Shawnda Burns

Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Certified Addictions Professional

About Shawnda

Shawnda is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Certified Addiction Professional in the State of Florida who has over 20 years of experience in the mental health field. My areas of expertise include working with individuals and families.

I’ve spent two decades helping clients work through mental health issues and obstacles such as addiction, substance abuse, family conflict, and more. In that time, I’ve developed the knowledge and expertise needed to offer professional, effective psychotherapy.

Areas of Speciality

Adolescent Issues (14+)
Relationship Issues
Substance Abuse
Diabetes Family Support

I focus on the importance of valuing yourself, forgiving yourself for not being perfect, and most importantly, knowing that you are deserving. With a greater sense of self-worth, you will successfully pursue the things you need and want—relationships, work, education, etc.

As a therapist, my main focus is to help individuals, parents, and adolescents gain insight into themselves as well as their problems. My approach to counseling is compassionate, with the use of empowerment, personal strengths, insight, and humor to assist the client in addressing challenging issues and making positive life choices.

I create a supportive environment for parents and families struggling with chronic illness, specifically diabetes. My son was diagnosed with Insulin Dependent Diabetes at the age of two and I am extremely familiar with how chronic illnesses impact not only the individual battling the illness but also the family. I bring both a professional and personal touch to the family. 


MS, Mental Health Counseling, Miami Institute Of Psychology, Miami, Florida
BS, Criminology, University Of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida


Licensed Mental Health Counselor (Lic. #MH8451)
Certified Addiction Professional (Lic. #2497)

20+ Years Experience

Psychotherapist - West Broward Counseling Center, Weston, FL
Psychotherapist - A Place For Growth, Weston, FL
Treatment Counselor - Broward Sheriff’s Office, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Case Manager - Henderson Mental Health Center, Fort Lauderdale, FL