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Shainna Ali is a mental health counselor, educator, and advocate located in Central Florida. Dr. Shainna is passionate about highlighting the importance of mental health awareness, assessment, and care in living a happy and healthy life. Her areas of focus in research and practice include identity and culture, emotional intelligence, trauma, and creativity in counseling.  For more information on Dr. Shainna please visit
  • Counseling in the time of COVID-19: Tips to help clinicians transition to telemental health (part 1)

    Apr 30, 2020
    Within the last decade, telemental health has been utilized to meet client needs by improving convenience and accessibility to quality care. Also known as telebehavioral health, distance counseling, or virtual counseling, this serve generally utilizes a digital platform to provide synchronous “secure, encrypted, audio-video conferencing” to provide services to clients.
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  • Seven Sets of Self-Care Counselors Could Benefit From During COVID-19

    Apr 17, 2020
    As a global community, we are all adjusting to a new normal as we fight to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. In this community, counselors have been playing a key role. Many have swiftly transitioned to telemental health and have consistently been holding space for the many emotions that are commonly being evoked during this time.
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  • Self-Care & Social Distancing: Helping Clients Adjust During COVID-19

    Apr 16, 2020
    As the world is adjusting to a new normal, many are recognizing the need to alter their lifestyles in order to continue to foster wellness during this time. While self-care strategies tend to be subjective, one constant that’s difficult to deny is the essentiality of coping during times of high stress.
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  • Counseling Considerations for the Coming-Out Process

    Oct 11, 2018
    Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer individuals and those who otherwise identify as a minority in terms of affectional orientation and gender identity/expression (LGBTQ+) have a higher rate of mental health concerns than their heterosexual and cisgender counterparts.
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  • Coloring Books in Counseling

    May 22, 2018
    Within the last decade adult coloring books have surged in popularity. The vast selection available today includes abstract images, mandalas, and your beloved characters from Marvel, to Disney, and anything in between (like famous Facebook kitty, Pusheen).
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