MSW, LCSWA, LCAS, CSI
“Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most
important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.” ― Bessel A. van der Kolk
Are you consumed by worry and overwhelm? So much so that it is easier just to stay home. Are you feeling isolated and alone in your stress and unmotivated to do anything today? Wondering what happened to the person you used to know and want to rediscover yourself? Or, you may be experiencing immense shame and guilt nearly every day. Are you finding your relationships challenging to navigate? Not knowing how to say what you need and want to say?Or, you may be struggling to break addictive patterns and feeling desperate for change.
You’ve decided it’s time for a change and desire to feel more like yourself. To break old cycles and take back your life. You want to have courage in your relationships and your communication. Feel confident that you have the skills to get through no matter the situation. To wake up ready to take on the day and go to bed feeling satisfied and fulfilled. If you resonate with these words, I am the therapist for you. I will create a space and opportunity to feel safe, validated, and a part of the process. I will listen as you are your expert and provide reflections and perspectives while working together. I will nourish excitement about a treatment process individualized to your strengths, needs, and preferences.
Hi! My name is Shea McGinnis, and I am a clinical therapist with Winter to Spring Wellness. When supporting others, my approach is to create a space and opportunity to feel safe, validated, and a part of. With that, here is a list of my guarantees and what you can count on:
- I will remain authentic and transparent throughout the healing process to ensure safety.
- I will be reliable and have integrity within the therapeutic relationship that we build together.
- I will remain non-judgmental and nourish excitement about developing a creative treatment process individualized to your strengths, needs, abilities, and preferences.
- I will offer compassionate and direct communication.
- I will treat you with respect and dignity.
My approach to therapy is a relational and integrative approach that combines cognitive work, building emotional capacities, trauma processing, and somatic resourcing (becoming more present and embodied). I rely heavily on recent neuroscience and attachment research and research from relational theories. Relational theories view disconnection experiences (within ourselves, with others, or with the world) as what leads to human suffering. Naturally, we are relational beings; however, we have learned through past experiences to hide parts of ourselves to be accepted or loved. My goal is to create a growth-fostering relationship where we can reclaim those parts of ourselves and heal the disconnection from our past with new narratives.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate (LCSWA) with the North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Social Work. In addition, I am a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS) and a Certified Supervisor Intern (CSI) with the North Carolina Substance Abuse Addiction Board. I received a Master of Social Work in May 2020 from East Tennessee State University. I have worked in community mental health outpatient clinics and an inpatient residential program working with co-occurring disorders for almost a decade. I currently specialize in working with trauma, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and alcohol and substance use disorders. I am trained
in the Gorski Relapse Prevention model and specialize in supporting individuals who have a history of or are currently struggling with addictive behaviors.
When I am not working, my focus is on creating a life that aligns with my values of family, creativity, nature, and connection. You may find me sitting in a sunspot beside that beautiful withering tree, blowing bubbles while holding my baby and my toddler running in circles, trying to pop them. Or smiling and laughing alongside my partner as we connect with friends under the moon and around a fire. Embers are be flying! These are the moments I feel most aligned with my most precious values; I feel content. So, as we work together, I hope to help you find your moments of contentment and live a life that is yours.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know that our sessions will stay private?
We are bound by law and ethics to keep everything you share with your therapist confidential. Winter to Spring Wellness is known as a “covered entity” under HIPAA, which means that we’re subject to all HIPAA rules and guidelines. This will be discussed with you in your first session in more detail.
Do you offer online sessions?
Absolutely. We offer both teletherapy sessions to clients who prefer online to in-person appointments. These sessions are offered in a HIPAA compliant video platform.
Does Winter to Spring Wellness accept insurance?
Yes, we do! We accept many major insurance plans, including Blue Cross, Anthem, Optum, United, Aetna. This can vary by the provider. To view what insurance plans your preferred clinician accepts, please view their profile page for more information.
What can I expect from my first session?
The initial session is the time for you to begin establishing rapport with your therapist. Furthermore, the initial session is where the therapist gathers vital information regarding the presenting concerns, goals, history and mental wellness. The allowed time frame for the initial visit is approximately 55-60 minutes.
Can I pick the therapist I would like to work with myself?
Absolutely! We want your sessions to be successful and will tailor them to your needs. You can review our provider profiles online, or you can give us a call, and we’ll offer guidance based on specialties and certifications.
How long do I have to be in therapy?
You don’t have to do anything! If you want to make meaningful changes to your life and relationships, the length of treatment is based on your needs and goals. Your therapist will work with you to identify a treatment plan that suits your timeline. We promise we won’t keep you for longer than needed.
“Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.”
― Bessel A. van der Kolk
28 Schenck Parkway, Ste. 200,
Asheville, NC 28803