Shannon  Stern

Shannon Stern


Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
Massachusetts, Texas Waitlist Online
Clarksville Accepting In-person
Updated January 4, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Social anxiety
  • Eating disorders & disordered eating
  • Emotion regulation
  • Relationship issues
  • Depression
  • Trauma

Professional statement

It is human nature to try and avoid pain, at any cost. Even emotional pain! Perhaps this means avoiding that tough conversation, working overtime to avoid mistakes, or avoiding certain foods in fear of losing control or being judged. Although these behaviors provide short term relief, they can leave negative impacts on our relationships, body, and mind. Therapy can offer new tools, support, and accountability to find that peace in less damaging ways. Don't let TikTok be your only therapist! You don't have to navigate life's biggest stressors alone.

Shannon’s approach to therapy combines Humanistic Psychology, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She is also trained in EMDR Therapy. Shannon helps clients learn how to identify the parts of themselves that result in negative self-image, low confidence, and engagement in unhealthy patterns, and learn how to cope with difficult emotions and distress. Shannon believes skills-based learning, grounding techniques, and a strong therapeutic relationship can be helpful in regulating feelings such as panic, sadness, and hopelessness. Shannon creates a warm, collaborative environment in her practice, welcoming clients to be vulnerable and express themselves fully.

Shannon earned a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Boston College, and completed her clinical internship at a local college counseling center. She has nearly ten years of experience as a mental health clinician, with an extensive background working with clients struggling with eating disorders. She helps motivated clients feel less stuck in their lives and encourages them to take careful, thoughtful steps towards personal growth.

Message to clients

I get it! It can be exhausting "therapist shopping" and having to re-tell your story repeatedly. I encourage you to find a therapist that is a good fit for your needs in order to build trust and emotional safety. If you would benefit from a therapist that offers humor, curiosity, validation, and coping tools, contact me! I'd be happy to chat and learn more about what you're hoping for through therapy. I am currently seeing clients virtually and in person at my Austin, TX office, as I hold counseling licenses in both the states of Texas and Massachusetts. Our first session will include history taking, goal setting, and an assessment of your current symptoms or challenges.


Social anxiety - Helping clients increase confidence and ability to interact with others amidst fear of being judged, worry about embarrassment, or concern about offending others

Eating disorders & disordered eating - Reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating

Emotion regulation - Learning how to effectively manage the ups and downs of intense emotions; developing coping skills to use in a variety of settings to calm oneself and to give an appropriate amount of space to emotions

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse


  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Aetna

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $175 (50min)
  • Initial session: $200 (60min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week
Therapist's note


Online Sessions (Massachusetts)
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10am-5pm
  • Tue 9am-6pm
  • Wed 10am-6pm
  • Thu 10am-6pm
  • Fri 10am-2pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Texas)
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9am-4pm
  • Tue 8am-5pm
  • Wed 9am-5pm
  • Thu 9am-5pm
  • Fri 9am-1pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Clarksville practice
1613 W 6th St, Austin, Texas 78703
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 9 years

Commonwealth Psychology Associates, Therapist, 2019 - 2022
Walden Behavioral Care, Assistant Program Director, 2018 - 2019
Walden Behavioral Care, Adolescent and Adult Clinician , 2016 - 2018

Boston College, Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology, 2015
University of Vermont, Bachelor's Degree in Psychology , 2012


Massachusetts: 10536

Texas: 89873



Client testimonials

"Very empathetic, easy to work with, highly recommend!"
- Zencare client • October 2023