We had the good fortune of connecting with Shevonne Lyons, LPC, NCC and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shevonne, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I saw a need for black therapists. Unaddressed mental health is a big concern in the black community. Many do not seek out therapy, with one of the reasons being the person available to serve them does not look like them. Black therapists make up a small percentage of mental health workers. I wanted to show up and be available to serve, particularly for Black women. Black women tend to take on the emotional toll of the household and the community. They are also least likely to engage in proper self-care. One of SHYNE Counseling’s goals is to not only teach black women how to cope with life while taking care of themselves, but to also help them find a sense of self outside of their many roles.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am the owner of SHYNE Counseling and Consulting, LLC, and provide counseling services to individuals, couples, and families. I follow a holistic approach to well-being, with treatment taking into consideration the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being. My goal is to help people on their journey of discovery, empowerment, and growth, to heal their wounds, develop inner wisdom, and build healthy relationships with others. I want you to find your light and SHYNE. I specialize in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder/Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, and Life-Coaching. I am a proud advocate for the Black community, women, and LGBTQ+ persons. I have been practicing for over 12 years, with most of that time spent with a community-based program. When I first started practicing, I was overwhelmed because I wanted to fix everyone and do everything. Plus be an attentive mother. I was feeling ineffective and experienced burn out often. I sought out help and learned the tools needed to set boundaries and effectively show up in all avenues of my life. It was through my journey of healing that exposed me to the need for women like me to treat women like me.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Atlanta is a city full of culture and history. I would take my best friend to visit the High Museum of Art, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center. Some of my favorite restaurants include Spice House, Jamrock Jerk Center, and Blue Cantina. We would walk through Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and bike on the Atlanta Beltline. My favorite neighborhoods are East Atlanta Village and the WestEnd.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to give a shout out to my daughter. To say she is what motivates is an understatement. From the moment she was born, I knew that I had to make sure that I did everything in my power to provide her with what she needed emotionally, physically, and mentally. I also knew she was looking to me as not only her mother, but as a black woman in the world. So, I accomplished goal after goal, with her by my side, and the help of my tribe.
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