Shawna Munson, MA, LPC-S, LMFT Associate
LMFT Associate license supervised by Dr. Leonard Bohanon
Serenity House Counseling Director
Limited MFT Availability
Helping to Make Tomorrow Better than Today
Hi! My name is Shawna Munson and I am the founder and Director of Serenity House Counseling in Livingston, TX. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Texas A&M University in 2003 and immediately went to work in social services. After seeing how many children and families were in need of a supportive therapist to help them through trauma, stress, and anxiety from their experiences, I returned to school at Sam Houston State University to pursue a Master of Arts in Counseling. Upon graduation in 2008, I learned about a new population that was in need of therapy services, so I spent the next 5 years of my career working in corrections as a therapist. During this time period, I also had the experience of being a foster parent and working with foster children as they learned to cope with circumstances they did not understand and worked to integrate into new families. In 2014, I left corrections and began working at the Department of Veteran Affairs under the Vet Center program as a therapist. I love working with military populations and their families and as a result, I began pursuing my Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy with an emphasis on Military Families in 2015. I am currently finishing up this program and hope to graduate in 2022! I love this population so much that I moved my entire family cross country to manage a Vet Center in Citrus Heights, California before returning home to Texas and opening my private practice in Livingston, TX in 2020.
I love to work with individuals, couples, teens, and veterans and their families. I believe that all people have the capability of solving most of their concerns on their own when someone asks the right questions to help. I enjoy working with issues such as PTSD, anxiety, relationship concerns, sexual concerns, and parenting. I find that most people simply want to be heard and to have someone hold space for them without judgment or criticism in order to work through their own needs.
I view therapy from the lens that the client knows what's best for them and they are the driver. I am the passenger helping with the navigation system! I work with clients from a client-centered philosophy with aspects of cognitive-behavioral and reality therapy. I love to work with individuals, couples, and veterans, along with their families.
My goal is to help make tomorrow better than today. My hope for you is that you build a relationship with your therapist based on mutual respect, dependability, and openness. If you are looking for someone who can hold space for you and to create a safe environment where you can be yourself, contact us today!
"Progress is progress, no matter how small. An inchworm moves an inch at a time but as long as it is moving forward, it is making progress!" -Shawna