Shannen Malutinok

Shannen Malutinok | Banyan Tree Counseling



Master of Public Health

How Can I Help?

Do you feel discontent or overwhelmed? Do you worry that your life is not going the direction you hoped or intended? Are you finding it difficult to navigate your most treasured relationships? Have your relationships suffered due to recent life events? Are you having trouble making decisions? Are you grieving a loss? Are you hoping to live life to the full? It is not uncommon to experience these feelings. And it is possible to feel better.

Whether you are seeking counseling due to life transitions, loss, conflict in your relationships, career stress, school experiences, or feelings of disconnect, I am here for you. I have a passion for helping people through the confusing and challenging situations in life. Your life does not affect you alone. That is why I offer individual, couples, and family counseling. I believe everyone has the right to a content life. I aim to facilitate individuals, couples, and families to a place where they feel empowered to have the life they want.

My Experience:

I have been fortunate to have a versatile career as a before beginning as a private practice clinical social worker. My experiences prior to joining the team at the Banyan Tree Center in 2010 helped me hone my counseling skills for listening to people and facilitating growth through some of the hardest situations. As I was transitioning into private practice, I worked at the University of Georgia as the lead therapist and researcher on a project aimed to enhance addictions counseling. Before moving to Athens, I lived in Atlanta where I provided counseling to women experiencing high risk pregnancies. Prior, I worked in the field of adoption, both with birth mothers and adoptive families. Since I went to graduate school in New Orleans, I counseled families who were in crisis after Hurricane Katrina. Though each of my positions varied, I gained invaluable experience that I am able to apply to my counseling practice.

My Education:

I have been a licensed social worker since 2005, and I received my license as a clinical social worker (LCSW) in 2008. I received my master’s in social work and master’s in public health from Tulane University in 2005. I completed my bachelor’s in consumer journalism at the University of Georgia. I became a CAPPA certified childbirth instructor in 2010. Since I completed my academic career I have enjoyed honing my skills and keeping up-to-date on the latest therapy methods by going to various conferences.

What to Expect from Me:

I am available for counseling and social work supervision on a weekly basis, primarily during the evening hours. I understand that schedules are tight, so I am flexible and I am open to accommodate weekend sessions.