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Shemya Vaughn(She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Anxiety - Depression- LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics- Trauma-Childhood trauma-Complex PTSD (C-PTSD)-

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Professional statement

Dr. Shemya Vaughn provides counseling to people in BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities who are living with anxiety, depression, and trauma. She specializes in working with adults recovering from childhood abuse and neglect; adults raised by emotionally immature parents. Sometimes this means helping people recover from abusive romantic relationships as well.

Dr. Vaughn's aim is to decolonize therapy using a trauma-informed approach to make sure people in the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ community feel safe, affirmed, and validated in the therapy space. She adjusts her therapy approach depending on your personality and/or what issues you want to work on. People have called her a thought companion who helps them notice their blind spots.

Dr. Vaughn has her master's degree and doctorate in rehabilitation counseling and received training in crisis counseling, sex therapy, queer affirming therapy, and providing adjustment therapy to people with disabilities (adjusting to having a medical or mental health diagnosis as an adult). In her previous careers, she was a counseling professor, a college counselor, and an employment counselor for Veterans.

Schedule a free 15-minute video consultation to determine if the two of you are a good fit. She is licensed in California and Missouri and provides virtual therapy sessions Monday - Thursday in the afternoon and evening.

Message to clients

Allow me to become your thought companion on this mental health journey toward joy. People of color and people living in the queer community deserve to not only survive the systems of oppression and marginalization that we navigate, but we also deserve to thrive. Those of us experiencing anxiety and depression while also healing from trauma need to work with a therapist who gets it.

Let’s work together to place you on a path to transformation. You have an idea in your head already about what kind of amazing life you want to build, and you may view anxiety, depression, and trauma as obstacles or barriers to this new life. We can decolonize the therapy process by helping you unlearn unhealthy and unhelpful lessons and habits you were taught in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. These lessons and habits do not serve you; they do not affirm you or validate you. Let’s build a new way of viewing yourself and your life.

You have the power to take action and change the direction of your life starting today. We can partner together to create a new way of thinking, a new worldview, and use that foundation to create a life of softness, a life of ease, and the ability to rest and recover when life is not soft, when life is not easy.

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 15 years

Michigan State University, PhD in Rehabilitation Counselor Education, 2009
Maryville University, Master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, 2004


California: 11850 - Missouri: 2014002625




Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

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

LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

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

Childhood trauma - Learning how traumatic events in childhood can translate into adulthood; processing through difficult memories with the goal of moving past the experience and lingering symptoms

Complex PTSD (C-PTSD) - Recovering from the impact of long-term, repeated traumatic events, such as emotional abuse and neglect


  • Adults (24+)
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)
  • Loveland Therapy Fund Clients

Locations & Hours

All video consultations and therapy sessions are scheduled Monday - Thursday.


  • Aetna (in-network in CA, MO)
  • Cigna (in-network in CA, MO)
  • Optum (in-network in CA, MO)
  • United Healthcare (in-network in CA, MO)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$215 (60min)
  • Initial session:$215 (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
  • IvyPay
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • As needed
Therapist's note

For clients who use Loveland vouchers, I accept the maximum reimbursement of 120.00 per session. You are not billed for the balance.