Therapist Spotlight: Shawn Flynn, LCSW

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Shawn Flynn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in treating adults of diverse backgrounds.  She has worked extensively with victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and childhood trauma.  Additionally, Shawn is passionate about working with clients managing addiction, depression, anxiety, grief and loss. Read her full bio here.

Shawn works from our North Michigan Avenue and Hinsdale offices. To schedule an appointment with Shawn, please contact our intake department.

What self-care techniques or activities do you do?

Bubble Baths, Walking, Yoga, Listening to Music, Tapping in my positive resources, Spending time with friends and family, Traveling to new places

What made you become a therapist?

Growing up I never thought about becoming a therapist. When I was little, I wanted to be a marine biologist and then in high school my dream was to be a writer. I entered college as a journalism major. There was always something that drew me to people’s stories and experiences, but it wasn’t until college I realized I wanted to help people tell and redefine their stories in a different way.

Randomly, I took a class called “Intimate Relations.” This class was a defining moment for me. I loved learning about the ways we connect to others and ways we cause our relationships harm. I was fascinated by this elective class so much, I completely changed my major. My class schedule became consumed with psychology and counseling courses. I loved learning about human connection, resiliency and vulnerability. This love was only strengthened by the internships and jobs I had after. I was hooked and the rest was history.

What are your specialties?

I define myself as an EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) therapist. Additionally, I specialize in working with adults managing addiction and past trauma. I love this work and am very passionate about EMDR.

Did you have a career before becoming a therapist?

I have had SO many jobs in my lifetime but none that I consider a career.

Why do you believe that counseling can help?  

Counseling can help for so many reasons, but I think the biggest reason counseling can help is to challenge the notion that we are alone in our suffering. We can live in a very isolated and invalidating place; counseling enables us to be seen, heard and felt. It can repair the damage done from things that have happened to us that might have created distortions in our perceptions of ourselves or the world.

Why is it important to seek counseling?

Its important to seek counseling ultimately to have clarity, understanding, and acceptance. It helps us to heal from experiences that have caused us harm. Additionally, counseling allows us to challenge ourselves, our beliefs and our realities so that we can feel more whole, less isolated and have meaningful connections to others.