Private Sessions

Are you ready for a safe place where you can discover, explore and express – working with what is driving you to therapy? Welcome! You have found a home base for body, spirit, emotions and thoughts. At the NeuroImaginal Institute, Dr. Shannon Simonelli helps her clients navigate every-day challenges and scary, big life issues in non-threatening, creative ways. Her clients grow and learn, ending up with more confidence, meeting their life with more internal peace, mastery and aliveness.

Dr. Shannon’s clients may be accomplished, yet often feel the cultural pressure of perfectionism, feeling not-good-enough or second guessing themselves. They may have physical or emotional pain and a big stress over load. They may feel restless, quietly lost or that life is not what they hoped it would be.

Their deeper, most personal questions are: Do I have what it takes to succeed? Can I really be happy? Will I ever find the right work or partner? Is there more to life and how am I missing it?

As a master clinician of her unique integrative approach, Dr. Shannon understands healing & transformation! Growing up with her own family mental health issues, learning disability, depression & anxiety, she has traveled the path of personal healing. Her education and training have given her experience in acute clinical care, addiction recovery & private practice to support real, embodied change with her clients.  Her mission is to guide clients home to who they really are & to what matters most to them so they can live free, connected & fully alive.

Are you ready to get the support you have been looking for? Schedule a consult and become a client now.

Complimentary Consult

Request a complimentary 20 minute consultation.

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An integrative approach with Dr. Simonelli is a non-pathologizing approach to address the challenges of living a meaningful, thriving life. Integrative, Imaginal Creative Arts Therapy helps you build your capacity to be kind with yourself, to tolerate the unexpected, to navigate the ups & downs of life with presence & mastery.

Dr. Shannon specializes in working with therapists and helping professionals in their own inner work & stress management, teens and their parents/parenting issues, feeling stuck or overwhelmed in life, work or relationships, questioning religious/spiritual orientation and sense of self if leaving a religious group, LGBTQ+ life & relationship issues.

Reach out, schedule a consult to discuss the goodness of fit for this therapy & with Dr. Shannon.

ARE YOU:

  • Unhappy, struggling, stressed or worried much of the time
  • Doing the best you can and yet it feels ‘not enough’
  • Questioning your faith or coming out of religious indoctrination
  • A healer or therapist in need of a safe, high quality place to process, reflect, release stress, or make meaning in your personal or work life

DO YOU STRUGGLE WITH:

  • Burnout, compassion fatigue, over giving, high stress
  • Self doubt, second guessing yourself, not trusting your self
  • Focus, organization or follow through
  • Self-esteem & self-worth issues
  • Educational wounding or abuse
  • Teen issues or parenting your teens

DO YOU FEEL:

  • In transition (death of loved one, empty nest, end of relationship, divorce, graduation, career change, retirement, menopause)
  • Out of balance with all the demands on you
  • Loss of passion or purpose
  • Lost spiritually

WOULD YOU LIKE TO FEEL:

  • Support to be with what is true in you, your life, work or relationships
  • More resilience, safety & greater trust
  • More freedom in your life
  • More confident in your self, your ideas, your choices
  • More joy & happiness
  • Fully empowered to create your own life

Reach out and become a new client.

In office, by phone or video conference. Enjoy the dignity & possibility in life that is your birthright.

 

*Shannon Simonelli Ph.D., ATR is a Ph.D. in Imaginal Psychology and Creative Arts Therapy, a Nationally Registered Art Therapist, and credentialed in a variety of integrative body based approaches.

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  • Shannon Simonelli Ph.D., ATR has gathered and become masterful with an effective combination of brain based, heart centered, body & image oriented, imagination harnessing ways of working with clients. She believes feeling better comes from learning to support the multifaceted nature of yourself – your thoughts, emotions, needs, physical & playful nature, spiritual & social relationships, and even parts of your Essential Self you may have pushed away long ago. Integrating these aspects invites more harmony, maturity and an opportunity to hear the desire of your Soul, a powerful guiding force in life. Learn practical skills & practices to invite more and more of your whole Self to be present, effective and accounted for in your life.

    Art Therapy

    ses art process and various art materials to explore and express emotions, life issues, foster self-awareness, manage behavior, develop social skills, improve your perception of reality, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. Working through metaphor to address current life experience we bypass the conscious brain and invite a deeper, Soul-full knowing and discovery. Together we discover meaning, expression and direction in your art making. No ‘artistic’ talent needed.

    Moving Awareness

    Learn to hear what your body is telling you all the time. This deep invitation into greater body based awareness coupled with the imagination invites brain based change to occur. Learn to listen and be informed by these deep inner promptings that constantly call us into greater coherence and well-being. Learn to decipher old outdated reactive ways of being from the deeper call of your Essential Self. The maps and resources of 5Rhythms Movement Therapy and Authentic Movement bring body based resources and invite awareness and expanded expression in movement and in life.

    “Thank you so much! My daughter said something very powerful today about your session. She said (paraphrasing) that it “put her in touch with her pain.” She was very stimulated in the most positive way by this first session. Onward!”

    Imaginal Journeywork

    A guided experience which opens you to both the world of psyche or Soul and teaches us to connect with the rich imaginal world in and around us always. This is a tool for greater self understanding, shifting, life changing clarity and direction setting – draw on potent personal imagery to move from mid and low brain patterned reactions into greater self-directed mastery towards desired states of being.

    Whole-Brain States

    Psych-K offers an effective and straight-forward way to shift self-limiting beliefs that do not serve you. Targeting out dated emotionally triggered and often subconscious beliefs helps to change the response you have in the moment. In a short amount of time this changes the results you experience in your life.

    Neurocartiology Heart Rate Variability Shifting Technique

    Learn to quickly shift out of what we call amygdala highjack – you know this place, you feel fearful, worried, anxious, stressed or threatened. You start thinking ‘what if’ and imagining how one undesirable thing leads to the next, you may feel out of control or unable to stop thinking and feeling the negative effects this brings. Learn to shift your heart rate variability and quickly bring your body and brain into coherence and get access to your creative (problem solving) mind and greater peace and joy.

    “I have gotten more benefit out of our first few sessions than I have with other therapists after many more visits.”

    Thought Field Therapy (TFT) (Tapping)

    When applied to problems TFT addresses the underlying, fundamental causes, providing information in the form of a healing code, balancing the body’s energy system and allowing you to eliminate most negative emotions within minutes and promote the body’s own healing ability. This tool is one you can learn and use with yourself to shift negative emotions on your own.

    Nature and Esoteric Systems

    We draw on the teaching of nature, external landscapes and seasonal cycles to remind us of our inner landscapes and our deep indigenous knowing. Astrology, divination through the I Ching, Tarot and other wisdom decks are invited for greater insight, understanding and meaning making.

    The integrative synergy of these modalities invite powerful insight, awareness, healing and shifts in-session, they also offer tools to use in daily life to further anchor our work together. In a relatively short time you may notice you no longer think of or experience difficulties in the same way. As shifts and new skills take root, the choices you make can shift and the results you experience can too.
  • shannon-100Integrative Art Therapy with Dr. Shannon Simonelli draws on experiential and expressive therapies that invite deep understanding, healing and alignment with your true self. Skill building and practical steps ground the work in daily life, help to deactivate fear cycles or negatively patterned responses, and support you in living from your deeper truth, purpose and joy.

    Shannon is a nationally Registered Art Therapist, with over 20 years experience in integrative practice, Shannon also co-founded the NeuroImaginal Institute where she educates other professionals on the power of integrative ways of working. She is a member of the American Art Therapy Association, the Jung Society of Utah, the American Holistic Medical Association and the newly forming Academy of Integrative Health Medicine.

    Integrative Art Therapy with Dr. Shannon Simonelli draws on experiential and expressive therapies that invite deep understanding, healing and alignment with your true self. Skill building and practical steps ground the work in daily life, help to deactivate fear cycles or negatively patterned responses, and support you in living from your deeper truth, purpose and joy.

    Shannon is a nationally Registered Art Therapist, with over 20 years experience in integrative practice, Shannon also co-founded the NeuroImaginal Institute where she educates other professionals on the power of integrative ways of working. She is a member of the American Art Therapy Association, the Jung Society of Utah, the American Holistic Medical Association and the newly forming Academy of Integrative Health Medicine.

    Vita available upon request. Click to request

    “If you wish to take a big, bold step towards pulling the different aspects of yourself together in a way that aligns you to be more true to yourself then this is the work for you!”

  • Working with Dr. Simonelli is available through video conference, phone calls or office visits. Each session develops in it’s own rhythm, like an unfolding process or work of art, regardless to how you meet Shannon in session. Often, you will be given suggestions to deepen your discovery, new learning or practice throughout the week and then discuss this with Shannon when you return for your next appointment. This offers you immediate traction and opens lots of room for you to realize the change you are seeking. Weekly sessions are the norm, although once every two weeks is an option for some clients.

    Video Conferencing

    On-line video conferencing through Skype, Facetime, Facebook or other carrier of your choice, allows you to be in the comfort and ease of your office or home, with no commute time and greater access to the practitioner of your choice. Shannon has been working with clients in this way for several years and finds it as effective and satisfying as a face to face office visit. Together you will explore the issue you are working on, starting with a check in and then draw on the various modalities Shannon works with. Some clients are more open to art or guided visualization and others are more oriented towards embodied awareness and movement exploration – we begin where you are. Simple and powerful explorations and/or shifts can take place with each of these modalities. Brain and/or emotion based shifting strategies (psych-k, heart rate variability or TFT) are drawn on to further anchor your work, help “re-wire” your nervous system and invite new pathways for thoughts and emotions.

    Phone sessions

    This way of working can offer clients an unusual intimacy and safety. Have you ever noticed that speaking to a friend or family member by phone can open you to talk about things that might feel uncomfortable if you were face to face? That talking by phone opens you to your own thoughts and feelings and makes it easier for you to both be with them and speak them out loud? This is true in phone-based work as well. Dr. Shannon, being an Integrative Art Therapist, may ask you what you are aware of in your body or what image comes to mind as you reflect on something. She may ask you to imagine something different in your life or take you through a guided visualization. She may ask you to do a quick piece of art and then describe it to her or photograph it and text it to her. Working by phone can be as effective as being in the office or on video conferencing, if talking on the phone is a modality that works for you.

    Office Visits

    If you live in Salt Lake City, Utah and would prefer to come in to the office Shannon will see you face to face. Often local clients begin this way and transition to Skype sessions.

    Currently, Dr. Simonelli does not accept insurance, sessions are fee for service with some sliding scale.
  • "I have tried many other therapists with minimal results. I made more headway working with Shannon in a shorter period of time than I have experienced with any other therapy." - Annie

    Shannon is the best therapist I know." - Nita Gage, NeuroImaginal Institute Co-founder (more coming soon)
  • Group work is a powerful way to create change. Dr. Shannon Simonelli has developed the Luminous Life Maps system as a way to support clients in navigating life in a group setting.

    Seasonal Women's Groups, Monthly Mini-Retreats and special Event open to Men, Women and older teens offer a wide variety of opportunities to enjoy and engage in group experiences for healing and growth.

    www.LuminousLifeMaps.com/all-upcoming-events/