Colton Shannon

Colton Shannon, LPC-MHSP

coltonshannon@rivertreecenter.com

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.

Concentrations

Anxiety
Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Marriage Counseling
Premarital Counseling
Trauma

Education

MS Mental Health Counseling, Freed-Hardeman University

BA Biblical Studies, Freed-Hardeman University

Training & Certifications

EMDR Certified, Licensed Professional Counselor,
Mental Health Service Provider, TN LC#4374,
Prepare-Enrich Premarital and Marriage Inventory

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The Basics

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.

We have one pet, Gilligan. He is a golden-doodle. His name is Gilligan because my six year old son loves Gilligan’s Island.

Steady, Thinker, Listener, Reader, Active

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.

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.

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.

Favorites

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.

Dallas Willard Irvin Yalom

Mt. Bikes and Baseball. All. Day. Long.

My grandparents house in Brushy, TN.

Just For Fun

Landscaping at the ripe old age of 13 yrs old.

Snow skiing, reading, mt. biking, camping