I believe that everyone is doing their best and that with knowledge, support, and time, anyone can get better. I enjoy working with others to help them grow and improve their mental health. My empathy and warmth help to create a safe, nonjudgmental space where clients can process and heal. I utilize therapeutic approaches that have been researched including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Reality Therapy, and Neurobiology explanations. I believe that therapy is a collaborative process and guides clients to learn, gain new perspectives, and change behaviors to reduce symptoms, improve relationships, and increase life satisfaction.
As part of a military family, I have lived in several places throughout the United States. My passion for helping others has been lifelong. I was in Girl Scouts, volunteered for Easter Seals, and Fond du Lac’s mental health facility before moving on to college where I volunteered at Ronald McDonald House and as a Peer Educator. Life experience has taught me to embrace diversity and engage people where they are.
I have over 25 years of experience helping individuals who are grieving, overcoming trauma, struggling to feel happy or safe, facing transitions in life, and dealing with mental illness or substance abuse. I have worked in residential care, hospitals, and outpatient settings. I am Licensed in Alabama and certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors. I am also certified as a Substance Abuse Professional.
Malia Shipe, LPC, SAP