Shanly Weber, MA, SEP
I invite you to contact me for a free initial phone consultation to get to know me, discuss your concerns, ask any questions you have about counseling or my practice and gain a sense of how we could best work together. To schedule a free initial phone consultation, please contact me via email or call me at (303) 489-8432.
The standard rate for a 1-hour individual session or Skype distance counseling session is $185. I also provide couples/relationship sessions and longer sessions at an additional charge.
Payments can be made via Venmo: @Shanly-Weber (preferred), Zelle: [email protected] (preferred), Square, or PayPal. I also take cash, check, and credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover). I do not work directly with insurance providers, but I can provide you with a super bill for you to submit to your insurance company/healthcare plan for possible reimbursement.
Need to send a custom payment amount? Use Venmo @Shanly-Weber (preferred). Canadians use PayPal link.
Please email me to confirm your appointment before paying.
Appointments can be scheduled weekly, bi-weekly or as needed. Please contact me for availability and to schedule an appointment. I prefer to schedule via email.
Trauma occurs every day, and very few of us make it through life without being affected by a situation or event that causes us to question our safety and general wellbeing. Some people experience developmental trauma in childhood through abuse or neglect. Growing up in volatile environments, where parents were unavailable or harsh, can impact our ability to feel secure in adult relationships, set and maintain healthy boundaries and have a solid sense of self.
The good news is that somatic therapy has been proven to be highly effective in treating trauma. With the right approach, the help and support of an experienced and compassionate trauma therapist and a willingness to engage in the somatic therapy process, it is possible for you to heal from your trauma and experience more calm, balance and joy in your life.
If you’re struggling to communicate and connect with your partner, you are not alone. Once the honeymoon ends and couples have spent real time together, the darker, more unregulated sides of each person’s personality inevitably come to surface. The relationship and engagement becomes less fresh and more anticipatory, especially if and when fears or aggression have been expressed. It’s normal and natural for these darker sides to play out in intimate relationships. And, the “shadow side” that our partners often trigger is not bad. Rather, it is the piece of ourselves that needs attention and healing so we can feel whole. In a sense, we hire our partners to help us expose and tend to the darker sides of ourselves. And, when we understand and begin to process our triggers, real healing and growth can occur—both for us as individuals and for our relationships.
The time spent in the midst of change—whether it was something you wanted or not—can be a stressful, frustrating and sometimes even seemingly helpless experience. Although you may be trying to stay grounded and present, it may have become difficult to focus on tasks at hand or to be available to the people you love. Rather than gaining clarity and calmness with time, everyday may feel increasingly uncertain, unfamiliar and upsetting.
If you’re struggling to accept and process a significant life transition, you are not alone. Almost everyone bumps up against at least one big change in life that causes feelings of uncertainty, anxiety and fear. Although change is inevitable and is the only thing that is a guarantee in life, humans are wired to be resistant to change. In fact, it is not treatment for mental health disorders, but, rather, the need for support and guidance during a challenging transition that brings countless people to therapy.
Struggling with attachment issues can be a confusing, stressful and lonely experience. You may have struggled with intimate and interpersonal relationships for years, unsure of why it has been so difficult for you to connect meaningfully with another and sustain a healthy relationship.
With guidance, support and a somatic approach that is right for you, it is possible to let go of the past, heal and feel whole. You can develop secure relationships with the people in your life, attract a healthy partner and stay grounded, balanced and happy in the present.
Inspired by the ancient Tibetan practice of Chöd, developed by the 11th century Buddhist yogini Machig Labdrön and modernized by Lama Tsultrim Allione, Feeding Your Demons is designed for Westerners to access the spiritual practice of befriending the demons that keep us stuck and in pain. Allione’s modernized approach to this ancient practice offers a profound path of self-transformation for today’s people. By feeding love and compassion to the shadow aspects of your consciousness, you can reverse the conventional paradigm of fighting your demons and allow your psyche to move from polarization toward integration.
The practice of feeding rather than fighting your demons allows you to delve inward, make friends with your pain and fears and undergo deep transformation. Whether you are angry, confused, traumatized, craving, longing, shameful or lost, this work can help you find liberation from your pain by nurturing your demons rather than fighting them.
Because trauma is stored in the body, it needs to be released through the body. Somatic therapy incorporates the mind, body and spirit into therapeutic healing and works to treat and resolve trauma, PTSD and other mental and emotional health issues through a body-centric approach.
Somatic therapy focuses on body-oriented modalities, such as movement, breath work and meditation, as well as Somatic Experiencing, a highly effective, proven approach to treating trauma designed by Dr. Peter Levine. This advanced form of trauma therapy helps to build your resilience and capacity to be with the experience, allowing you to gradually and gently process the trauma rather than continue to suppress it. Talk therapy will be part of the process. We can also incorporate trauma touch therapy (if you feel comfortable with gentle, noninvasive touch), which can help to gently realign the organs. This can be particularly effective if you’ve experienced trauma through physical injury, medical trauma, an accident or an assault and/or suffer from chronic pain.
I customize a therapeutic approach that best supports and addresses each of my client’s specific history, personality, needs and therapy goals. With this support and guidance, the right approach for you and a willingness to engage with curiosity and a commitment to the therapy process, I can help you develop capacity to enjoy your life rather than endure it.
— Shanly Weber