If you’ve been struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship problems, or any other issues, then I think you deserve a happier, more satisfying life. And, you can discover that professional insight, tools, and guidance through counseling and therapy sometimes really can be the difference that makes the difference.However, unless you take the first step to solve your problems, they will never go away. Individuals, couples/pods, etc with a desire to open their relationship or address challenges that have occurred after opening up will find an experienced professional to help you navigate both.
As a systems trained therapist I believe in the power of relationships. My therapeutic approach honors and explores key relationships in a client’s life as they pertain to the problem that the client brings to therapy, and fostering a strong therapeutic alliance, integrating compassionate understanding to create a safe environment to explore client needs.
With over 10-years’ experience in marriage and family therapy, and as a graduate of the University of Louisville, Kent School of Social work, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy, he is currently serving as a private practitioner working with couples, families, and individual adults, and adolescents. Among his areas of expertise are Couples Therapy from an Integrative Therapy approach, Family Therapy, Polyamory, Alternative Lifestyles, Pre-Marital Counseling, Sex Therapy, and Individual Therapy around both individual and relationship issues.
He is a graduate of the Coaching Academy of North American (CANA) and is a Certified Master Coach and Life Coach.
He is a Kink Aware Professional (KAP) experienced provider of services for individuals, couples, and families dealing with emotional, behavioral, and relationship issues including alternative lifestyles(kink, BDSM,open-marriage/relationships, and polyamory); infidelity; anxiety; depression; grief and loss; isolation and loneliness; life transition; self-esteem, and stress management.
In addition, he has earned PHD in the field of social work and researcher in the fields of gerontology, human sexuality, intimacy, relationships, and masculine studies.
Having studied a variety of spiritual paths, including the mystical paths and wisdom of the great spiritual teachers, Dr. Oak’s perspective is broad and deep. This allows him to provide a setting in which clients have the opportunity to access their own inner resources and wisdom.
Methods such as hypnosis, visualization, meditation, psycho-spiritual tools, aromatherapy, communication processes, acupressure, Hoshin-Do, naturopathy, journal writing, are individually tailored for each person and their specific needs and goals.
With his diverse training and background, Shawn has an ability to address the key issues in people’s lives and to assist them to create a life with more peace, joy and fulfillment.
Doctor of Philosophy (PHD) Social work
Masters of Science in Social Work
Specialization: Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Louisville
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (KY Lic. # 104010) (IN Lic. # 35001769A)
Certified Prepare/Enrich Pre-Marital Counselor
Clinical Member, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Kentucky Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
American Psychological Association (APA)
Community – Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS)
Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA)
Kentucky Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (KAMFT)
Sexual Health Alliance (SHA)
Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love (SPSL)
National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF)