Meet The Therapist

LaKesha Shingler Howell

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 LaKesha Shingler Howell, LCSWA, LCASA, CSOTP received her B.S. from Claflin University in 2005 and her MSW from University of South Carolina in 2012. LaKesha is a nonjudgmental, confidential, trusting, and caring therapist that inspires others to overcome any obstacle by accessing the strength they have within. She is passionate about assisting individuals develop their strengths and teaching effective coping skills to promote and manage mental health.

LaKesha’s experience includes working with youth, adults, couples, veterans, families who experienced various issues such ADHD, mood, behavior, anxiety disorders, sex offenders and victims, trauma, grief and loss, family conflict, divorce, substance use and other mental illnesses. 

Therapy

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 LaKesha approaches clinical practice using a holistic and integrative approach including, but not limited to, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, strength based, family systems, and other modalities to ensure clients' individualized needs are met. LaKesha is also a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider and currently being trained for a TF-CBT National Roster practitioner. I am looking forward to assisting you on your journey of happiness, growth and healing. 

Getting Started

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 Whether you need a confidential ear to vent or support; my mission is to help you improve your life. I provide compassion and a non-judgmental, culturally sensitive environment that allows others to express themselves, uncover the barriers to achieving happiness, stability and success.  You don't have to continue living with your struggles. You can receive the help you need. I am here to assist you. Your happiness and improvements in your life is near. Step into Your Destiny!!

Common Questions

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Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.

Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face. 

Do you take insurance, and how does that work?

To determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, the first thing you should do is call them.  Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their answers.  Some helpful questions you can ask them:   

  • What are my mental health benefits?
  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
  • How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
  • How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?

Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?

 Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office.