Colton Shannon, LPC-MHSP
Colton works with men who are overwhelmed and disengaged from life. Colton primarily sees men who struggle with compulsive/addictive behaviors, anxiety, burnout, or trauma. He uses the Spiritual Root System, various psychodynamic theories, eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), existential philosophy, and emotionally focused theory. He also uses these same theories and philosophies to help couples regain a sense of connection and safety.
Colton has experience working in both inpatient and intensive outpatient settings in Memphis and Murfreesboro where he facilitated various mental health and addiction groups. He recently closed his private practice in Jackson, TN to work with the Sage Hill team in Murfreesboro. He is currently working on his dissertation to complete a Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision at Trevecca Nazarene University.
Colton lives in Murfreesboro with his wife (Rachael) and three kids (Max, Meryl, Murphy). He grew up on a small farm in Mt. Juliet, TN.
- Drug and Alcohol Addiction
- Marriage Counseling
- Premarital Counseling
MS Mental Health Counseling, Freed-Hardeman University
BA Biblical Studies, Freed-Hardeman University
Training and Certifications
EMDR Certified, Licensed Professional Counselor, Mental Health Service Provider, TN LC#4374, Prepare-Enrich Premarital and Marriage Inventory
I was born on Long Island, NY, but after six months my family moved to Gadsden, AL. I spent most of my childhood in Mt. Juliet, TN.
Do you have pets?
We have one pet, Gilligan. He is a golden-doodle. His name is Gilligan because my six year old son loves Gilligan's Island.
Describe yourself in five words.
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About Your Practice
My wife had one year left of her undergraduate degree, so I joined the mental health counseling program on a whim. I fell in love. I've had the honor to learn from some of the best therapists around, and these experiences have only heightened my excitement and wonder of being in this field.
Who has influenced your work?
There were specific professors in my master's program who showed me the power of listening well. I've been greatly influenced by Dr. Chip Dodd and Phil Herndon through the years. My grandfather, who was a carpenter, showed me how to be compassionate with all kinds of people and hold my own values.
How does your faith play itself out in your work?
My greatest joy is to work with clients on how the relational/emotional side of the self interacts with spiritual realities. This integration is rarely taught well at home, school, or church.
I love to be in my car, hit shuffle, and see how many genres we can fit into one car ride. I grew up on 1990's country music. I love sincerity of the singer/songerwriter and folk genres. Kings of Leon are my high school years.
Which TV show would you never miss?
What's your favorite book or author?
Dallas Willard Irvin Yalom
What is your favorite sport/physical activity?
Mt. Bikes and Baseball. All. Day. Long.
What's your favorite place to visit?
My grandparents house in Brushy, TN.
Just for Fun
Landscaping at the ripe old age of 13 yrs old.
What is your most treasured possession?
My coffee mug.
If you have friends coming over, what would you cook?
Grilled chicken fajitas
What pastimes or hobbies do you enjoy?
Snow skiing, reading, mt. biking, camping
Other than your current home, if you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Alta, Utah where I could snow ski or bike as needed.
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