A little about Rebecca


Rebecca M. Shaw received her PhD in psychology from Walden University in 2003.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (#487) in the State of Alaska.  As a therapist, educator, trainer, program director, and clinical director, she has been working with families for over 15 years.  She has worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families in a variety of counseling, academic, training, outpatient, and residential settings.
She is a co-author of "The Circle and the Square" focused on healing in the Native culture.  She co-created and co-facilitated the Family Circle of Healing program for a local non-profit agency.  This culturally-based healing program uses a traditional talking circle format and contemporary psychoeducational intervention and prevention strategies for women and children who have experienced traumatic exposure.  She has taken the Circle of Healing principles and brought healing groups into residential settings for children and adolescents as well as church settings to help women experience spiritual and emotional healing.
As the daughter and spouse of retired military men, she fully understands the challenges associated with change, transitions, relationships, separations, new schools, and loneliness.  She also is familiar with the parenting and marital challenges that come along with reunification with a loved one after being apart for extended periods of time.  
Although she works with many clients dealing with a variety of challenges, most of her clinical and educational experience is in the areas of trauma, attachment, pervasive developmental disorders (Autism and Asperger's), grief and loss, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD), Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), and behavior management.

Rebecca uses a variety of intervention and prevention strategies to help people work through their challenges and move toward their goals.  She especially enjoys working with children and families using play therapy strategies and principles (e.g., Filial, Theraplay, sandtray, etc.).  Other intervention styles include traditional insight-focused talking therapies, solution-focused, cognitive behavioral, EMDR, biofeedback, and more.

Hopefully the description above provides you with enough information about Rebecca to decide whether she has the background, knowledge, and skills to help you.  If so, then please call her to schedule an appointment.  Thank you for visiting the Tapestry of Life web page.



Cites for Circle of Healing

Morgan, R., Freeman, L., & Shaw, R. (2007). The circle of healing and the square: A model for the inclusion of culturally based healing approaches within allopathic medical practice. In Pappas, R., Smythe, W., Baydala, A. (Eds.), "Cultural Healing and Belief Systems". Calgary , Alberta : Detselig Enterprises.

Morgan, R. (2002). The circle of healing. Unpublished manuscript.