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Forest Road

Shannon Nelson



Get to know me

Shannon is a beacon of inspiration and compassion in the realm of behavioral health. With nine years of experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Shannon is a dedicated advocate for mental wellness, supporting clients across the age spectrum, from birth to adults.

Shannon's approach is a harmonious blend of traditional and holistic therapies, a testament to her commitment to providing comprehensive care. Using expressive arts therapies, music, role-playing, and mindfulness alongside more conventional talk and play therapy techniques, she fosters a strong and safe connection with her clients. Her versatility allows her to tailor her methods to the unique needs of each individual, creating a therapeutic space that promotes growth and well-being.

As a Social-Emotional Consultant for children aged birth to three in Illinois’ Early Intervention Program, Shannon exemplifies her commitment to early intervention and developmental support. Her previous experience as a counselor for adolescents with substance abuse issues in an inpatient setting showcases her dedication to addressing diverse mental health challenges.

Beyond her clinical roles, Shannon remains a steadfast friend and advocate for historically marginalized communities. She serves as an ally to BIPOC and LGBTQIA populations, channeling her professional expertise into creating positive change at local, state, and federal levels. Shannon's education journey, from Rockford College to National-Louis University, reflects her commitment to continuous learning and staying abreast of mental health trends.

Residing in Oregon, IL, Shannon's personal life mirrors her professional values. As a mother to two children, a wife, and a pet owner, she understands the importance of connection and support in all aspects of life. A die-hard Cubs fan, Shannon cherishes memories like seeing Ryne Sandberg inducted into the Hall of Fame, symbolizing the joy and camaraderie that sports can bring.

In her pursuit of balance and connection with the natural world, Shannon is a trainee in the University of Illinois Master Gardener Program. Her love for the outdoors extends to her garden, where she finds solace and rejuvenation. A dreamer at heart, Shannon aspires to run her own food truck on a beach overseas, showcasing her adventurous spirit and commitment to embracing life's possibilities.

Shannon's journey is an inspiring tapestry of advocacy, compassion, and a deep connection to the well-being of individuals and communities. Her story resonates as a beacon of hope, encouraging others to embrace their unique paths while contributing positively to the collective journey toward mental wellness and inclusivity.

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(815) 200-6444

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