ABOUT THE AUTHOR
"A huge desire of my heart is that people will discover their amazing value and worth....when they do, their life will never be the same."
-Shawna Burns, Author
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor-Clinical Supervisor. Before becoming a counselor, I taught special-education in the public school system and absolutely loved it. I almost didn't finish my counseling degree because of my passion for the classroom, yet I desperately wanted to find a way to reach my students on a deeper level. Over the past 14 years of being a mental health counselor, I have learned so many things that I wish I would have known as a teacher. One of my favorite things to do is to train teachers on these enlightening concepts so that they can use it in their classrooms. I have learned that some of the most powerful things we can do in the classroom to help students thrive truly are the most simple ones. By incorporating Maslow's concepts from the Heirarchy of Needs, we can help students who are are struggling emotionally and behaviorally reach a level 4 (positive self esteem) and thrive even when all the odds are stacked against them. Many of my trainings and books reflect on how to incorporate these "innate emotional human needs" into the classroom and at home to help students learn, grow, and thrive at their greatest potential.
In the counseling world, I also realized that these same basic concepts are the core foundation that clients need to overcome serious emotional and behavioral issues. I am living proof of this. Through my struggles of severe depression and eating disorders that lasted for 13 years, I understand what trauma looks like from the inside out. After years of trying multiple coping skills and many traditional therapy sessions, I finally came across a different type of counseling that dealt with my emotional pain and disorders at the root. In one counseling session, I overcame eating disorders and severe depression that almost took my life on many occasions. That counseling session literally changed my life, and I have devoted the past decade into developing that same process into a simple language for children (and adults) called Seed Digging. This compassionate approach blends many counseling models and Maslow's basic concepts together in an "analogy of a garden" to explain how mental health issues and addictions develop and how they can permanently be overcome. I look forward to sharing this information with you through my books and online/live trainings and hope that in the process we can help children and adults realize that their life matters, that they are amazing, and that they truly can overcome these problems and find healing that lasts. I hope you will join this journey with me.