Shannon Sennott, LICSW

Clinical Sex Therapy Associate

Pronouns: she/her/hers

I have always struggled with therapy….I appreciate and value being challenged and being exposed to perspectives that are different from my own, and Shannon has the ability to do that in a way that both pushes me to grow, but also holds who I am in a loving and supportive way. She is engaging. She is open. I don't feel self-conscious or embarrassed in her office. I feel comfortable bringing my whole self with all of my broken and difficult parts into the room. She is queer, and safe, and that matters. I am lucky to have found her.


–Anonymous

Shannon is a sex educator, gender justice activist, and an LGBTQAI+ family therapist. She utilizes a transfeminist therapeutic approach in working with differently-gendered adolescents, individuals, and trans families. Her interests extend to working with couples, polyamorous relationships (polyships), and groups, and she especially enjoys working with those in alternative family structures. Her clinical orientation is influenced by both the narrative and the open dialogue traditions.

Shannon has a broad range of expertise, having completed clinical trainings in anxiety disorders, depressive and mood disorders, dual diagnosis, sexuality and gender identity concerns, grief and loss, and trauma.

She is a co-founder of the advocacy and education organization, Translate Gender, Inc., based in Northampton, MA.

Education:
Smith College School of Social Work, MSW
Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society, New York, NY

Training:
Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Levels 1 and 2
Institute for Dialogic Practice, Certification in Open Dialogue and Dialogic Practice, Levels 1 and 2

My partner and I have been seeing Shannon for many years as we have navigated many relationship issues including my gender transition, our transition from a heterosexual to same sex couple, issues around intimacy, coming out to business associates, children, family, and friends, and the general relationship issues that any couple faces. Neither of us was a novice to therapy when we realized we needed someone to work with us as a couple. We’ve both seen the good, the bad, and the ugly sides of therapy, so we were a bit apprehensive about finding the right person. The moment we met Shannon, we both instantly knew we had met someone special. Her guidance, wisdom, and compassionate heart have helped us through many difficult times. She has the knack of asking the right (although sometimes difficult) questions at the right time. She is honest without taking sides or being judgmental. In short, I don’t know where we would be without her and can’t imagine a more capable therapist….As far as I’m concerned, she’s as good as they come!


–L.W. and P. K

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