Shannon Leary, LPC, LSATP, CSAC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner

Certified Substance Abuse Counselor

217 McLaws Circle, Suite 2
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
Phone: 757-253-0371
Fax: 757-253-8063

Additional Information

Practice Specialties or Interests:

Couples Issues
Drug Addictions
Eating Issues
Family Issues
Internet Addiction
Marriage Issues
Men’s Issues
Relationship Issues
Sexual Addiction
Sexual Disorders
Sexual Identity
Substance Abuse
Women’s Issues

Treatment Approaches:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Communication enhancement/development
Emotion Focused
Motivational Enhancement
Reality Therapy
12 Step Facilitation

Practice Description:

My work with clients is centered on helping the client explore the origin of his/her struggles and on developing alternative coping skills and strategies for facing life's obstacles. I see each client as an individual possessing the capacity for insight regarding his/her current difficulties. Unfortunately, this insight is often blocked by unhealthy ways of relating to others and the world. These unhealthy ways may include the use of substances, sexuality, or other behaviors used to the extreme, turning pain and fear inward in order to keep one's self hidden from others, or using ineffective communication to express one's self. In each of these situations, I work with the client or couple to develop an understanding of how past and current experiences work together to create today's reality. I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and groups and have an extensive background working with each. I believe in collaborative treatment and as such strive to include as many resources as possible, including spouses, families, and referral sources. Lastly, I have experience working with impaired healthcare providers and other professionals. I work with the Virginia Health Practitioner's Monitoring Program (HPMP) and Lawyers Helping Lawyers (LHL) to create outpatient counseling support for complex addiction and return-to-work issues faced by these professionals.


I received my Masters in Education with a specialty in Community and Addictions Counseling from the College and William and Mary.

Professional Affiliations:

American Mental Health Counselors Association
American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists


0701005299 Va. Licensed Professional Counselor
0718000246 Va. Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner
0710102436 Va. Certified Substance Abuse Counselor

Accepted Insurance:

Most insurance plans accepted.

Driving Directions:

About 1 mile from Busch Gardens, 2 miles from Colonial Williamsburg, directly off U.S. Route 60.

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