Shannon Pugh, MA, LAPC, CCTP

Doctoral Candidate Shannon Pugh, M.A., Licensed Associate Professional Counselor, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, has extensive education, training, and experience in individual psychotherapy and group therapy (for adults, adolescents, and children of all ages), couples counseling, and marriage and family therapy. Shannon offers Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, and Expressive Arts Therapy for children ages 2 years old and up. Shannon also teaches Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) coping skills in a group format. Shannon is warm, compassionate, and authentic in her approach, and she is especially skilled at breaking through those tough barriers of resistance that can be characteristic of so many children and teens who oppose therapy at first. Shannon is very flexible and adaptable in her ability to offer developmentally-appropriate, creative, (and fun!) therapeutic interventions for children and teens of all ages. Shannon understands the importance of providing a safe, inviting, comfortable space for effective therapy and developing a strong bond with each client, and she believes in collaborating with her clients to help them reach their personal goals in therapy and to cultivate a sense of empowerment along the way.

Shannon is currently a doctoral candidate in the PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision program at Liberty University. She earned her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling, with a specialization in Marriage & Family Therapy, from Liberty University, and her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science/ Psychology from the U.S. Air Force Academy. Shannon has also completed advanced graduate course work at Liberty Theological Seminary in Systematic Theology (I & II) and Hermeneutics (Biblical Interpretation). She has received considerable education and training in the integration of psychology and counseling with theology, spirituality, and religion, and she is well-informed in the areas of religious and cultural diversity

Her counseling training includes work at the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas in San Antonio, Family Violence Prevention Services in San Antonio, No Longer Bound long-term residential addictions treatment in Cumming, Georgia, and private practice settings in San Antonio and Alpharetta, Georgia. Shannon also has several years’ experience as a personal trainer and coach, helping her clients meet their goals in the areas of holistic health and wellness, functional fitness and mobility, and nutrition. Because Shannon is committed to ethical practice and to providing the highest quality counseling services for her clients, she is an avid researcher and regularly attends continuing education trainings to maintain competence in the latest evidence-based treatment modalities, therapies, and interventions which she integrates within her customized approach for treating each individual based on his or her unique needs in therapy.



  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
      • Mindfulness
      • Emotion Regulation
      • Distress Tolerance
      • Interpersonal Effectiveness
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
    • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
    • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
    • Self-Compassion Training
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian)
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
    • Attachment theory
  • Family Systems Therapy
    • Forgiveness Therapy
    • Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Somatic Therapies
    • Sensorimotor
    • Somatic Experiencing
    • Emotional Freedom Techniques
  • Expressive Arts/ Creative Arts Therapy
  • Play Therapy (ages 2+)
  • Sand Tray Therapy (ages 2+)
  • Anger Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Integration of an individual’s personal religious/spiritual beliefs and faith traditions in therapy


  • Emotional & Behavior Problems in Children & Adolescents
  • Poor performance or other problems at school
  • Bullying
  • ADHD & Spectrum Disorders
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Trauma, Complex Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Chronic Pain
  • Anger
  • Relational problems
  • Attachment ruptures
  • Parenting concerns
  • Teen concerns
  • Women’s concerns
    • Postpartum Depression/ Postpartum Anxiety
    • Menopause
    • “Sandwich” generation caring for elderly parents
  • Elderly concerns
  • Veterans concerns (deployment of family member, transitioning from military to civilian life, service-related disabilities)
  • Pre-marital counseling
  • Marriage enrichment
  • Divorce prevention
  • Recovery from extramarital affairs and other marital concerns
  • Issues of Grief and Loss (of a loved one, a pet, a job; suffering a physical disability/ major injury or surgery/ debilitating disease)
    • Bereavement/ Mourning
    • Complicated Grief (suffering multiple losses)
    • Anticipatory Grief (discovering that someone or something dear to you will soon be lost, such as a loved one entering Hospice care)
    • Disenfranchised Grief (grief over a relationship that can’t be openly acknowledged, socially sanctioned, or publicly mourned)
    • Unresolved Grief
  • Perfectionism
  • Harsh self-criticism
  • Low self-worth/ Worthlessness
  • Low self-esteem
  • Shame
  • Loneliness
  • Hopelessness
  • Suicidality and self-harming behaviors
  • Life transitions (adjusting to divorce or separation, an “empty nest”, a new baby, a new job, going back to school, going back to work after staying at home or a period of unemployment)
  • Life coaching
  • Holistic health & wellness coaching
  • Spiritual concerns


  • Currently Doctoral Candidate, PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision Program at Liberty University
  • Master’s degree in Professional Counseling, with a specialization in Marriage & Family Therapy, from Liberty University
  • Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science/ Psychology from the U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Additional graduate courses taken at Liberty Theological Seminary:
  • Systematic Theology I
  • Systematic Theology II
  • Hermeneutics (Biblical Interpretation)


  • American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)
  • American Counseling Association (ACA)

ACA Division Memberships:

  • Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling (ACAC)
  • Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC)
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
  • Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC)
  • International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC)


  • M.A.
  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)
  • Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (LAPC)
  • Clinical Supervisor:

Dr. Shannon Barnes, PhD, LPC, CPCS

  • Clinical Director:

Dr. Kirsten Moore, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist



5755 North Point Parkway,
Suite 240

Alpharetta, GA 30022
(678) 644-0039

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