Shanaz Ikonne, LPC, NCC
School-Based Clinical Therapist

Shanaz is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling and a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). Shanaz enjoys working with BIPOC populations that include children and adults. She specializes in treating depression, anxiety, mood disorders and trauma in children, adolescents, and families utilizing play therapy, art interventions, and other modalities. Shanaz has extensive knowledge about inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospitalization services in addition to crisis counseling including treatment of dual diagnoses and addictions. She is an advocate for providing holistic mental health services to underserved communities, de-stigmatizing mental health and empowering her community through education and advocacy. Shanaz operates from a person-centered perspective meaning the groundwork is done by building trust, rapport, and being genuine with the client. She also integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) into sessions and believes every individual is unique and therefore is treated as such. She seeks to create a safe space for tuning in to feelings, finding balance, healing, and working on change. Shanaz believes that a safe and trusting relationship is the foundation for therapeutic work and uses a collaborative, strengths-based approach with clients. Her focus includes anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, self-esteem challenges, social problems, and adjustment to life transitions. She is passionate about serving minority clients and establishes rapport and trust within the therapeutic relationship.  Shanaz is an advocate for mental health for all and is passionate about dissolving issues of systemic racism, promoting equality and social justice, and removing barriers and stigma related to mental wellness. Shanaz enjoys traveling, yoga, spicy food, and spending time with friends and family.