I have always been fascinated by human behavior—the interplay of people and the environment and how they affect one another. The mind and how it reacts (or hopefully—responds) to situations provide rich and fertile ground for observation and discussion.
As a single woman, I lived in Switzerland and taught first grade in a German Immersion setting. Later, as a military wife and mother of two children, I have lived in Senegal, Rwanda, Italy, Zimbabwe and Uganda. My experiences living overseas have been rewarding and complex.
Yes, life abroad can be exciting and wonderful, but foreign cultures can also be upsetting and jarring. The poverty of developing nations can become overwhelming, and I know how burnt out and defeated compassion fatigue can make anyone feel.
And, because I’ve been a trailing spouse—with and without children—I empathize with anyone living overseas as an expat. The Instagram smiles can be misleading, and the very real challenges of people in an international lifestyle often go unaddressed.
I became a therapist because I saw a need in the expat community for a mental health professional who understands these challenges from personal experience. It can be frustrating and time-consuming to explain the nuances of this lifestyle to someone who has never lived it. My intention is to give you a place to relax and feel guided by someone who gets your situation. That way, your therapy experience can focus on practical problem-solving and real-life changes. Instead of explaining your life, you can gain the tools to start fully living it right away.
In my work with veterans and their families, I’ve treated PTSD, depression, anxiety, domestic violence, grief, homelessness and moral injuries. It’s been my privilege to counsel these dedicated men and women as they reintegrate into everyday life. I feel fortunate to wake up every morning and be of assistance to my clients on their journey to a well-lived and meaningful life.
In my spare time I enjoy trying to keep up with my five-year-old twins, baking anything loaded with butter, sugar and carbs, and binge watching Netflix. I like spending time outdoors—photographing wildlife or just soaking up the sun. During my years abroad, I’ve learned that I can be my best self when I’m in touch with— and make time for—the things I find meaningful.
With help, you can tap into all that is meaningful and renewing for you. Regardless of what continent you’re on or what time zone you’re in, I’m passionate about offering you the care and support you need to thrive.
Therapist Shannon Miller holds a master’s degree in social work, with a sub-concentration in military studies. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in education. Over the past 15 years, Shannon has lived in seven countries on three continents. She held a top-secret security clearance during the years she worked for the State Department.