Shawn Rill

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Shawn Rill

  • Experience4 year(s) of Experience
  • EducationMSW
  • ExpertiseOnline therapy
Visit Schedule:Mon to Fri 9 to 5

Greetings! I am here to help you work through your current situation and obtain your goals. My name is Shawn, and I am a licensed social worker in Maryland. I am only able to work with people who are within the state of Maryland and I only work with adults.

I specialize in working with adults who have ADHD as well as adults who experience excess anxiety, worry, or distress. I also work with adult men who may experience common Men’s Issues.

Living with these conditions can be incredibly tough, and they often impact not only your mental well-being but also your daily activities and relationships. I help people identify and navigate the unique patterns of thinking and behavior associated with these conditions.

You see, our thoughts and actions become ingrained habits over time, shaping the outcomes we experience in our lives. If you find that your current experiences are not aligned with your desires, it’s time to consider making meaningful changes.

Together, we can work towards a brighter future. None of us were born with an instruction manual. So let’s figure this out together.

What should a new client know about working with you?

I believe that the client is the expert in their lives and I seek to identify their inner and community resources, past examples of success, elicit their strengths, and honor their current achievements while acknowledging their stressors and challenges.

I find it important to identify the client’s values – what is important to them – and how they both define their values and identify when they fulfill their values.

I also look for the solutions that the client is already using in their lives currently or in the past. If something is working – and it is not harming oneself or another – then use it. If new solutions are needed, then we can work together, collaboratively, to find what works best for you, the individual.

My mission is to help people make positive changes in their lives and to reach more of their potential. I have a background in mindfulness, meditation, life coaching, neuro-linguistic programming, hypnosis, and rational living therapy (a form of CBT).

In my counseling work, I use an eclectic toolkit from various brief therapies, behavioral therapies, and mindfulness. I utilize a behavioral framework while also being familiar with humanistic psychology and social constructivism.

I mostly lean on solution-focused brief therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and mindfulness-based interventions. The “doingness” or “taking action” is an important aspect of my counseling work. If you are not willing to do some work, and at least be open to reaching a place where you are able to take responsibility for what you can control and how you can make changes in your life, then I am not the right counselor for you.

What is your typical process for working with clients?
There are many methods to change that work, but what they have in common is coming up with a strategy that works for the individual. A strategy the person is willing to do. Change does not need to be hard if someone is ready, open, and willing to make a change in their life. You do need to take an active role in the process, though. There are no magic pills. To get new results, new behaviors need to be practiced. It is through the repeated practice of new thoughts, feelings, and behaviors along with access to supports and resources that creates change in one’s life.

We are creatures of habit. A lot of our day has been practiced and we are simply going through the motions. A lot of our problems are practiced habits. Whether it is learned behavior, an unhealthy coping mechanism, or an attempt to get our needs met.

It takes a change in our behaviors – our daily practices. Our daily patterns and routines compound through regular repetition every day and week and turn into our habits, rituals, and routines. We react to certain things, people, situations, and environments based upon how we have practiced over and over again.

However, that can be changed; we can create new patterns and learn to “respond” in the world instead of “reacting”.

If we want to change the results that we are getting in our lives – the experiences that we are having – then we need to change what we are doing on a regular basis. Period.