Shannon Draper, MA

Parent Coach & Transition Specialist

For over 15 years I have been working with children, adolescents, and families in a variety of positions, though my work with families began long before my therapeutic training did. Over time my skills and style have become more specialized, earning a master's degree from Lesley University with a concentration in child and adolescent traumas.

My experience has allowed me to support families in multiple roles over the years, most recently as a Clinical Director for a therapeutic boarding school. Aside from my specialty and expertise in trauma work, I am well versed in working with individuals and their families needing support with issues arising from lack of self esteem or a strong sense of identity, depression, anxiety, self-harm, and other troubling behaviors. In each role in which I have served I have been privileged to be invited into families' lives in their most vulnerable moments. The courage and resilience that I have been permitted to witness has been an incredibly humbling experience that I continue to learn from.


I believe empathy, authenticity, and humor are important in all healing. My style is intentional and direct with warmth and compassion. As a parent I understand that it truly takes a village, there is bravery in seeking support, and a critical component in growth is being honest with ourselves about strengths, struggles, and goals.

Shannon is an incredibly compassionate and skilled individual who has a truly special ability to connect with her clients and create a safe place where they feel safe and heard. I have seen Shannon work successfully with a variety of clients and families that are struggling with a range of mental health issues. She is a consummate professional, yet extremely personable and has a tremendous ability to connect and support people from all walks of life. I wouldn't hesitate to confidently recommend her to work with and support families to develop new skills and lasting solutions.

— Parent