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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
  • #MeToo: Considerations for counseling

    Feb 02, 2018
    Social activist founded Tarana Burke, founded the Me Too movement to help survivors of sexual violence heal in a community of “empowerment and empathy[i].” More than a decade later the #MeToo movement went viral as numerous celebrities such as Alyssa Milano, Simone Biles, and Lady Gaga came forward with their experiences and shed light on the “magnitude of the problem[ii].”
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  • Self-love made simple

    Jan 25, 2018
    Faces of your friends and family may have flashed across your mind. If so, that is because love is typically interpreted as interpersonal. Did you consider yourself?
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  • Seven lies you’ve been told about counseling

    Jan 19, 2018
    I’ve heard a great deal of concerning messages around the process of counseling, and about counselors themselves. Stereotypes, misconceptions, and myths can be monstrous obstacles in achieving optimal mental health.
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  • How to be an LGBTQ+ affirming friend

    Jan 12, 2018
    I am really proud to be an LGBTQ+ affirmative practitioner and educator. Similarly, it makes me so happy when people approach me with questions as to how they can be more affirming. This joy isn’t because I’m happy to try to summarize my dissertation.
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  • Three TED Talks You Need to Watch if You're Considering Counseling

    Jan 10, 2018
    Mental health counseling can be beneficial for just about anyone. When I share that I’m often met with an array of responses. Some concur, but others are hesitant and even offended. Although we’ve come a long way, mental health stigma is still rather pervasive.
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