Shanaz received her Master’s of Science degree in Counseling with a specialization in Play Therapy from University of North Texas and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from The University of Texas at Dallas. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Board Certified Counselor. 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 diagnosis’ and addictions. She is a 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 therapeutic approaches 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 enjoys cooking, exercising, spending time with family/friends, volunteering in her community and church.
Vida Clinic specializes in school-based mental health and provides a range of services that include individual, family, and group counseling; teacher training and consultation groups; school-wide workshops and trauma-informed culture building.