After working in healthcare for many years, Shawnee developed a desire to become more active in helping people overcome the challenges in their lives. This desire soon transformed into a passion, which led Shawnee to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Addiction Counselor. She named her private mental health practice Alpine’s Empowerment Agency, both as a tribute to what she works with her clients toward—self-empowerment and overcoming their challenges—and after her grandmother, who has been a spiritual guide and angel for Shawnee, guiding her life long after she’s passed.
Alpine’s Empowerment Agency provides a private space where individuals and families can receive counseling to uncover and address the root causes of the problems they face today. Shawnee has a passion for working with individuals who battle with substance abuse, depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, anger, low self-esteem, and those who are grieving a loved one or having difficulties adjusting to a sudden life change. Through her agency, Shawnee strives to serve as her grandmother did, as a guide to those who are struggling in life, bringing them to a statement of acceptance and contentment.
Not only does Shawnee work with those in need of mental and spiritual healing, but she also aids in physical wellbeing. Shawnee is the owner of Love & Serenity Wellness, which is a company that provides natural, chemical-free hair, body, and skin products. Within this company, Shawnee incorporates her talents in the mental health sector by also providing books and consultation services that aid in healing, understanding, and gaining wisdom that guides individuals to fulfill their true purpose in life. With this business, Shawnee strives to work with new and aspiring entrepreneurs, teaching them how to reduce the barriers in their life, gain the knowledge that they need to be successful, and obtain the resources that they need to gain a sense of serenity and love for themselves as they venture out on their financial journey.
Shawnee knows that everyone has the potential to achieve their goals. She’s made it her life goal to help others overcome the barriers and traumas that stand in the way of their life purpose.
Shawnee is an author who released her book, “Shifting Your Mindset: A Guide to Overcome Depression, Anxiety & Trauma” October 2020. The book focuses on identifying ways to change your perspective on life. As a mental health therapist, Shawnee wrote scenarios based on her own life experiences to give the readers a great idea of how they can overcome many life obstacles–from unhealthy relationships to abandonment issues. Available for order on Amazon Kindle and the Love & Serenity Wellness website.
LM: Tell me a little about you.
SP: I’m a mother of one son. I grew up in Springfield, IL and I now reside in St. Louis MO. I am a mental health therapist, mindset coach, and author. I value my family and my spirituality.
LM: What was the inspiration for the story?
SP: As a therapist, I noticed that the calling on my life required me to reach a larger population of people and I wouldn’t be able to do that in this life only through 1:1 therapy. Expanding my knowledge through books would assist me in connecting with more people. I’m a big advocate for people healing so I wanted to be part of many people’s healing journeys.
LM: Why did you choose this title?
SP: I chose this title because I recognized the misinformation many have about life and the limited perceptions that cause them to not heal from past life decisions.
LM: What did you learn while writing the book?
SP: I learned that people needed to hear the raw truth about me and how I was able to overcome my own issues with trauma.
LM: What’s your favorite part or chapter of the book? Why?
SP: The book is broken down into three parts. My favorite part of the book is the first part which is, Attuning to Yourself. It allowed me to learn how to better connect and build a relationship with myself. It allows people to build a strong intimate relationship with themselves and gain self-knowledge and awareness about things they haven’t spent much time on before.
LM: What were some challenges you experienced while writing this book?
SP: I was holding back from adding parts of me into the book. My initial focus was to provide my audience with ways to heal themselves and I had to stop writing at times to address my own stuff.
LM: What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book?
SP: I discovered that I was still in a lot of pain from my past and it was impacting my ability to manage all types of relationships with people.
LM: What do you like to do when you are not writing?
SP: I enjoy traveling and experiencing different cities and countries. I love the outdoors and spending time with family.
LM: What advice would you tell someone who aspires to write or be an author?
SP: Write the book and do it fearlessly, someone needs to hear your story!
Book Summary: Shifting Your Mindset: A Guide to Overcome Depression, Anxiety & Trauma
There are times in our life where we reflect on our past. We remember the good times, the fun times, and then get stuck on the bad ones; the battles of our life, and the emotional scars that gnaw at us. They hold us captive and take us down an emotional roller coaster that we can’t get off of. Well, it’s time to get off. Shifting Your Mindset is a process that will not only help you face those battles from your past but will help you heal the emotional scars attached so that your future won’t be held captive by them. Topics discussed in the book are: learning to trust yourself, responding to abandonment issues, learning ways to forgive yourself and others, and exercises with a journal prompt to help you dive deeper!
You can purchase the book here.