on its own.
Positive psychology involves the integration of daily practices, such as mindfulness, meditation, gratitude, and altruism. It emphasizes the importance of social support in living a fully expressed, contented life.