Dr. Shantel Sullivan earned her Ed.D in Educational Leadership and her MSW in Advanced Generalist Social Work from the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. As a clinician, she has always considered how we can improve systems that impact the lives of the members of our communities. In 2015, she spearheaded a project to bring the first intensive outpatient program (IOP) to her home county of St. Lawrence in New York. She served as a faculty member for the State of New York Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Bureau of Workforce Development. In her role with OASAS, she provided regional education on adolescent co-occurring disorders. She was also a member of the Western Carolina University Faculty Institute on Community Engagement (FICE). Dr. Sullivan has engaged in writing and research to address caregiver burnout, compassion fatigue, and occupational suicide. She co-authored and presented a paper, “Compassion Fatigue and Psychological Risk Factors of Healthcare Professionals and Occupational Suicide: A Literature Review and Recommendations for HRD.” She continues to pursue opportunities to research, teach, and promote the self-care and well-being of healthcare providers.
She strongly believes that each patient is their own expert. She listens intently and uses a strengths-based approach to find solutions that meet her clients’ individual needs. Her core methodology involves positive psychology, CBT, narrative theory, and solution-focused brief therapy. Dr. Sullivan is now the lead therapist for the MindPath Addiction Recovery Center in Raleigh.
Why did you choose mental health as a career path?
“I chose mental health as a career path because I have always wanted to give those suffering a voice. From a very young age, I wanted my classmates, elderly neighbors, and the bully on the street to know that someone wants to listen to them. I studied clinical social work to help provide the tools to competently listen and offer healing. Using evidence-based practices, I partner with people to find ways to live happier, healthier lives.”
- Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder
- Adjustment Disorder
- Alcohol Use
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Drug Use
- Family Counseling
- Relationship/Marital Counseling
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Postpartum Depression
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)